Meet the 80s tinged pop starlets bathed in new romanticism.
Hailing from the South Coast, Dumb Lovers are making intelligent arthouse-esque indie pop with a nostalgic makeover. Their debut single, “Oscar”, combines the jarring guitar lines of The Gang of Four with the powerful vocalisation of Pat Benetar and it’s a hypnotising introduction into the music world. Taking inspiration from bands such as Talking Heads, the pair are masters in combining intriguing beats and thumping basslines, creating their very own style in a genre awash with monotony.
Surrounded by all the hall marks of pop success, we had a chat with Megan and Robin to find out more about them.
If you could soundtrack any film from the 1980’s what would it be?
It’s not exactly the 80s but it would have to be True Romance.
What inspires you to wake up and make music every day?
New music, bad music, and the enjoyment of creating something new.
Does your hometown of Bournemouth and being from the South East make its way into your music?
I think it does through default. It can be a very uninspiring place sometimes and quite boring for young people but that in itself drives us to escapism and searching for something outside of Bournemouth. The lack of culture in Bournemouth definitely pushes us to rebel against the norm.
What do you take the most time over: lyrical content or instrumentation?
We do both so separately so that they aren’t compromising each other, I reckon instrumentation probably takes up most of our time though.
“The lack of culture in Bournemouth definitely pushes us to rebel against the norm.”
If you could choose any other band name what would it be?
The Lovers maybe?
What’s your dream collaboration?
Alex Turner & Fleetwood Mac.
Your debut single “Oscar” has just come out, what was the process of writing that song like?
As with most of our songs its evolved over the space of about a year now. It started with a classic Fleetwood Mac inspired drum beat and ended up having influences from Johnny Marr and even The Cure. It formed organically though because we took our time on letting it sit right.
What’s next for Dumb Lovers?
More music and a live set that we hope will show people our true colours.
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