AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DUNE FLOWERS
The Dune Flowers are an energetic four piece from the Baltimore area. Creating catchy riffs and mellow beats, The Dune Flowers bring you vibrant tunes to accompany a sunny day or uplift a shitty one. Although The Dune Flowers only have two official songs released online, their debut album will be out May 18th! For now, do yourself a favor and savor the minutes of bliss accessible to you. Blast “Le Sauce” or newly released “Casablanca” on your car stereo as soon as you can….
TELL US ABOUT THE BIRTH OF THE DUNE FLOWERS!
TYLER: We started without knowing we were going to start a group. Oscar and I recorded “Le Sauce” in my basement one day after jamming for a little. We needed a name to put it out under so from what I remember we decided on The Dune Flowers and put it out. We were just friends who wanted to play music. Naturally, George and Jeff, good friends or ours, joined in and now here we are.
COMING OUT OF A SMALL TOWN IN RURAL MARYLAND, DOES THIS CREATE A FAMILIAL, TIGHT KNIT ENVIRONMENT? HOW HAS IT IMPACTED THE BAND?
T: Oh yeah for sure. George, Oscar, Jeff and I all have known each other from old bands we were in years ago. It seems like everyone out here trades spots in each others musical groups.
WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES WHEN PUTTING THE BAND TOGETHER? NOW?
OSCAR : I like The Beatles a lot. Early Rock n’ Roll, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, those kind of songwriters. I’m more appreciative of pop music now because it’s smart to know who you’re up against.
T: Early Rock n’ Roll and contemporary rock groups have always been influences. Bands like The Beatles, The Doors, Twin Peaks, Allah Las, and Mac Demarco. More recently I think bands like Frankie Cosmos, The Lemon Twigs, and Cut Worms, have been influences.
WHERE DO YOU GUYS FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR SONGS, LIKE “LE SAUCE” OR “I AIN’T NEVER HURT NOBODY?”
O: Girls. They’re just songs about girls. I love being in love and so does everyone else, so I just try to recreate it and sing a song about it.
T: That’s about it. Girls. The songs themselves come from little things Oscar and I have been working on. It’s usually a bit of his song and a bit of mine all in one. Both of those songs are about girls and our relationships with them. A big thanks to all the girls in the world!!!
WHY ACOUSTIC SESSIONS IN FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS?
O: There’s no real venues in Westminster so we just made some. There really is nothing else to do in Westminster. I also fucking love McDonalds.
WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A BAND IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
T: It’s really easy to keep in contact with fans and super easy to share new material to thousands of people which is a new thing for everyone. The one thing that does stink is that if you are not internet savvy you’ll never make it. I feel now more than ever everything is all about having a large social media base. If you don’t market yourself correctly no one will hear your songs. It’s lame but it’s the world we live in now.
O: It’s not too prosperous yet but I’ve got high hopes for the future. It’s also really interesting hearing so many different groups now that anybody with GarageBand can start making music. There is definitely not a lack of diversity but it also sucks because it takes a lot more to prove to venues and such that you are actually a “real group.”
WHAT’S IT LIKE RECORDING YOUR DEBUT ALBUM? WHEN WILL IT BE RELEASED?
T: We’re super indecisive so each song took way longer than it should have. We also procrastinate a whole bunch. So it’s been a long process but I know it will be worth it once its out! The album will be out May 18th!