The Dirt Radicals will perform at China One, Clarke Quay on Tuesday, July 2nd 2013. Ahead of its performance, Sam Cooper, the band’s guitarist/vocalist answered queries posed by Power of Pop via email.
What has the band been up to since the release of … I’ve Got A Rad Feelin’ About This!?
We have pretty much just been touring and trying to promote the band as much as possible! We went to Taiwan, Indonesia and Japan a couple of times and have just been pluggin’ away in the UK.
In your bio, you describe Dirt Radicals as a “progressive punk rock band” – what does that mean?
I think the words ‘pop-punk’ or ‘punk rock’ have a pretty bad wrap in this day and age. Our new album isn’t either of those genres, and those genres tend to be pigeon-holed as easy, 3 chords and boring. We think our style is a bit more progressive than your stereotypical pop-punk/punk rock with more intricacies, and probably a better understanding of composition than most people expect from punk rock.
The Dirt Radicals is now based in the UK – what was the reason for the move?
We never really had a ‘base’ as Matt always lived in the UK, and Mas always lived in Japan. I think we just needed to put a name to where we were based so we could focus on a territory and not confuse people.
Tell us about the recording of the new album, Enter Destroyer.
– where was it recorded?
Enter Destroyer was recorded in different studios across the world, throughout 2012. Drums and Bass were recorded in Singapore while we were in town for a show in 2011. Guitars were recorded in Japan, and the rest (Vocals etc.) were done in the UK.
– who was it produced by?
We had so many different fingers in the pie over the 2 years that we were working on it, so there never was one producer on the record at one time. Ben Rosen from The Gunnery (Marilyn Manson/Unwritten Law/8mm) played a big part in a few of the songs like ‘The Greatest Depression Since The Great Depression’.
– how are the songs different from your debut album?
Enter Destroyer is just a lot better crafted i’d say! We took the time because we didn’t want to rush this one. We kinda felt like our first record was rushed! The songs are more aggressive, yet still approachable to people who don’t like ‘heavy music’ – if that makes sense? I’d say Mas did a great job on guitar parts, and I’m really proud of the melodies.
How do you feel about playing Singapore again? Any special memories about Singapore that you wanna share?
I don’t remember much from the last time we were in Singapore because I think we might have partied a little too hard. I’m a bit anxious about this Singapore show actually! It could be the only show in Asia we do for a very long time – so I want it to be a good one!
Enter Destroyer is out now! Buy at iTunes.
Tickets are $20 at the door.
Produced by SNOWBIRD PRODUCTIONS.
Official Venue : China One
Marketing Partner : The Linch Agency
Official Drink: Jack Daniel’s