Hallo and welcome to Hashbrandnew's BEHIND THE MUSIC: Exclusive Interviews With Your Next Favourite New Bands! Today you get acquainted with Australian post-punk quintet dust.
Offering a contemporary take on Australian post-punk, along with elements of experimental jazz and electronic music, dust have curated a sound that is as dark, introspective, and angular as it is powerful and progressive.
Their debut EP 'et cetera, etc', out now via NYC label Kanine Records, is a transportative listen from start to finish, filtered through stumbled-upon voicemail message interludes, warbling saxophone solos and electronic ambience dispersed through driving punk rock in all its forms.
We are dust from Newcastle, Australia. We’ve been playing together for about 3 years now and we play contemporary punk music with jazz and electronic elements.
Justin - Guitar, Vocals
Gabe - Guitar, Vocals
Kye - Drums
Adam - Sax, Guitar
Liam - Bass
We all collaborate together to make our music with each of us having our own influences and inspiration. In turn, it contributes to our overall sound and performance.
We’re lucky to be working with such a good team at Kanine Records - a family run independent label. They’ve been incredibly supportive of us, big love!
Gabe: I wrote the lyrics for Joy (Guilt), not knowing at the time that they would be for this song. I wrote them in quite turbulent and emotional times, collating lines that would come into my head or writing down things that people in my life had said. Lines that I thought were meaningful, funny or melancholy.
Justin: Ward 52 reflects on a period where I was quite unwell with an immune disease. It was an eye opener for me as it happened when I was quite young but was aware of what was going on. It Mainly goes through procedures and situations I went through while being sick, it’s not so much a negative reflect just something that I can talk about it.
Justin: False narrative is a small insight into thoughts that I have within myself about difficulties I experience with personality and being oneself. It’s always a bit hard to express through words exactly what your feeling but I try to portray it the best I can.
The EP also features an intro, interlude and an outro that formed with the help of producer Wade Keighran. These soundscape parts came about quite spontaneously as we used different sound sources and textures that came up over the course of recording.
The songwriting process happens both individually and as a cohort. Songs could be brought forward as an idea and further worked on by the group. Some were written over periods of life and some were written based off stories that the five of us experienced. We try to not put too much pressure on how the songs are written, so however it occurs naturally is preferred.
Adam: Talking to dogs
Kye: Glow in the dark
Gabe: Seeing the future
Only 4 more shows left, heading to Southampton right now. We are getting better at locating where the nearest Gregg’s is for a quick feed.
Expect theatrics like you’ve never seen before. Pyrotechnics, beer and the creation of supernatural beings. We are working on sonically summoning a wormhole to another dimension. Stay tuned.
Liam’s dad Cameron will usually send us all a message saying “look after yourselves and get amongst it!” Which is our good luck charm pre gig.
Post gig, we’ll find the closest RnB club and turn it on.
We have a few more shows coming up in England over May:
MAY 11 - @greatescapefest
MAY 12 - @greatescapefest
MAY 14 - THE AUSSIE BBQ
MAY 16 - MOTH CLUB: LONDON w/ @vacationsband_
You can also catch us at Pitchfork in London on 11th November and we are working on Europe dates to add so you will see us again then!