An indie band who’ve been constructing their fan base with greater than 100 stay exhibits since debuting in 2020 (as a four-piece), Sydney’s Dande and The Lion’s newest launch is the only ‘Tougher To Breathe’.
Influenced by the likes of The Bare and Well-known, Wolf Alice, Metric and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dande and The Lion fuse synth-pop with indie rock, and are fronted by twin entrance girls Abbey Gardner and Natassa Zoe.
“‘Tougher To Breathe’ is a music about reflecting on a time while you had been influenced to a degree the place you now not acknowledged your self,” Abbey says.
“It is acknowledging that this individual modified your core, however you are not going to let it occur once more as a result of you may see now that their affect wasn’t coming from a spot of affection.”
The follow-up to their earlier 2022 single ‘Low-cost Alternative’, ‘Tougher To Breathe’ was recorded with ARIA-nominated producer Xavier Dunn (Jack River, GRAACE), and blended and mastered by Klaus Hill (Masked Wolf).
“I bear in mind having a d&m session with the band in regards to the state of affairs, and having all of them hype me up,” provides Abbey. “Shortly after, we had been jamming on ‘Tougher To Breathe’ and the lyrics simply flowed so simply.
“‘Tougher To Breathe’ initially began being created whereas we had been listening to lots of Tigertown’s music, particularly ‘Lonely Cities’.
“We needed to attempt writing a music with an anti-chorus and as soon as we began jamming on the thought, the music wrote itself.”
Right here, the band’s bass participant Nick sits down for a chat about their music, being animal lovers and that one time they employed a last-minute alternative drummer as they drove to the present.
Who’s… Dande and The Lion is an Australian/ UK indie pop-rock band fronted by twin vocalists Abbey Gardner (synth) and Natassa Zoë (guitar), with Nicholas Shea (bass) and Chris Gabriel (drums).
We sound like… We’re unsure who we sound like, however we’re massively influenced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Jezebels, Wolf Alice, The Bare and Well-known.
Our first gig… As a four-piece; The Bridge Lodge in Rozelle among the many COVID lockdown legal guidelines.
When did you decide on the group’s title, and it was a unanimous choice… Sure, it was a unanimous choice. There have been a couple of names flying round and Tass was attempting some dandelion tea someday and simply put it to the band and that was it.
Within the studio we normally… Take heed to Natassa’s latest day occasions, whereas Nick snacks on some meals, as Abbey tries to discover a lead or energy cable that works, leaving Chris sitting patiently ready for the remainder of us. In some unspecified time in the future we really decide up our devices and begin taking part in.
If we might tour with anybody… Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolf Alice, The Bare and Well-known, The Remedy.
Social media is… To catch-22. Ahh, however how else is one going to listen to my music?
My favourite app for the time being is… The calendar. Not solely does the cellphone present the time, however it will possibly additionally present you the day.
To this point, our most embarrassing second was the time… We had been heading to Newcastle from Sydney and came upon that Chris would not be capable of make it. So whereas driving up we put an advert out on socials and acquired a random drummer to fulfill us on the present.
With no rehearsal or information of the songs or heads up of what the modifications had been, we dragged this poor man via a grueling 40-minute set, and drove again in silence vowing by no means to do this once more. I suppose if anybody goes to rightly butcher your personal songs, it might as properly be you.
Life on the street could be… Epic. Taking part in your personal music and assembly new folks. We handle to take advantage of no matter state of affairs and it undoubtedly helps that all of us get alongside. Besides Chris.
For those who’ll have us in your invoice, all we ask is that our rider accommodates… Whisky, Seltzers, water, UP&GO for Chris.
Probably the most scary situation we have discovered ourselves in, was… All in the identical gig. Abbey misplaced her voice on the primary music and needed to sing an octave decrease for the rest of the set, Tass was coping with an outage on the backline amp, Chris’s drum pad stopped working mid set, and one way or the other we managed to get via it.
What superstar/ well-known individual would you like to be spokesperson of the band… Woody Harrelson – he’d be entertaining and doubtless a cool individual to hang around with. I do know for positive that Tass can be recreation to fulfill Meryl Streep and Karen O.
For those who needed to stay in a metropolis overseas, the place would you select and why? London. Tass has fam close to there and it could be cool to see and tour the remainder of the world. LA can also be high of the record.
Three folks you would like to ask round for a cocktail party… David Bowie, Prince and Robin Williams. Little doubt they’d have some entertaining tales and helpful info, and being ghosts means we would not should cater for a lot.
If we had been coming over to your house, what would you prepare dinner us? Pizza.
Relating to pets are you a lover or hater of our furry associates? Enormous lovers. Abbey has a canine. Chris has a canine. Tass has a canine. Nick is a canine.
Irrespective of the expense, ship me a case of… Diablo Shiraz and Japanese whiskey – can we now have a blended case?
The final time I noticed the within of a gymnasium was… 2016. . . it was a superb yr.
What is the one chore you dislike essentially the most? Vacuuming.
Do you will have any phobias… I feel we’re all phobia free. Boring, I do know.
Would you ever take part in a actuality present? No. Possibly ‘Band In A Bubble’ and we might simply report an album.
For those who might prank any of your mates, who’s your goal, and the way are you bringing them down? I might give them a bag of Maltesers with none cause. Random acts of kindness would simply mess them up and so they’d be questioning why.
Finest native takeaway joint for a midnight feed that may depart you with a meals coma? Kebabs was the final, drunken-stagger, homeward-bound meal the band had collectively.
Which fictional character greatest describes your character? Clearly Batman.
Final present you binge-watched? ‘Ozarks’. The appearing was implausible.
Dande and The Lion play La La La’s (Wollongong) 22 December.