Death and the Maiden – Lucinda King (vocals, bass), Hope Robertson (guitar, drums, vocals) and Danny Brady (synths, programming) – released their sophomore set Wisteria earlier this year through Fishrider Records.
This will be the first time the Dunedin-based electronic trio been at The Others Way and Brady is looking forward to sharing their new album with an Auckland audience, as well as catching up with some of his favourite bands.
Have you been pleased with the way Wisteria has been received and are you looking forward to playing it live at The Others Way?
Yes, we have been very happy and rather astounded with how the album has been received, especially with some of the reviews that have picked up on some of the subtleties. We were stuck in the mixing process for a while there where it became hard to tell what we were hearing, tired ears perhaps, so it was very nice to get some good feedback. And we’re thrilled to be asked to play Others Way! It’s a bit of a challenge figuring out how to play the songs live but I think it will be a good representation.
In the press notes for Wisteria, the band said it “celebrates the beauty and crushing weight of everyday life”. What’s been more dominant this year for the band –the beauty or the crushing weight?
I’m going to say the beauty has been showing up amongst the mundane day to day tiny struggles and tiny triumphs. With Lucinda and Hope living in Port Chalmers and myself situated in Waitati, it is easy to get out amongst nature which is the best thing for the state of mind. I still often get blown away by my surroundings and the bird life here.
We don’t seem to get the chance to see you live much in this part of the world. What’s biggest impediment to playing more regularly outside of Dunedin?
It can be slightly isolating here as it’s that much more expensive to get to the north Island. For the price of a flight to Auckland you could nearly fly to Melbourne! Much the same reasons as you don’t get to many Auckland bands coming to Dunedin. Also the fact we don’t play live much anywhere. There’s lots of talk about getting more of a Duds – Christchurch contingency going on which would be good.
What’s the live scene like in Dunedin?
The student culture that Dunedin is famous for is actually very disgusting and horrible to put it lightly. This is quite a huge deterrent for a lot of bands to play in some situations; its not fun playing to a bunch of unappreciative, obliterated people who are only there to get drunk and laid and hurl abuse at you. This makes for some nicer niche shows and scenes that happen in people’s lounges and smaller venues and is very disconnected from the rest of Dunedin.
For the uninitiated, what can fans expect from your set this year?
Three nervous wrecks stumbling through their set… thats probably not selling it very well is it? It’ll be really really good!
What other artists are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Obviously Bailterspace, and have been really enjoying the Wax Chattels album. Also Headless Chickens – upon listening back to our album we thought some of it sounded a bit Headless Chickens-ish.
Would you like see The Others Way staged in other cities?
Defiantly! I recall attending ‘Unity’ in Christchurch in my late teens when the dance music scene was going off. All the clubs would team together and one ticket would get you in to them all. It made for such a good vibe all across the city, so it’d be cool to see something like that created again.