While the nine-piece juggernaut have only been in existence for a little over two years, they’ve quickly become one of the most sought after live acts in the country, bringing their combination of collaboration and fun to the stage in a way that’s nothing short of exhilarating. Now set to release their second album Digital Zodiac, Liam McGorry of the band discusses how much they’ve developed and the rewards that come with making music with your mates.
McGorry is buzzing over the new album given the momentum the band have picked up since releasing their debut album Mind Renovation early last year. “It’s a pretty good feeling to finally have the album surfacing after two or three months of sitting on it. It’s the polar opposite to the last one, which was done in a few days and put out straight away. We wanted to make another record that was perhaps a bit more considered as a band. A lot of people have said that Mind Renovation sounds like ten different bands, it’s good to see that cohesion come across on Digital Zodiac.”
In the time between releases, Dorsal Fins have not only grown in popularity but into themselves as a band. “I think we weren’t really a band when we made Mind Renovation,” says McGorry. “Dorsal Fins was forged out of just wanting to do something completely different within a collaborative relationship between mainly myself, Jarrad and Ella. It really was just to try and push ourselves creatively in a new project, doing things like not really finishing songs before going into the studio. It’s probably not the most efficient way to work but it’s definitely a lot of fun. We throw everything onto the wall to see what sticks.”
Collaborating has been a big part of Dorsal Fins from the start, with the band recruiting some of their friends to guest on vocals. “We’re a fan of a lot of our good friends and what they do, it’s hard to not want to do something with them. On the new album we have a few guests – Tim Karmouche from Crepes, Tim Nelson from Cub Sport and Nick Vorrath from Joe Neptune. It’s a pleasure to call them all friends and quite exciting to go on a whim and try something new with them.”
Dorsal Fins’ ultimate power comes within their live shows, a non-stop party that is a pleasure to witness each and every time. “It’s really about a shared experience for us,” says McGorry. “In the day and age of serious acts going around it’s important to have fun and share a bit of a moment and get that connection with the audience.”
Now that the ball is well and truly rolling for Dorsal Fins, the obvious next step is for the band to go worldwide. “That’s definitely a big goal but we’re also really looking forward to touring around Australia again. The Mind Renovation album tour was just a Melbourne and Sydney show and we did a few shows for BIGSOUND as well. Doing the Sedated single tour this year was a really dramatic step up for us, we’re very fortunate that we’ve been able to make it work.”
McGorry is also incredibly appreciative of the opportunities the band have been presented with in their short existence. Rounding out 2016 with appearances at Melbourne Music Week and the Darebin Music Feast, McGorry’s love of performing with his bandmates is inspiring. “Where we’re at this year compared to last year has been a monumental shift in the amount of gigs we’re doing. We’re very lucky and fortunate to get to play those festivals.
“Every gig is a pleasure and we’re really relishing in having so many shows in a row,” says McGorry. “Touring with nine people isn’t the easiest thing to do but we’re living in the moment and embracing what we can do as a band.”
By Holly Pereira