Interview With Herman Dune
UPBEAT, FRIVOLOUS AND WHIMSICAL ANTI-FOLK TO SOUNDTRACK EVERY ELATED HIGH AND TREACHEROUS LOW
Despite the singular sounding name Herman Dune are actually a duo (and usually more for live shows). For the past three years their croaky anti-folk has soundtracked every elated high (there’s been millions) and every treacherous low (there’s been a few) – and even every nano-emotion inbetwixt these polar sensations – that my tired, tetchy aura has mustered. Although I was admittedly late to the party - I was initially introduced to the Not On Top album from 2005 (the seventh of nine albums put out since 2000) - I’ve been making up for lost time by double-dropping heavy doses, listening in my sleep and devouring any associated media output with the fervour of a man whose brain is a long-overdue borrow from the library’s short loans section.
The band, made up of singer and guitarist David-Ivar Herman Dune (AKA Yaya – who’s taken these snaps for us) and drummer Néman Herman Dune (also of noisenik tension-mongers Zombie Zombie) make deceptively simple (yet melodically-astute) folk-based compositions which are usually typified by flashes of electric guitar, calypso, horns and harmonica. Their sound retains an upbeat, frivolous and whimsical feel – something that the lyrical subject matter rarely is. As a singer David-Ivar has devising an idiosyncratic approach to pop songwriting which emphasises his slight vocal range and facilitates his talkative, almost-conversational style of delivery. If you ever wondered what a young Bob Dylan would be like if he lived and wrote in modern day Williamsburg (rather than 1960s Greenwich) then Herman Dune are about as close as you’ll get to the same uncompromising principles and single-minded confidence without growing a pencil ‘tache and appearing in lingerie adverts.
Not only have we gifted you these beautiful photos (mainly taken with David-Ivar’s trusty Lomo LCA) but we’ve got a private recording of Blueberry Hill (originally, I think, by Fats Domino) sung by David-Ivar Herman Dune and his Dad for you to download. After that you should make a move towards their extensive back catalogue and then peruse David-Ivar’s drawings and photos over at his Strange Moosic blog. After that you’ll be officially immersed in lo-fi awe and initiated into the wondrous world of Herman Dune.
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