Another post-punk band out of Dublin- do we need any more? Well, in the case of Odd Morris, yes we do. Odd Morris are the uber cool first year at secondary school that hung out with the older kids- they emulate many of the traits of their counterparts, but they bring their own approach, the fresh approach youth brings to the world. With a sound that strays closer to goth than their post-punk mates, we most definitely can slot their music into our lives. With only three stand-alone singles we had to get on board to find out what is going on.
Hi guys, how are you? On the cult scene things are blowing up for you right now, how do you all feel as a band right now?
Daragh – All is well, thanks. We’re feeling no different as things aren’t blowing up as such, more so just progressing steadily as a band. It feels good to be putting out music that people genuinely enjoy.
Dublin appears to have a sound right now, in that you sound like you’re of the same ‘family’ as The Murder Capital, but your sound is distinctly yours at the same time- what do you think is causing the ‘Dublin sound’ right now?
Daragh: Hard to know as it’s probably the result of many things, but obviously similar music taste is key. In the grander scheme of things it could be due to reacting to social, political and cultural aspects of society in a similar way. We’re all very alike in many respects, in terms of mindsets, life goals and attitudes – and we all turned to music to express all of that. The output is naturally going to be alike in some way.
Kris – From our point of view I don’t think the idea of us aligning ourselves with a particular sound is one we’re too concerned with. When the four of us sit down in our rehearsal room to write, we just focus on playing and when we stumble upon any ideas or snippets that we like or we think have potential, we try pursue them further. It’s as simple as that.
For those reading this as fans of the Dublin scene can you give us a wrap up of your sound and musical influences?
Kris “Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of hip-hop… I know Daragh and Mac listen to a lot of techno, and Sam listens to Jazz quite a bit.”
Kris – The four of us certainly have our own individual musical tastes. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of hip-hop. I love the mechanics behind the production and beat-making that underpins it. I know Daragh and Mac listen to a lot of techno, and Sam listens to Jazz quite a bit. Having said that, we obviously have shared interests and artists we all love. That’s part of what keeps the writing process fresh, the four of us having our own ideas and angles to work from.
It feels as if everyone in Dublin is in this bubble of a scene all playing and sharing together, how true is this? Do the post-punk bands of Dublin (The Murder Capital, Fontaines DC, Just Mustard and Odd Morris) all keep in touch?
Daragh: To be exact, Fontaines D.C. and The Murder Capital shared the same room at one point, we are next door. Just Mustard aren’t a Dublin band, they’re from Dundalk. Yes, we’re all mates and socialize together when everyone is back in Dublin but the lads are mostly away on tour these days. There was, and still is, a real sense of a community – definitely.
Having dropped new single Cold Water a couple of weeks ago, which is almost a goth love song, can you explain the themes further to us?
Daragh “I just never really let my guard down to anyone in my life before until such a person walked into my life [and this inspired Cold Water].”
Daragh: You’ve hit the nail on the head pretty much, it is what it is. I just never really let my guard down to anyone in my life before until such a person walked into my life. It’s a slow burner and reaches fruition, personally, when I sing the piece of the poem I wrote about this person.
Your previous single Lilac Leaves you’ve commented is lyrically about forgiveness when you moved out of your family home, who were you forgiving and what for?
“let’s go with forgiving my dog for eating the Turkey on Christmas day”
Daragh: Something I don’t wish to delve into so let’s go with forgiving my dog for eating the Turkey on Christmas day.
And how long after the move did the words start coming to you? Your previous comments make it feel like it was cathartic for you to write Lilac Leaves– how true is that?
Daragh “The act of writing is a form of catharsis for me. It’s just one of the many ways to get to know yourself a bit better and to process emotions.”
Daragh: Very true. The act of writing is a form of catharsis for me. It’s just one of the many ways to get to know yourself a bit better and to process emotions. The words came to me while I was still at my family home anyway. The lyrics were written I think in about an hour, but the song did go through a number of reworks etc.
When working in the studio are you working with the same team and who is that team? Do the 3 pieces we have so far form as a bigger piece of work we’ll hear in the future?
Daragh: They don’t. Our three singles are stand alone songs and won’t be part of an album.
What else do we need to know about the 2020 plans for Odd Morris?
Daragh: We’ll be playing more shows in the UK in May so do keep an eye out. There’ll be more music released too.
Kris – We’ll see you out there.
Annie Mac Presents- Supporting The Murder Capital, The 100 Club on 4th of March
The Windmill, Brixton on 5th March
Gulliver’s, Manchester on 19th May