With The Farmer and The Owl less than one week away, we thought it was time to interview some of the heavy hitters of Saturday coming Festival. Dappled Cities are probably the second biggest band on the bill (second only to Melbourne’s The Drones). They’ve been around for over 10 years, and have played countless shows and festivals. Once you’ve been a band for a while there are sometimes other things you want to do. We chatted to Dave Rennick from DC to get an idea of just what in the hell “The Roomsical” was…
BM: Firstly, have you guys ever played in Wollongong before?
DR: has actually been a long time, maybe 6 years. We played a couple shows down there at the Oxford Tavern. Its long overdue, which is funny because it’s so close to Sydney.
BM: Well what better way to come back then a music festival…
DR: It’s cool right?
BM: I want to check out a “Wiki-rumour” here. Were you guys originally called Dappled Cities Fly?
DR: Yeah that’s the original!
BM: Excellent! Well we’re looking for an exclusive scoop here on Bear Media. Dave Grohl is famously quoted as saying “I wish I knew we were going to be big, I wouldn’t have called the band something fucking stupid like “Foo Fighters”. Can I get a Dave of Dappled Cities quote?
DR: Dappled Cities Fly, yeah well…we came up with the name when were pretty stoned and quite young and our whole mantra was to be difficult. Which is a really really bad way to go about being a band! It’s one thing to be challenging, but its another thing to be difficult and ratty kids from the middle class, being like yeah we’re just gonna make this as hard as possible for everyone to relate to and that’s just what we rolled with.
BM: I also wanted to chat to you about your run at the comedy in possibly the best musical satire ever. Can you please tell me everything there is to know about “The Roomsical – You’re Tearing Me Apartment” How did it happen?
DR: It’s a non-stop satire of the cult film The Room by Tommy Wiseau. I was literally on the street one Saturday night and I ran into an old buddy when I was a bit drunk, we asked what each other was doing. And he was like I’m writing this musical based on the room, and I had actually never seen the movie before, and he was like “I’m looking for someone to sing and do jazz hands at The Melbourne Comedy Festival. I said yes, and haven’t looked back.
BM: Is it still running?
DR: I get the feeling it’s going to happen again. We did it for the Melbourne Comedy Festival then for the Sydney Festival..the for the Sydney Fringe Festival and each time we’ve done it, we’ve been like “that’s it”, but then it happens again! Matt Downey who wrote it used to be in a band called The Drugs, he’s really funny, and wants to keep it going, so I think it’ll happen again.
BM: Lets talk anniversary’s, I loved the stuff you did for your 10th anniversary. The show you did with Daniel Denholm (Washington Powderfinger) sounds epic. Quote: “The re-imagining of your songs in baroque theme, imagine Bowie meeting Bach in the cantina bar of Star Wars” Where’d this idea come from?
DR: We’ve always wanted to work with an orchestra and always thought our music was appropriate to work with an orchestra melodies and whatever. The drama of course is that when you add an orchestra it can turn into this huge cheese fest real quickly. So the problem was how do we not make it like that? The answer it turns out was lets have lutes and harpsichords and other fruity things, and music that has lots of arpeggios and stuff like this. And then Sydney Festival thought it was a good idea, and it just happened to line up with our 10 year anniversary so it all worked out.
BM: You’ve been around on the festival circuit. In 2007 you were in Austin for SXSW Festival. I was flicking through the tour diary written by Tim, very funny, I’ll link it here. And the Newtown festival this month. It seems Dappled Cities is very much a festival band now, have you enjoyed this change?
DR: It’s funny, we’re no spring chickens, so it’s actually harder to just get everyone together and jam. It happens less and less as we have other things we wanna work on and try, so it is kind of nice to just get together when you have something to work towards, like a festival. So that’s kind of the rhythm we’re operating in at the moment. Peaks and troughs though, when we come to making a new record we’ll be in full flight again.
BM: Anything on the radar?
DR: Yeah, I think something is getting released this month? Maybe just the information? You’ll probably here about it pretty soon…
Dappled Cities are hitting Wollongong as part of The Farmer and The Owl Festival on Saturday 23rd November. Also joining them are The Drones, Glass Towers and many more. Click here for the full lineup and details. Come play with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything happening at the festival.