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Bedford metal newcomers Club Dread have just dropped their monstrous debut single ‘Floor Gazer’ that sees vocalist Jim Dummer question what it means to have relationships and true connections in a world that is addicted to 24-hour news cycles and social media.
“We live in a time that has never been more connected but never more alone. Social media, conversations and interactions all reduced to converting friendships into likes and comments. Floor Gazer is a reflection of modern-day social interactions, focusing on the dismissal of emotion, false portrayals and being aware of a mask that we put on within certain situations. This song focuses on the negative effects of spending such a large portion of the day miserable or in a poor headspace merely to survive and compete with other people who feel exactly the same… and more importantly, noticing a difference within yourself.”
We managed to catch up with Jim to talk about the origins and the future of the band.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Club Dread before?
Jim: OK, so you know when Peter Andre wrote ‘Insania’ when he was in the jungle? Well nothing like that, more like when you put a brick in a washing machine, mixed with a horrible amount of flangey guitars and lots of shouting. But then the washing machine breaks and there’s a calm moment of silence (with a hint of panic before you call your dad for help) where you can take it easy and remember what ‘Insania’ actually sounds like before grief sets in about spending money on a new washing machine (let’s not forget that you put the brick in there in the first place).
DP!: How did the band form?
Jim: Well, I’ve (Jim) known Tom (Newman) for years just through mutual friends, parties and stuff.
Remember when the Smiler got stuck at Alton Towers (a good few years after Peter Andre wrote Insania)? Tom and I were all on the said ride, turns out, the other guys were all the ride too, after hearing me screaming like a (cool talented & handsome) baby, they couldn’t help but be impressed. After the crying stopped and the ride became unstuck, they approached me and said that they were so blown away by my vocal capabilities that we have to start a band. I was very drunk at the time and I don’t remember the rest but, here we are.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Jim: Considering the current climate and the world is on FIRE I can’t help but be slightly triggered by this question BUT.. We will not let a measly pandemic cause a riff lockdown, no way. We are fighting back with discords and bass solos as we enter the studio (Monolith, where we recorded chart-topping ‘Floor Gazer’) to record two follow up singles.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Jim: I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet but considering we are the best band in the game it’s silly to not listen to Club Dread over and over again, right? But every now and again, we do listen to other artists. Mastadon, Touché Amore, Mulatu Astatke, Black Peaks, Loathe and Peter Andre all slap.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Jim: Real talk, we don’t aspire to any bands, we take lots of influence from different bands and respect what they do (for example go into the jungle and write bangers), but we’re in this to play tunes and have a laugh. The only way we can get disappointed is if Coronavirus evolves and starts targeting funny and talented musicians, then at that point I’d probably wish I invested in VR or something. ‘
DP!: Where do you want to be a year from now?
Jim: Picture the scene, we’ve just walked off stage at a socially distanced show at Ally Pally, all 12 people in the audience had a great time. Backstage, James Hetfield and Bryan Cranston are singing ‘Mysterious Girl’ on Singstar, pizza for everyone, Tom now owns OnlyFans, Coronavirus is the name of a cocktail and that is ALL. Oh, and we’ll probably have some t-shirts for sale at this point?
Club Dread‘s new single ‘Floor Gazer’ is out now.