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DASH

Warburton, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Warburton, Victoria, Australia
Established on Jan, 2012
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"Homebrew"

This release really stood out from the pack. Beautiful, charming and a good bit of mysticism envelop the senses as the gorgeous sounds of DASH thrum through your body. Well worth a listen. - PBS


"All in the Family for DASH"

You might expect a band made up of two pairs of siblings to be a volatile mess. But Sarah-Rose and Luke McIvor and Chris and Brandon Li Wan Po seem to have gotten the balance right with their outfit DASH. The Melbourne quartet has just released a music video for their stunning new single “The World Behind”.

The animated clip, created by Melbourne’s Deva Chandra, is the perfect accompaniment to this gorgeous number. It feels like something you might listen to around a campfire on a clear, still night. There’s not a lot of trickery here: just soaring sweet vocal melodies, warm jangling banjos, and an intimacy that’s so compelling. It’s organic and real and beautiful.

“The World Behind” comes from DASH’s debut EP And Then There Were None, which hit stores in March. DASH are currently planning a summer tour and another EP, so it sounds like we’ll enjoy plenty more music from this exciting new act. - Sounds of Oz


"An experimental folk debut from a band just finding their feet."

In their debut EP, And Then There Were None, Melbournian quartet Dash have fashioned a quaint folk sound representative of the familial ties which bind these two pairs of sibling-musicians.

A confrontational intimacy characterises this band’s first release, which is painful in its earnestness. However perseverance on the part of the listener does pay off after a closer listen.

Gaelic-Celtic mysticism colours the EP’s first single “The World Behind”. Built on the somber finger-picking of accompanying banjo, the ethereal yet grounded vocals of Sarah-Rose McIvor swell with the gradual addition of marching drums and melodious piano.

Warm bluesy electric guitar and walking bass lines accent the otherwise lethargic tempo of “Dig”. Lyrically introspective, the song feeds off the call-and-response of both guitar and banjo.

“Beware” somewhat lifts the meandering course of the EP, with a sense of urgency being propelled throughout the ditty with rolling drums and slide guitar.

However it is with slight bafflement that the listener stumbles across “Tap Dance”.

Opening in the confessional Sarah McLachlan realms of the coffeehouse ballad, the song finally conjures some growl and bite in volatile grungy guitar runs and crashing cymbals.

Despite reviving a minimalist roots-folk sound of endearing communality, an album of defined concept and theme is necessary to further substantiate the underlying essence of the intriguing ensemble Dash. - Tonedeaf


"DASH - AND THEN THERE WERE NONE"

Before the music even comes on, the artwork is exquisite. It somehow manages to blend hints of celtic carvings and the starry sky, all with an organic handmade feel. It sets the scene for a piece of work that has obviously had a great deal of care and love in its making.

The EP opens simply enough with just Sarah-Rose’s gentle voice accompanied with a banjo. As backing vocals and additional percussion weave in to the texture of the song, however, the song builds and becomes richer and more colourful.

After the first track’s dramatic build, Dig brings the vibe back down to earth with a solid unadorned drum beat, hesitant electric guitar and Sarah-Rose in storytelling mode. The song flows more gently – like river or a road trip. The climax of the song kicks it into high gear for a bit, but the song still retains its steady pace.

With its offbeat kick drum and muted bass, Beware starts with a dark tension that – unfortunately – lets up after only about 30 seconds. Even though the rhythm section continues in the same style throughout the song, the guitar and some of the vocal melodies dilute the tension. It’s still a great song, just held back by what it could have been.

Tapdance closes the album with a laid-back bluesy song… until the overdriven guitar comes crashing in halfway through. The interplay of the guitar and drums is just wonderful.

Overall, the EP is a great great selection of songs that stand together – diverse enough to show a broad creative range, yet with enough common threads to make sense as a single body of work. And Then There Were None is a joy to listen to. It’s clear, consistent and creative. With this release, Dash show that they’re ready to take their music to the next level. Hopefully a full album is in the pipeline. Additional kudos to producer Col Leadbetter for helping the band put together such an accomplished piece of work.

Take a closer listen at http://musicofdash.com - Melting Pot


"DASH: ‘THE DAY THE RAIN COMES DOWN’ EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM & INTERVIEW"

Melbourrne quartet DASH have fashioned a quirky sound representative of the familial ties which bind these two pairs of sibling-musicians. Working with producer Col Leadbetter (Whitley, Sarah Blasko), DASH launched the band with an energetic and eclectic debut EP And Then There Were None in March 2013 before touring East Coast Australia, playing at festivals such as MONA FOMA, Cygnet Folk Fest & St Kilda Festival and many more.

DASH release their second EP The Day the Rain Comes Down, on September 19th, so we caught up with the band to go behind the scenes for the making of the EP and have the exclusive first listen.

The Day The Rain Comes Down seems to imply a slightly melancholic narrative, what was the intended emotional response that you hoped listeners would gain from the EP?

The Day the Rain Comes Down is a saying I overheard in a conversation once. I instantly disappeared and wrote the entire song in about 5 minutes. Growing up in drought the imagery of rain coming down is so strong for kids in their 20 somethings in Aus. It feels so intimate and promising. We played with that concept throughout the album – of intimacy and wide emptiness. My vocals are quite dry and loud, not a lot of reverb. Then the music feels quite sparse. We captured the same feeling in our photos and also in the film clip. We wanted people to feel a little uncomfortable in the intimacy of the record and then breathe a sigh of relief in its space too.

As far as the writing process goes, does DASH function democratically wherein you all contribute quite equally, or does it vary track to track?

At this stage I have been the main song writer. Luke and I have also done a bit of writing together. Once the ideas are down the process is fairly collaborative and evenly split with arrangement ideas and sounds. The writing process is definitely evolving more and more as we grow as a band. We’re mostly democratic when it comes to developing a song

While you were in the process of writing The Day The Rain Comes Down, what other bands and artists were you all listening to and have those acts had any influence on the finished product?

We really get into a lot of folk/roots music. I love the way roots artists structure their lyrics. Like storybooks and poems. So I was listening to a lot of Patty Griffin and Anais Mitchell. Anais Mitchell did an album called ‘Hadestown’ based on the Orpheus myth and set in the depression era. The first time I heard it I was literally stopped in my steps. I sat down in the middle of the loungeroom and floated away. It’s stunning. But then we all love big emotive arrangements and we’re all fairly avid Feist fans. We love the dirty Jack White flavours and dark undertones.

Your Facebook bio it states that DASH “lives, works and plays on Wurundjeri land.” Are Indigenous land rights something that you are all passionate about, and does this passion find its way into your music?

I have come from a background in human rights advocacy. So I like to find little ways to incorporate my passions into the music without being blatant or cliche. We also did a fundraiser gig for Syria last year. And I try to make a lot of our shows disability accessible. I have done some work with Indigenous People – mostly in a process of sitting and listening to stories. We do a lot of talking about Indigenous people and not enough listening.

The clip for ‘Cautiously’ is quite intriguing with its focus on nature and being reborn. Where did the inspiration for that come from?

The film clip was a collaborative process with Melbourne group Full Stop Pictures. We wanted it to feel a little bit jarring and wild like the song. The song interprets a struggle between the you people perceive and want you to be, and the you that you most times feel you don’t really know. We actually filmed it on the property that Luke and I grew up on. It was pretty special to do that. There are references in the clip to books we love (The Little Prince) as well as a fairly heavy movements between the real and the imagined.

Much of the EP takes on a confessional tone backed by piano driven melodies, what comes first generally, the lyrics or the melody?

I’m pretty into trying lots of different things with my writing so that I’m constantly being challenged. For this record I did a lot of forming the melody with the lyrics away from any instruments. Then you can really follow it where it needs to go and have a strong foundation before you put music to it. This also allows you to be very creative with chord structures and movements. A lot of the songs have a natural progression without following a verse/chorus/bridge structure.

The artwork for the EP features a beautiful print by Jessica Hodkinson, were any of you previously fans of her work and how did you come across her?

Back when the band was just starting I went away to Tasmania by myself to an artist’s colony to write (Sounds fairly idyllic!). I met Jessica there who was also doing the same thing. She is a genius and a beautiful print artist. Print is so fascinating as you have to layer it and what you end up starting with is not necessarily what you finish with. The process is constantly evolving. Jess is wonderful at interpreting landscapes, so we really loved incorporating her art into the theme of the record.

Being a pair of siblings is there any sense of rivalry or competition between any of you? What is the biggest challenge in working so closely alongside family?

I think the best and the worst part of working with family is the absolute honesty. It is awesome to not have any issues with openness and feedback when you’re writing. But it can mean you have no sense of holding back too! We do pretty well though. We all tend to appreciate honesty so it works well for us. - SpeakerTV


"A Chat with DASH"

Ahead of their headlining set and Shady Lane- presented by yours truly- DASH let us know all about their newest EP, The Day The Rain Comes Down, some of their favourite local acts and the clip for single ‘Cautiously’.

You just recently launched your EP, how did that go? Were there any little surprises?

We had an awesome time launching the EP at The Evelyn just a few weeks ago. I think I’m always overwhelmed at the level of support from friends and family. I had an amazing group of friends helping for weeks beforehand put together screen prints for merch, making pom poms for decorations. They were bloody amazing! We’re also starting to get fan mail from people we’ve never met which is such an encouragement!

How was recording The Day The Rain Comes Down different to your previous recording experiences?

We all love being in the studio, and we loved making our last record at Sing Sing South, but one thing we all agreed on was that we wanted to get away and stay somewhere while recording our new record. So we took off to Gisborne and spent five days at the absolutely gorgeous Stables recording studio.

It’s an old converted stables run by Jon and Karen Hume and overwhelmingly beautiful to work in. You can really focus and immerse in an environment like that. We decided the title track ‘The Day The Rain Comes Down’ needed to be recorded live, late at night, and in the dark. So we had a few fairy lights around and spent all our takes in the dark.

It was pretty magical and I think that energy really translates. Col Leadbetter (producer/mixer) is pretty amazing at protecting that too.

Favourite track on the record? Why?

We all seem to love the final track on the EP: ‘The Sea’. It was the most challenging one for us to put together and we really laboured over it. It goes a bit wild with the timing at the end and we experimented with a lot of sounds and ideas with that song.

You really bond with a song when you labour over it that much and I think it exceeded what we hoped it would become. We were so blown away hearing it back after coming out of the studio! It’s such a warm sounding track and has a lot of lyrical references to my home.

How was it filming the clip for ‘Cautiously’? The scenery is spectacular!

It was amazing fun! We filmed it at the property my brother Luke (drummer in DASH) and I grew up on. Full Stop Pictures were incredibly professional and creative to work with. I’m no actor but we all got the chance to get dressed up with wild costumes and make up – it kinda makes you step up a bit and defeat the camera shy.

We are stoked with how the clip came out! It was the middle of winter and in the mountains so it was pretty damn cold too! We still had a lot of fun.

What is it about The Evelyn Hotel that you like so much?

I love playing in that room. It’s a great sounding room. I’ve seen and played a lot of great shows there. They do great stuff for indie, local and touring bands.

Who are some local acts that we might not have heard of, but should definitely check out?

I definitely try and catch live music as often as I can. Been pretty blown away recently by the local scene. We’re pretty spoilt in Melbourne! Some acts that have really been amazing to see live recently would be: Yuko Nishiyama, Griya, Oh Pep!, Freya Hollick, Gabriel Lynch and Texture Like Sun.

What can we expect from your set at Shady Lane this week?

Solid beats, cranking electric guitar lines, bass solos, warm piano, catchy choruses, emotive bridges, songs you can dance to and songs you can pensively stroke your chin to: an eclectic set indeed! - Casual Band Blogger


Discography

THE WORLD BEHIND (single released Feb 2013)

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (EP released March 2013)
The World Behind
Dig
Beware
Tapdance

CAUTIOUSLY (Single released Sept 2014)

THE DAY THE RAIN COMES DOWN (EP released Oct 2014)
Secrets
Cautiously
The Day the Rain Comes Down
Safe
The Sea




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Bio

Dash exhibit a punchy and captivating sound built on the somber effects of Chris Li Wan Po on electric guitar, the ethereal yet grounded vocals of Sarah-Rose swelling with the gradual addition of Luke on marching drums and Brandon delivering a solid undertow on bass. DASH vibe on creative risks and melodic-piano driven songwriting to engage audiences.

Melbournian quartet DASH have fashioned a quirky sound representative of the familial ties which bind these two pairs of sibling-musicians. Working with renowned producer Col Leadbetter (Whitley, Sarah Blasko), DASH launched the band with an energetic and eclectic debut EP 'And Then There Were None' March 2013 before touring East Coast Australia, serenading crowds at Mt Beauty Music Festival and catching some press with the likes of Tonedeaf (online), Triple j (Sarah Howells, Roots n All), BMA Magazine (ACT), FBi Radio (Sydney), Triple R (Jonathan Alley) and PBS Radio (Jenny O'Keefe).

The band since won multiple awards for film clip and single ‘The World Behind’ including best folk/roots and best out of Victoria as well as scoring a spot in the shortlist for the International Songwriting Competition. In the Summer of 2014 DASH toured regional Victoria and Tasmania including Cygnet Folk Festival and MONA FOMA to end the summer with a performance at St Kilda Fest.

DASH's highly anticipated second release 'The Day the Rain Comes Down' is due for release July 2014.

"Gorgeously simple. Lovely vocals and a slow build that I really like"
Sarah Howells, Triple j

"This band bring together warm bluesy electric guitar, walking bass lines to accent a confrontational lyrical intimacy with soaring vocals and eclectic beats...a minimalist roots-folk sound of endearing communality"
Zoe Kingsley, Tonedeaf

"This release really stood out from the pack. Beautiful, charming and a good bit of mysticism envelop the senses as the gorgeous sounds of DASH thrum through your body. Well worth a listen"
Jenny O'Keefe, PBS

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