Making a punk record is easy. Just ask anyone. Well, anyone who hasn’t actually ever made one, that is. Behind the three chords and drug-soaked lyrics is a whole lot of hard work, planning and in the case of Dune Rats’ second album, The Kids Will Know Its Bullshit, a fair bit of self-reflection since their 2014 self-titled debut.
When Dune Rats wrote and recorded their first album in 2014 they smashed out the songs in a month and gave themselves a week to record. It was a fast and furious mission steeped from a letter from Steve Albini to Nirvana that’s proposed they “bang out a record in a couple of days, with high quality but minimal ‘production’ and no interference from the front office bulletheads”. With this method tried and tested, the boys decided the new album is a different beast. They would take their time, write and rewrite, build and pull apart, until the songs felt right.. and sounded fucking great!
The Kids Will Know Its Bullshit was written wherever Dune Rats hung their smoking devices: in various beach shacks along the east coast of Australia, in the middle of Joshua Tree and in a speeding RV along a US highway, and recorded at Head Gap in Melbourne.
And what do the Dune Rats think about their second album?
According to Brett its “Fucken sick. Everyone is so stoked that we did it all together.. this big process of us doing all this shit together. It feels like we really accomplished something as a group.”
With two sold out shows last October, at Moth Club and The Shacklewell Arms, Dune Rats return for their biggest UK date yet.
The Gooch Palms
Emerging from the sleepy suburbs of post-industrial Newcastle, Australia, gonzo-punk sweethearts The Gooch Palms have come a long way since recording their first string of lo-fi EPs and debut album Novo’s in their front bedroom back in 2013. These days they call sunny Los Angeles home and split their time touring their notorious live show between the USA, Europe and Australia.
2016 saw them hit the studio for the first time ever to work with world renowned producer/engineer Bill Skibbe (The Black Keys, The Kills, Fiery Furnaces) to record their sophomore album Introverted Extroverts. The album was met with rave reviews and a wave of sales that saw the proud DIY band successfully launch their own record label Summer Camp Records.
Tickets £9.00 +bf adv.
Middle Yard, London, NW1 8AB