‘THAT WAS THE FUTURE’
ALBUM RELEASE 13TH OCTOBER 2017
On listening to ‘That was the Future’ one could be delighted to have found an original, undiscovered, ‘60s psychedelic prog classic, but don’t be confused: this album is as modern as they come. Brighton-based The Dials are superbly crafting their original material in a den of antiquities, blending Hammond and Vox organs, modular synths and swirling guitar. Dressed as quintessentially British gents, they’re vintage with a contemporary twist and a flash of paisley: lovers of all things retro may well find their new favourite band. Enjoy the trip!
Praise for The Dials:
“A big favourite of mine” Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6
“Many knowledgeable heads nod sagely in their direction”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Confident pop-rock of impeccable influences” Uncut
“60s psychedelia with a Byrdsian Undertow” Q
The Dials have been familiar faces on the Brighton music scene since 2002, playing their own peculiar blend of psychedelia, surf, folk and jazz garage. Dermot Watson, Andy Taylor, Rich Parrish and Joe Allenby-Byrne are inspired by The Zombies, Funkadelic, Caravan and Miles Davis jamming at the UFO Club on a rainy September night.
An early lineup emerged busking trad country numbers with banjos on the seafront, but when the band went electric in 2005 their demos were picked up by fan Mark Lamarr, who
persuaded them to play a series of sessions for BBC Radio 2.
Their eponymous debut album in 2007 showcased a bewilderingly eclectic collection of songs which somehow won the hearts of small pockets of radio DJs and listeners worldwide. Their live debut at NXNE in Toronto was described as “pure energy, hard-howling, Brit-infused honky-tonk”.
After famously requiring a fire crew of nine to rescue them from a bank vault in which they had become trapped whilst recording 2009’s ‘Companions of the Rosy Hours’, the band metamorphosed: Dermot and Andy shut themselves away and began writing the album which would become the critically-acclaimed ‘The End of the Pier’ (2013). Self-produced and recorded all over Brighton with a rotating cast of musicians, the album was eventually released and the current lineup established.
For the last three years, The Dials have been recording in UNKLE’s Toy Room studio in Brighton with Ben Thackeray (Patti Smith, Nick Cave, My Bloody Valentine, Gruff Rhys) producing. Featuring pump organs, mandolins, Moogs, mellotrons, pastoral folk and Bavarian waltzes, ‘That Was The Future’ will be released on vinyl and CD on October 13th 2017. The single from the album ‘Cuckoo Stone’ is available for streaming on MP3, with video expected late August 2017 and an album launch on Fri 6 Oct at the Hope & Ruin in Brighton with DJ set from Steve Mason. Further live dates include: Sat 19 Aug – Brunswick Festival, Hove/ Sat 23 Sep – Knoxbridge Festival, Frittenden/ Sat Oct 7 – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London/ Sat 28 Oct – The Railway Tavern, Southend On Sea. More to be announced.