Dick Diver – New Name Blues

Although, their name sounds kind of like a dirty Olympic sporting event, Dick Diver has a sparse, twangy sound that could compete with the likes of Boy and Bear. I can’t criticise their choice of band name too much because it got my attention in a matter of seconds.

The essence of the band is blanketed in a patchy tidal wave of ease and brightness. They have the typical sliding, bluesy Australian sound and raw, spoken vocals full of grime and murkiness. Their contrasting realms of sound including a dark, resonant bass, angelic acoustic guitar and crunchy electric guitar which veil their unique lullaby of noise.

Dick Diver

Listen to Dick Diver’s new single New Name Blues. Why? Well it’s a song iced with a delicate mix of indie vibes and we know you’ll like it.

Dick Diver, the quintessential indie rock band, hang like balloons of stars over their hometown, Melbourne, Victoria and bounce ‘round bubbly lyrics in the breeze. Just a glance at their Face book page will convince you of their talent and popularity around Australia, as they continue to travel like a school of hippies from place to place.

Their newest single has hit the streets and contains a quite ironic title, New Name Blues. Maybe they planned it that way; they might have purposefully chosen a quirky, edgy name to be casually sarcastic (watch out Daria). Either way it works like a candle in a cave, lighting up the most sombre mood with a heavily strummed acoustic guitar. This single is iced with a delicate mix of saxophones, indie drum vibes and a smokescreen of breathy vocals. Dick Diver emulate the drumming of the Beach Boys, yet add their own unique array of slide guitar and harmonies layering the track with a kind of practised unity.

They tear shreds off the backs of various genres, including indie rock, country and psychedelic, experimental pop. Slight distortion and echo dust the weeping of the piano and slide guitar, as the band declare that “Dream time is done.” You can’t write the track off as a catchy pop tune as it possesses a much deeper message of  Aboriginal suffering due to colonization and the materialisation of modern day society. I’ll leave you with one of the most poetical rhymes of the single, embodying sinister and profound emotions. In the words of DD, “Hang up your boots. This country is made for suits.”



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