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Q + A With Dip Road Dogs

Reemerging from that dusty dirt track deep in the Mallee are the Dip Road Dogs, who have today dropped their dreamy new single, Lazy, a comforting, hypnotic journey into Americana.  Lazy is the third taste of their new EP, Shakshuka that is set for release on May 21. 

Dip Road Dogs are back with some of their finest music to date. Lazy is exquisite Americana folk rock from the fun loving Aussie country boys.  For fans of The National and The Church, haunting cello, and mesmerising, deep vocals will entice the listener, but it’s the unassuming emotional force that will sock you right in the feels and keep you coming back for more.  Contrastingly, Lazy is a song about a relationship where one partner is not pulling their weight with the household chores and the other becomes fed up with this behaviour and finally leaves for greener pastures. “It’s a warning to everyone to make sure you mow the lawns and do the dishes or you will end up alone!” Jests lead singer and songwriter Dave Chirnside. Dave took some time out to answer some questions for us

H2Z: Hi, thanks for taking the time to chat with Hear 2 Zen, what have you been up to today?

DC:Hey, thanks for having me, I’ve been sitting on a tractor planting barley today, so very repetitive but feeding the world is fun.

H2Z: Tell us about yourself, how long have you been performing/creating music for?

DC: My name is David Chirnside from Kerang in Northern Victoria, Australia. I’m in the band DIP ROAD DOGS and I’ve been writing and playing music for around 15 years now and performing off and on for 6 of them.

H2Z: Who are your greatest inspirations?

Maynard James Keenan, Tony Lockett and Louis Chirnside

H2Z: How do you create music? Are you lyrics/story driven, or does the music/melody come first? Explain your process.

DC: None of us in the band are great with lyrics with the exception of Matt, but the process to date has been to start with a riff on guitar or a drum beat and build the song off that with lyrics  usually the last thing we focus on. With the song ‘Lazy’ we built the song around chords and lyrics, just to contradict what I’ve just said!

H2Z: What has been your greatest challenge so far in performing/creating music?

DC: The biggest challenge for Dip Road Dogs as a band is our location to one another. We are pretty spread out across the state so practising for live shows and working on new material proves a challenge, but we still get it done through the amazingly quick internet we have at our disposal.

H2Z: Tell us about your new release, how did it come about?

DC: Our EP Shakshuka is a collection of old and new ideas written over the past 6 years. We only really got around to turning them into songs early last year and sent them to producer Josh Frigo in Nashville, we were then able to book in some studio time in Nashville in June of last year to record seven tracks, six of which made it on the EP.

H2Z: What advice do you have to artists who are just starting out?

DC: Don’t quit your day job.

H2Z: Tell us your favourite Zen practice.

DC: Sitting on the deck with a beer and watching the freshly mown grass grow is nice.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee between The Amber Sound Studio, The Secret Genius Studio and producer Josh Frigo’s home studio, and mastered by John Davis (The Killers, Gorillaz, Royal Blood, The XX) at Metropolis Studios in London, the EP is a real mixed bag, with all six tracks working as a commendable package that showcases the band’s diversity and capability.  “The EP title Shakshuka is a very apt analogy for the EP as it is a delicious tomato-based dish that can be served at dinner or breakfast and you can throw nearly anything in to make it work. Our EP is a collection of old and new ideas that have created quite a variety of genres and sounds, so it’s a bit of a mixed bag but we think the songs gel well together,” explains Chirnside.  “Once we had recorded the demos we got in touch with Josh Frigo in Nashville and set a date in June 2019 to head over and start recording. Josh’s time was very tight between touring so I locked in the dates without asking Matt, Ollie and Jack – better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission, Jack had been travelling around Australia and was in Rockhampton when I called him to ask if he would come and record in Nashville, he had to put his trip around Australia on hold, but there wasn’t a whole lot of objection!”

Dip Road Dogs are a group of friends who once shared a house on Dip Road in the Mallee – now living miles apart from each other all around regional Victoria, they are one of the few bands that haven’t been hugely affected by these bizarre Covid19 times.  “We have been practicing isolation all our lives, so we feel we are well placed in these interesting times. There are a lot of challenges living so far away from each when it comes to live touring, but it doesn’t affect our writing, as long as our internet doesn’t cut out!  And we have a studio in Appin where we can put our collective ideas together – demos for the next release are well underway.”


Dip Road Dogs is Jack Pay, Dave Chirnside, Oliver Close and Matthew Close.

Lazy is out now and Shakshuka will be released on May 21.

Presave: Shakshuka

Stream: Lazy

View: Lazy lyric video

Stream: Shakshuka 

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