On the radar: Dupec
Something has to be said for bands who have stuck together since childhood.
Play 'Snakes & Ladders' on the green button
The three members of Edinburgh band Dupec (James Yuill, Paul Bannon and Jamie Steel), who met "at the height of our footballing careers at Roseburn Primary School" and started along the music path in 2007, know a thing or two about the long haul. We caught up with them for a spot of Q&A on the eve of their support slot for incendiary Californian racket-eers, Crystal Antlers.
Why are you doing what you're doing?
James: For fun basically. It's good for us to be involved with something creative that we enjoy.
Paul: If I didn't have this I'd probably be an alcoholic or dead.
Jamie: Music has always been a major part of our lives so being in a band makes sense. Also, probably, a lack of general direction between the three of us has helped find us here.
Describe your music.
James: I don't know really. Energetic? We only play songs that we like. Sometimes we'll work on a song for a while and if we think its rubbish, it'll get binned without seeing the light of day. But if we like something we're doing, we'll fast-track it into the set. We take influence from a lot of different music.
What do you think makes you different from anything else out there?
James: We're pretty noisy for a three piece. Something we spend a lot of time on is trying to make parts of songs sound big. Creating that dynamic can sometimes be challenging but is something that is consistent in a lot of our stuff. (Listen to the end of 'Snakes & Ladders' for evidence - ed]
What do you think you can achieve?
James: I'd really really like to become an octo-champ on Countdown but don't think the band will help me. Band-wise, anything over and above having a good time is a very welcome bonus.
Jamie: Personally, I always wanted to be in the Wu-Tang Clan so I'm hoping Dupec can act as a platform for that.
What do you make of the current Scottish music scene?
James: Really good. Loads of our favourite bands just now are Scottish and at various stages of their careers: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Endor, Lyons, The Twilight Sad, Errors, Frightened Rabbit, Jesus H. Foxx and Mogwai to name a fraction of them. Venues like Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh and The Captain's Rest in Glasgow have been great for live music recently. There are a lot more of good promoters putting on good shows and a fair deal for the acts these days. Nights like Trampoline, Brown Bear and The Mill are excellent.
Looking forward to playing a show with Crystal Antlers?
James: I'm really excited about this show. Crystal Antlers have been in a few 'tipped for '09' lists and rightly so. Their EP and album are definitely on the most played playlist on my iPod.
Dupec play support to Crystal Antlers and Times New Viking at Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh on Monday (18 May). They also play Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh on 9 June.
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