Benefits of SolitudeDag
Dag play songs about the country, about the city, and about trying to find yourself somewhere in between. Always surrounded by isolation, living in your head - the company of strangers or the solitude of the bush.
Led by songwriter Dusty Anastassiou, Dag have gone through several lineups over their 3-year existence. Their new album was recorded over 2 years in Brisbane, with local musicians Matt Ford (Thigh Master, Tenth Court) on drums, Skye McNicol (Bent) on violin and Josh Watson (Sewers) on bass, also contributing to the mixing and coproduction of the album. The songs attempt to capture some of what is to live on the outskirts of a state or town - still isolated in the digital age from outside trends and current sounds.
The result is a mix of folk-rock and country, played in the bright, brittle style of 80's Australian indie bands like Tactics, The Cannanes and The Go-Betweens. Songs about love, loss, death and the dole make up the bulk of this record, delivered in a dead-pan Queensland drawl that resonates with earnest, honest lyricism - at once both comforting and confronting.