Dick Diver are back!
Melbourne’s celebrated deep pop thinkers return with Waste the Alphabet (check the Soundcloud stream below), a short, sharp pop attack premiered overnight on The Fader. They also announce details of third album Melbourne, Florida.
The first single is a novel collaboration for the band. As guitarist Rupert Edwards explains: “Michael Farrell is an excellent poet from Melbourne and he co-wrote the lyrics to Waste the Alphabet with Al McKay. To me, it avoids being ‘poetic’, which is great!”
Chapter Music will release Melbourne, Florida in Australia on, New Zealand and Japan on March 6, 2015. Chicago label Trouble In Mind will release it for the rest of the world on March 10.
As with everything Dick Diver have ever done, Melbourne, Florida was recorded by Mikey Young (of Total Control, Eddy Current fame). Once again they headed out to a rustic location, looking for atmosphere and intoxication, recording this one in a shed in Apollo Bay.
Of the new album, Rupert also has this to say – “You know that Simpsons episode where Krusty is trying to get a part in the ‘Radioactive Man’ movie? He shows the director a photo where he is pulling different types of faces (happy, sad, angry etc.). The director isn’t impressed. ‘But look at my range!’ Krusty implores. Melbourne, Florida is like that. Look at our range!”
Previous album, 2013’s Calendar Days, was recently named by Fasterlouder as one of the 50 albums that defined the last decade (and rightly so). Since then Dick Diver have put out two standalone vinyl singles – a split with Lower Plenty on Matador Records, and the New Name Blues single on Fruits & Flowers.
People hoping to catch Dick Diver live in the near future will need a ticket to Real Estate’s concert at the Corner Hotel on February 25 (supported by DD and the Stevens). Album launches will be announced further down the track!