2013has muscled up many bands who have grabbed us by the scruff of the neck, one of these has been Southampton pair Dolomite Minor. We thought best to sit down with the guys and discuss their year and the future.
It’s all been happening for Dolomite Minor in recent months, exciting times right?
MAX: Yeah the summer has been incredible, playing all these festivals all over the country.
JOE: Yeah it’s great, nice to be able to play loads of different places and get our music out there.
Most people have caught wind of you guys through live shows, how do you try to carve out a lasting impression?
JOE: We try to make each show memorable one way or another, I guess just being different to the ‘norm’ makes us stand out.
We’ve been treated to a few singles, are there any plans for an EP in the pipeline?
MAX: We’ll have to see, keep your eyes peeled early next year…
JOE: We don’t want to give away too much, it’s good to keep a mysterious side to the band, make people come and see us live as well as just listening at home.
There’s a really dark sound to ‘Let Me Go’, how did this style come about?
JOE: Our general style of music is not just blues infused fuzz songs, we have a darker edge to our material, hopefully that element will steer us away from White/Auerbach comparisons. Despite loving these artists, it’s nice to have your own identity and sound.
How would you describe the music scene in Southampton, did it give you a good platform to start from?
JOE: There’s a good music scene in Southampton with a real community feel, everyone helps each other out. It was great for us starting out playing there. Being given the opportunity to play loads of gigs when you first form a band is so important, so it was great to be given endless opportunities.
What’s been your best experience in music so far?
MAX: Playing Reading Festival definitely, we had doubts at what it was gonna be like, we thought no one would show up, but there ended up being a couple hundred people watching us.
JOE: Playing loads of different venues and recording at a great studio with people who really understand our sound, and add so much to it.
Dare we ask the worst?
MAX: We played in Northampton the other day, and we played to our friends who we’re currently touring with (Lyger) and the bar staff, which was quite rough. We just treated it like a practice though.
JOE: I’m sure that’s yet to come..
With loads of promising stuff around at the moment, what new band have got you most excited?
MAX: We love The Wytches, they’ve got such an incredible and different sound, Drenge are up there for us aswell.
JOE: Wet Nuns album is great, such a shame they split up, the riff in ‘Hanging’ is unbelievable. Lyger who we are on tour with at the moment are great too. The Paul Dozsa Experience are cool as well.
What are the next steps for you guys then?
MAX: Just to gig, record, and release as much as we can.
JOE: Finish this tour, keep on writing, and then tour some more.
Remaining tour dates,
13 NOV – Oakford Social Club Reading
14 NOV – Boileroom Guildford
15 NOV – Louisiana Bristol
16 NOV – Brass Monkey Hastings
22 NOV – Bunters B Side Truro
23 NOV – Cavern Club Exeter
27 NOV – The Hope Brighton
29 NOV – Edge of The Wedge Portsmouth
04 DEC – Old Blue Last London