Made A List / Wrapped In Rhythm And Dancing Like A Loon
20 July 2012
[ Needle004 ]
a stampeding Giant Haystacks one sheet
The Act: DINGUS KHAN
The Release: 'MADE A LIST'
The Formats: LIMITED EDITION 7" & DOWNLOAD
The Record Company: GIANT HAYSTACKS / fierce panda
The Release Date: JULY 23RD 2012
"Rising like a behometh from the sludge of the Stour Estuary, Dingus Khan are exactly what you'd imagine a band with a name like Dingus Khan to be. They consist of one, two, sometimes three drummers to keep your heart beating. Three bass players to keep your feet tapping. A singing guitarist to melt young girls hearts. And an electric ukelele demon just to keep you on your toes. Let Dingus Khan play their rock and roll music my boy, and let them play it Hard and Fast. Then Slow and Steady. Then Hard and Fast."
So started the press release for Dingus Khan's debut single, 'Knifey Spoony', which was released on fierce panda spin-off Label Fandango in March. And so perfectly does it still encapsulate the sixteen-legged groove machinery of Dingus Khan it may as well start this, the press release for their second single on sister-fierce-panda-spin-off label Giant Haystacks.
Tears For Fears once sang of a "Mad World". Neither of those people had reason to encounter the frankly beyond mental world of Dingus Khan, who come from Manningtree, on the very northern tip of Essex. Fully armed they number eight (that's E.I.G.H.T), including Ben Brown (lead vocals / guitar), Josh Court (electric ukelele), Tom Armstrong (bass), Adam Toms (bass), Alex Dunne (bass). Nick Daldry (drums), Paul Miller (percussion) and Gareth Burney (percussion). Apparently they have issues with turning down hopeful musicians.
The first time they played Club Fandango was in late September 2011 at the Buffalo Bar. The stage could barely withstand the jaw-dropping, ear-popping, beer-slopping combination of pop nous, punk rawness, rawk riffs and dangerously casual choreography. Since then their hectic tunes and chaotic charm have served Dingus Khan alarmingly well, earning them a BBC Introducing session at Maida Vale for That Nice Steve Lamacq, slots at fierce panda's 18th birthday party at Cargo and at the Camden Crawl, a frothingly-acclaimed near-homecoming at Colchester Arts Centre, a pencilled October album release and forthcoming big shot showdowns at Bestival and Latitude Festivals. All this without a radio plugger, a live agent or the wicked patronage of Jessie J's raspberry jam-flavoured Legoface.
Now comes that second single. It's called 'Made A List'. It features whistling outbursts, glistening melodic sensibilities and a gentle build towards one of the finest powerchoruses known to alternativepopkind. It really is rather groovy. Or as they put it themselves: "There is a new exciting music being made, with subtle harmonies and fierce grinding dischords, A music so powerful that it would drive us mad if only our ears were tuned to the sound of it"
Come tune those ears at these shows here:
JULY 25TH LONDON Dalston Shacklewell Arms
4th August - Brightlingsea Music Festival
15th August - The MacBeth, London
Saturday 25th August - Colchester Free Festival.
7th September - Bestival, New Bands Stage.
15th September - Southsea Festival, Portsmouth
20th September - Scala, London
22nd September - Grinning Rat, Ipswich
12th October - Norwich Arts Centre (as part of Norwich Sound and Vision)
20th October - Oxjam - Dalston -