The Chair In James' Lounge 2017 ©
Today at Third Outing we order our very first musical decree. Thou shalt not reference the name Mac DeMarco ever again. Just for comparisons sake, like. Yeah we get it, the guy is very influential. His dreamy, twanging, summer haze vibe has appealed to all those who listened over the last good few years. But it's time to move on, alright? Right!
So when you first give Dazy Crown a go, that's naturally where your head will go. DeMarco. Damn! he's won again! In fact, front-man Thomas Little even dares to decry the Third Outing DeMarco decree below. But truth is, there's a lot more going on for bands like the Norwich based guitar-pop quartet Dazy Crown than the words "Mac DeMarco" could ever stand for. With a little help from their new track Peanut Butter Dreaming, we're going to try and prove a point.
"I try to channel my inner DeMarco every time
I sit down to write a pop banger"
"Jazzy chords, steady rhythms and delicate, reverb-soaked vocals" is how Hazy Dog Records would have you talking about Thomas Little's latest efforts under the guise of Dazy Crown. We reviewed him last year for another project, Lejon Brames, and found his guitar twang wholly refreshing. It had a kind of antagonistic purpose between voice and rhythm which Mac DeMarco doesn't tend to pursue. On first reflection it seems that Dazy Crown successfully continue this good work too, but with a much greater psychedelic feel to it.
It's a relaxing affair, this one. But unlike DeMarco it doesn't feel so sun-blushed. It's an altogether more Lo-Fi approach befitting of British contemporaries such as The Vryll Society. You know, the kind of music that makes your legs feel lazy and your brain turn off. Perhaps that's what Peanut Butter Dreaming is really a metaphor for. That sad and introspective thought pattern which sometimes reoccurs. Or just getting lost...
One thing we are certain of, though, is that DeMarco doesn't hold the monopoly on this style. At least not anymore. There's more going on across the scene and of which Hazy Dog seems to be cherry-picking some of the best. Let's now pass on to front man Thomas Little and bassist Thomas Rees for dazy Crown's first Third Outing interview. And remember, thou shalt not reference the name Mac DeMarco ever again...
Hello Dazy Crown, introduce yourself in one sentence…
TL: A group of weird dudes from Norwich making wavy guitar music // TR: Sharp-suited synth pop act waiting to happen, might be waiting a while // TL: Definitely gonna be waiting a while...
What does the song Peanut Butter Dreaming mean to you?
TR: For me it's about that compromise between the extra effort you have to put in to spread crunchy peanut butter and the reward of it being far better than smooth // TL: For real, it represents the month I spent in Canada during the summer just gone, and how, mentally, I was totally not with it. I tried a bunch of weird things to try and get me back on track, and this tune is really just a recollection of them. I watched Bob Ross paint for like hours on end just to try and calm me down. It was weird, but now I’m one of his biggest fans. What a guy. Shame he’s gone. This one’s for you Bobby.
Thomas, you previously told us that the music you wanted to write "didn't quite fit in with the Dazy Crown vibe"...that you wanted to have the "complete creative freedom to write a song and not think twice about it".
TL: Maybe it’s just some idea I’ve built up in my head on what Dazy Crown actually is? I guess I just take it more seriously than I do with my other musical projects. With LeJon Brames, I kinda just threw all the tunes together, didn’t think much about mixing it properly, and sent it off in the world. With the Crown I feel like we’ve really got something cool going, so I try to tread lightly and only release the best of the best.
"I’ve been making up a bunch of random lyrics every time we play a show,
I think it’s time to write something better than the weird stuff that pops into my head while on stage and mid-song"
Forgetting the side projects then, what's coming up next for Dazy Crown then?
TL: We’re planning on releasing a new EP around May, but haven’t totally decided yet. I actually still need to write all of the lyrics. I’ve just been making up a bunch of random lyrics every time we play a show, so now that we’re actually laying these tracks down, I think it’s time to write something better than the weird stuff that pops into my head while on stage and mid-song. I should really stop doing that // TR: One day we might even have some merch if any of us can get our act together // TL: Oh hell yeah. We want some real funky merch. Like dog collars or something.
Is there a story which epitomises this band's spirit? It can be about the merch...!
TR: I once hatched a Zubat in Pokemon Go when we were prepping to go on tour last summer. It remains the proudest moment any of us have experienced whilst with the band, we strive to achieve something as groundbreaking with our music // TL: Yeah, he’s right. Definitely a highlight. We’ve even got it on video.
Give us three quick-fire songs which have somehow influenced the band?
TL: Mac DeMarco’s Cooking Up Something Good. The rhythms, the melodies, and the simplicity of the tune itself is something that I really respect in pop music. I try to channel my inner DeMarco every time I sit down to write a pop banger. Lyrically, I’d go with anything by Courtney Barnett or Frankie Cosmos. I just love the mundane and witty nature of their lyrics, it’s so good // TR: The ever-shifting and melodic basslines in LA Priest's Party Zute/Learning To Love are pretty much the gold standard of what I'd like to aim for in Dazy Crown. Especially live, I like to sometimes channel the sort of energy of Drenge's We Can Do What We Want and just hammer away at my bass, though such intensity has to be used sparingly lest I dilute its power, or get too sweaty.