“… folk-flecked gems”
– The Herald
Following the successful release of debut single ‘Son’, ‘No Original Art’ continues to exhibit Dante’s ability to produce up tempo contemporary folk music tinged with a smattering of indie for good measure. Pulling on influences like Lau and Frightened Rabbit, Dante have impressively cultivated a sound that wouldn’t seem out of place on If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues – a compliment deserving of a band at the top of their game.
You can download ‘No Original Art’ below or from the the band’s Soundcloud page.
Showcasing the songwriting talents of Seán McLaughlin (a member of Idlewild’s Rod Jones’ solo project, The Birthday Suit), the band have captured a modern folk sound that epitomises the Scottish indie scene’s uncanny ability to blend contemporary innovation with more traditional values. Ably supported by ex Aberfeldy member Vicky Gray (fiddle / synth / glock / vox), Stephen Thom (electric mandolin / guitar / vox), Ruaridh Kidd (drums / vox) and Stuart Hosking (bass / vox), McLaughlin has created an album conjuring images of weather beaten landscapes, desolate beauty and lives lived at a slower pace, far away from the bustle of an overcrowded city.
Rich vocal harmonies sit seamlessly alongside traditional instrumentation, blended with a modern driven rock beat. Representing the very best of Scotland’s lo-fi alternative sound, Dante are sure to win the hearts and minds of fans of Lau, Frightened Rabbit and Arcade Fire.
Wake was part produced and recorded by Frightened Rabbit‘s Andy Monaghan, who also appears on the record playing bass and guitar, and was written in the Shetland Islands where Sean and Vicky were born.
In a baptism of fire that sits well alongside their infernal namesake, Dante played their first gig in Polmont Young Offenders Institution almost two years ago, and have never looked back. Since then, the band have grown steadily sharing the stage with members of Snow Patrol, supported The Birthday Suit and played with Washington Irving at the Edinburgh Festival.
The last few months have been extremely busy for Dante as they embarked on a tour of Scotland and northern England throughout September and October. They also played a support slot with Dry the River and have followed that up with the release of the download and video for ‘No Original Art’. The end of October will culminate in the unveiling of Wake on the 28th and the band have been announced to play Celtic Connections on 19th January 2014.