The Dykeenies Interview
Up and coming Scottish group talk about their new album and killing goldfish
Scottish newcomers The Dykeenies are formed of three brothers- Brian, Alan and Andy Henderson- and best mates Steve and John. The Glasgow lads are currently causing a storm with their electro rock that sounds like The Killers if they were a bit younger and more emo.
Pink haired frontman Brian told us about their varied influences: Our mum and Dad listened to a lot of music like (country star) Frankie Lane. Growing up with Abba is hard!
Johns into Queen and Def Leppard. Andrew is a big Oasis fan. All those musical focuses came together and this is what you got.
For their debut album The Dykeenies worked with Manics producer Dave Eringer and Placebo man Dimitri Tikovoi. Guitarist Alan said: There are 3 different producers so its varied. We did 7 tracks that were more electronic using keyboards to texture the stuff.
The five-piece are currently on a lengthy tour and have gained a hefty fan base especially north of the border: We are big fans of touring, says Brian. Some of the gigs its a quite young crowd. We supported Fountains Of Wayne and some of their old fans have come back to us.
The anthemic group have taken unusual inspiration for their lyrics too: When we were growing up we had 2 goldfish, Bassist brother Andy told MTV. I took one of them to bed with me and it dies. So one song on the album is about a fish.
Brian is keen to point out The Dykeenies serious side too: Panic is about a friend of mine who went out one night and did something he shouldnt have done. The song is about the fear of having an STD.
Its clear the young Glasgow group are ambitious as Alan points out: Bands seem to find a formula and you get sick of it. Our album everything is different. Its not like The Twangs album- it holds its own.
The Dykeenies Single Clean Up You Eyes is out now