Australiaâ€™s beloved punk / rock ratbags Dune Rats release their fourth studio album â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ today. Featuring the hit singles UP, What A Memorable Night and Melted Into Two, their new album represents a new phase for the group and is their most ambitious and cohesive collection of work to date.
Released two years on from 2020â€™s ARIA #1 â€˜Hurry Up And Waitâ€™, Dune Ratsâ€™ new album may see the band at a new punk-saturated, pun-filled peak, but when it comes to its composition and underlying intentions, â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ captures Danny Beus (guitar / vocals), BC Michaels (drums / vocals) and Brett Jansch (bass) in a reinvigorated, refocused creative zone.
The melodies are strong, rhythms relentless; the way the group worked together over sessions under the production eye of Scott Horscroft on New South Walesâ€™ south coast resulted in, as BC describes,Â â€˜a bit more of a sophisticated albumâ€™. This doesnâ€™t mean Dune Rats have lost their edge or have grown soft with age: theyâ€™re very much still about keeping that same energy fans have loved about them since Dune Rats first dropped back in 2014. Itâ€™s just manifested in new and different ways.
â€œWeâ€™re pretty honest dudes with each other,â€Â Danny says.Â â€œWeâ€™ve grown up, but weâ€™re pretty fortunate that we havenâ€™t grown apart. Weâ€™re now twelve years in, but I feel like weâ€™re writing better tunes and finding that weâ€™re getting to the core of who we all are, even though weâ€™re still changing.â€
â€œThey still have the same energy, but they donâ€™t lean on gimmicks as much.â€Â BC says.Â â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s one swear word on this entire albumÂ (note: not true!),Â or any direct drug references, but it definitely still feels really fun. I didnâ€™t even realise that until the album was written. I guess thatâ€™s part of growing older as well, it doesnâ€™t mean it has to get boring, but it doesnâ€™t mean it has to be cheap, either.â€
Also released today is the video for Pamela Aniston, an ode to Pam and Jen who the band confess to having a crush on in their teenage years. Dunies took to the streets of Sydney for some market research and wanted to get opinions on the song from whomever was in reach.
Visual artist Lee McConnell returns with incredible art for â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™. On working with the band for album #4 Lee said:Â â€œOne night Danny told a story of â€˜Old Tomâ€™ a famous Orca from the area who was around in the early 1900â€™s who was famous for his co-operation with the local fisherman. With â€˜Old Tomâ€™ being a rare whale during his time and the album born in Eden it seemed fitting to call the album Real Rare Whale. A title which was so fun to run with. Another character was born into the ever expanding world of Dune Rats.â€
With over 150 million global stream, two consecutive #1 ARIA Albums including the aforementioned â€˜Hurry Up And Waitâ€™ and 2017â€™s â€˜The Kids Will Know Itâ€™s Bullshitâ€™, not to mention the hunger for the live Dune Rats experience leading the band to sell out theatres across the country in 2020, itâ€™s undeniable that hype for Dune Rats hasnâ€™t slowed. If anything, itâ€™s become reinforced.
To celebrate the â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ release, Dune Rats announced a string of special and intimate shows at a combination of out-of-the-box venues including a Melbourne warehouse, a Brisbane bowlo, an Adelaide arts factory and their very own pub in Sydney. Dunies will play the new album start to finish and ice the cake with a few of the hits from albums past. They have also announced a special guest to join them for each show with Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers in Melbourne, DZ Deathrays DJ in Sydney and Brisbane and TOWNS in Adelaide. The Brisbane launch is now sold out and limited tickets remain for the other dates.
Alongside the launch shows, fans in Melbourne can catch up with the band on Friday 29thÂ July at Soundmerch in Collingwood between 4pm to 6pm. The all ages event is an opportunity to get up close and personal with Dunies and grab a signed copy of â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ on release day. In Brisbane, fans can head to Rocking Horse Records from midday on Sunday 31stÂ July where Dune Rats will perform an acoustic set, meet the band and grab a signed copy of the new album. And in Adelaide on Thursday 4thÂ August starting at 4pm Dune Rats will also perform an acoustic set at Clarity Records, fans of all ages will have the opportunity to meet the band and grab a signed copy of â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™.
â€œReal Rare Whale is hands down the fastest, funnest and most insane album we’ve ever recorded,â€Â the Dunies said on recording the album.Â â€œItâ€™s an album that expresses the love of music and writing songs. Songs that will be epic to play live to thousands of sweaty bodies having a great time.â€
DUNE RATS â€˜REAL RARE WHALEâ€™ ALBUM LAUNCH SHOWS + SIGNINGS
FRIDAY 29thÂ JULY – MELBOURNE
Album Signing | Soundmerch – Collingwood (4-6pm) AA
Album Launch Show | The Industrique â€“ Coburg North (8pm-late) 18+ – TIX
SATURDAY 30THÂ JULY – SYDNEY
Album Launch Show | Dune Rats Hotel (White Horse Hotel), St Peters (2-4:30pm) AA -Â TIX
Album Launch Show | Dune Rats Hotel (White Horse Hotel), St Peters (5-8pm) 18+ – TIX
Album Launch Show | Dune Rats Hotel (White Horse Hotel), St Peters (8pm-late) 18+ -Â TIX
SUNDAY 31STÂ JULY – BRISBANE
Album Signing | Rocking Horse Records, Brisbane City (12-2pm) AA
Album Launch Show | ‘Dunies Rock n Bowls’ @ Coorparoo Bowls Club (afternoon session)
THURSDAY 4THÂ AUGUST – ADELAIDE
Album Signing + Acoustic Performance | Clarity Records, Adelaide (4-6pm) AA
Album Launch Show | Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide (8pm-late) 18+ -Â TIX
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