Having a music video banned by YouTube for containing too many naked men and playing a gig while a member was high on morphine (for medical reasons) means British/Canadian newcomers Dish Pit sound pretty rock’n’roll to us.
They’re also pretty damn good, which should be expected given that most of the ten songs they are currently steadily releasing were recorded by Steve Albini, who’s also worked with Nirvana and PJ Harvey. Add to that a fierce live show and songs discussing female empowerment and class division, whilst maintaining plenty of mischievousness and humour, and they’re onto something deeply intriguing.
The trio of Jed, Nora and Ethan, who hail from Brighton and Montreal, sent us Seven, which was released at the end of last year, to give us a taste for what they have to offer. It opens up with freaky throaty noises over a low bassline, then a little scream and more throat sounds before low vocals “He only loves me a little bitty, He only tells me these things on speed but, You don’t know, you don’t know, you don’t know anything.”
Cool repeating guitar chords jump in before giving way to more low vocals, then random guitars build up to another hit of heavier chords. Watch the video here:
Most recent single, Sold Out, which was released earlier this month, opens up with a light guitar lick that drops into Nora’s edgy spoken, almost shouty vocals. Give it a listen below:
Their previous two tracks, 1,000 Ways To Die and Family Man, provide a glimpse of a heavier side to the band with plenty of fuzzy guitars and hooky rockiness. So go give them a listen and, while you do that, read our interview with the band below…
GR: Who are Dish Pit?
DP: “Three reformed dish washers from Montreal, Canada. We met in a giant abandonned mitten factory where we all lived. Nora and our first drummer Jack had a stage in their loft and we started playing just to kill time because we didn’t have any internet.”
GR: You just released Seven. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
DP: “The song has a very hypnotic, freaky feel. I think the time signature wraps the listener in an uneasy swaddle, an abrasive embrace. It’s our latest single off our up and coming album that we recorded with Steve Albini this year. We made our first music video for it that’s super gnarly. We like starting off shows with this track to set the atmosphere.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DP: “Freak-grunge with a little sprinkle of hardcore. Post-punk? Just fucking listen, bud.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Nora: “I like to write lyrics as different characters. On the album you’ll find an angry, deadbeat dad, a hermit, the queen of a trashpile. All these people are at some level a real part of me or someone I know.
Jed: “I think physically because I’m a trained dancer. This ends up resulting in writing a lot of songs in odd time signatures that you can feel with your body.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DP: “We’ve been told we sound a lot like PJ Harvey, Hole, Slint and Ty Segall. That being said, we work hard to write from intuition and develop a sound that isn’t really being played as of yet. We’ve gotten to a point where were morphing a lot because we try to write in the present, and the present is always changing.”
GR: What have you got coming up through 2020? New music, new gigs, recording etc…?
DP: “We’re about to release a second music video and single for the song I Sold Out. We’ve been having a ton of fun making the videos with our pals so i think we’ll keep putting out one every month over the course of 2020. This summer will be all about touring and working on our second album.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music
DP: “We’re best friends. We’re in love. We’re young and we got roam in our bones.”