Southern two piece Dirty Nice have once again proven that they are more than adept at creating a feel good synth pop banger with latest single Sunshine End Times.
After previous acclaim for their chilled out alt pop from opinion vendors such as Complex and Line of Best Fit, this single goes to prove they are not a one trick pony. Cranking up the tempo, this latest track mirrors the mindset of this generation - 'can we try switching it off and on again?' has become this age's only way to fix a problem. Incredibly indicative of the times we live in, this duo have aced the balance between including interesting social commentary with the backdrop of a feel good, up tempo pop tune.
We caught up with the pair to chat their musical roots, dream riders and plans for a human bridge to escape the lizard overlords.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for? Hi we’re Charlie & Mark. We’re just some people who like to make weird alt pop songs and make weird art for it. We’ve been making music together as Dirty Nice for 3 years. At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision? We started the project as a joke to begin with - after having played in punk and indie rock bands for a long time we wanted to try and make some unironic pop songs. But that didn’t really work and basically just turned into whatever our style is now. People seem to like it and we love doing it so we’ve just not stopped. What is the main source of influence for your songwriting? Influences are everywhere. Sometimes you hear a song or groove and think “ooh I want one of those!” Or hear something on the street or on the news and just start exploring the idea on an instrument. Or a particular synth patch might make you feel happy and sad simultaneously and remind you of an old pet. So there is no main source. What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music? To trust your instincts and make music you want to hear. Trying too hard be something you’re not or that you think others will like always leads to something less interesting. When you just follow your gut you end up with something you can be proud of and believe in, because it’s you. What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry? Just make make make and gig gig gig. No one is going to work harder on your project than you and industry ‘gate keepers’ aren’t important. Make what you love, work hard to share it with everyone and your audience will find you. Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in? Off the top of my head - Westerman. M T Hadley. Both their recent albums are ace. What would your dream tour & rider look like? We’re very partial to some ice cold lagers. Touring is so much fun and when your project feels very much purposeful. Just a tour with lots of new people to meet is all we ask for. I suppose also a great tour manager to rein in those excesses is also ideal. If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose? I would absolutely love to make a strange score for something like True Detective, with a pinch of Blade Runner but then a dash of irreverent humour. What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist? To be honest, (and very humble too!) all we want is to make lots of albums we love, with lots of accompanying artwork and videos, and tour as far and as wide as possible to an ever growing army of super fans who will eventually rise up against the tyranny of our lizard overlords and build a human bridge to the moon where we shall sit on icy thrones under the cosmic winds.