There’s something in Melbourne fourpiece Dick Diver’s combination of widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York punk edge and scratchy 90s indie rock that transcends influences to become truly rare and exciting.
The band started out with guitarists Alastair McKay and Rupert Edwards sharing songwriting in a classic Forster & McLennan style, but have since opened up to contributions from wise-ass bassist Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control) and laconic drummer Steph Hughes (Boomgates, Children Collide).
Debut EP Arks Up was released in 2009 as a limited edition 7″ vinyl single with an accompanying CD (featuring extra tracks), to community radio adoration and Triple J rotation in Australia. The band scored shows with Steve Malkmus, Jeffrey Lewis and a slot on the 2010 Boogie Festival.
Debut album New Start Again, released in late 2011, saw the band in more collaborative mode, adding extra instruments to their palette, growing and changing and getting even more amazing. The result was warm and understated, shot through with casual grace, and is already an Australian classic!
Dick Diver are now about to release their second album Calendar Days, with punchy first single Alice and dreamy follow-up Water Damage already doing the rounds.
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By Dick Diver Released March 2013
Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with second album Calendar Days, the follow-up to 2011 debut New Start Again.
Previously known for their scratchy, dueling guitars and laconic delivery, Dick Diver throw a few curveballs on Calendar Days. The first sound you hear on the record is the tick of a drum machine, and there [...]
Check out the new Dick Diver single Water Damage, premiered yesterday on Gorilla Vs Bear!
Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with second album Calendar Days in March this year, the follow-up to 2011 debut New Start Again.
In the lead-up here is new track Water Damage, the second single to be released from the album [...]
By Dick Diver Released November 2012
Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with Alice, the first song off their second album, provisionally entitled Calendar Days, which is due for release on Chapter Music in 2013. This comes after celebrated 2011 debut album New Start Again and 2009 EP Arks Up.
Alice sees the band in classic full-tilt pop mode, the two [...]
By Dick Diver Released October 2011
New Start Again, the debut album by Melbourne foursome Dick Diver, is warm and understated, shot through with casual grace and supported by real backbone. It’s an intriguing combination of widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York edge and 90s indie-rock scratch that transcends its influences to become truly honest and exciting.
The respectively wry and poetic [...]
By Dick Diver Released November 2009
SOLD OUT!! DIGITAL SALES ONLY! Melbourne fourpiece Dick Diver have only been at it for less than a year, but already have the hallmarks of a modern classic. There’s something in their combination of widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York punk edge and scratchy 90s indie rock that transcends influences to become truly rare and [...]