Emerging Bristol/Sydney based indie pop-rock band – Dande and The Lion – release their new single “Children of the Hour” out today (23 February).
A shimmering slice of synth-laden indie-pop that glints like a glitterball strung amongst the smoke on a hazy dancefloor, “Children of the Hour” recorded by the band in their base of Sydney.
A song all about being playful in the moment and following the feeling, rather than over-thinking things, Natassa Zoe explains of their new single:
“I was sitting in Centennial Park in Sydney waiting to be picked up. I’d just finished reading a play called ‘The Children’s Hour’ and that kicked off the songwriting process. My ride was late which allowed me to finish the entire song all in one go which was kind of cool.”
Blending breezy indie-rock with bouncy electropop, the band cite a range of influences from Wolf Alice and Metric, to Cannons and The Naked & Famous, all of which fed into the DNA of “Children of the Hour”. Produced by Xavier Dunn and mixed/mastered by Klaus Hill, the resultant track is a mesmeric cut that sees ardent intimacies erupt into explosive, danceable choruses. As Natassa adds:
“”Children of the Hour” centres around the push and pull within an intimate relationship: the idea of meeting someone who takes you completely off-guard and shakes up your world in a totally unexpected way. So much so that you start creating excuses to see them and thinking about a future with them. But despite all of those feelings it never quite matches up: for whatever reason you’re both just out of touch.”
Dande and The Lion are dual vocalists Natassa Zoe (guitar) and Abbey Gardner (synth), joined by Chris Gabriel (drums) and Nicholas Shea (bass). The Australian/UK indie pop-rock quartet have released an impressive string of singles to date including their most recent release “Harder to Breathe”, which gained national airplay in Australia and was featured by BBC Introducing in the UK.
Having amassed over 100,000 streams on Spotify and 200,000+ views on YouTube, previous releases “Cheap Choice” and “Higher Places” have also received high rotation on MTV. Earning a reputation for their artistic videos, “Cheap Choice” won Best Music Video at the London Film Awards, “Higher Places” gained a nomination for Best Music Video at Cannes Film Awards, and most recently “Harder to Breathe” (directed by the band’s own Natassa Zoe) was selected for the London Director Awards.