GOLDEN BOY PRESS Interview #121
This atmospheric pop band has created a disruption in the norms of pop music. The more indie feelings produced by their music are a turning point. We spoke to the members of The DuBarrys about how they all met, their amazing release, “Undress Your Soul”, and their musical influences, as well as some advice everyone in the industry should know!
Could you introduce yourselves?
Of course, we’re The DuBarrys from Brighton, Alex is on vocals and guitar, Rax plays guitar, Chich plays bass and Dylan plays the drums.
How did you all meet and decide to create music together?
We met in 2011 when the three of us (Alex, Rax & Chich) moved into the same flat for Uni in Brighton, we got on and happened to like the same music, so we started jamming whenever we could and eventually ended up as a band. We didn’t know each other at all, but started showing each other our own songs. It first started as a chilled out thing, but then we turned around to each other and said “We should start a serious band together”
Is there a story behind the name?
Not really, we had to find a name for our first gig and ended up choosing The DuBarrys, it’s stuck with us ever since! It was originally from a song name which had “Dubarrys” in it and we just thought it rolled off the tongue really nicely, along with confusing people how to pronounce it, ha.
What music artists have influenced your work over the years? Do they still hold that same influence today?
Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and The Beatles have been pretty big influences for us, we were all very lucky to be around this type of music from a young age because of our families, parents… More recently we’ve been listening to bands like Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, Bombay bicycle club… We listen to so many different genres of music, it’s hard to pick out specific bands.
What was the inspiration behind your most recent release, “Undress Your Soul”?
We remember the first lyrics of the song while still just writing it were “If you tell me yours, ‘ill tell you mine”. This started the idea of the song, opening up to someone else. It’s someone telling someone they care about to go out there and live and to not give up. “Spectators or true lives” which means instead of being a spectator of other peoples lives, go out there and live your own. It’s basically someone trying to comfort someone else in a way.
Can you tell our readers more about your upcoming EP? What can we expect?
The EP is called ‘The Dubarrys’, and it’s a mix of our sounds. ‘Undress your soul’ is the only acoustic song for those who thought we were an acoustic band. We tried bringing in all of our musical influences, so one song is acoustic, one is more pop and then the two others have much more of an ambient vibe. We think people will be surprised in a good way of the difference in our sound across the EP. It’s due out next month.
What are you all looking forward to the most while doing your live shows?
There’s nothing better than the buzz of a live crowd. Playing our songs to new people and seeing their reactions is awesome, especially having them come up to us and letting us know what they thought of the gig. We love the traveling side of it as well and where gigs can take us. We’ve had the chance to play in cities like Castellon(spain), Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, London, Southampton and at the Isle of Wight Festival.
We can’t wait to see where our next gigs will take us.
Could you tell us something you’ve all learned by working together?
Never show up too early in the music industry, as you’ll be waiting for ages. 80% of it is waiting around. People are busy; but they’re usually busy doing good things!
What other plans do you have for 2015?
Hopefully we’ll have recorded an album and will be touring and hitting up some summer festivals!
What makes you happy?
Our dogs (shout out to Nikki, Marley and Midget)
Interviewed by POI