Boston-based indie punk duo The Dazies don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and doing things themselves. In fact, they prefer things that way. The DIY spirit is ingrained in the band, which unveiled two major projects in recent months: Seen a Ghost, their stellar split-LP with fellow Bostonians Courters, and the self-produced music video for the album’s stand-out track, “Misery.”
The band — which brings together Mikey Holland (vocals, guitars, drums, percussion) with Kurt Schneider (bass, backing vocals) – was kind enough to answer our questions about the record and music video, as well as their plans for the rest of 2018, in the latest GOODQUESTIONS Q&A. Keep on reading…
SOMETHINGGOOD: There are three directorial credits for your excellent DIY music video for “Misery.” What did everyone bring to the table? How do you feel about the finished product?
Mikey Holland: The video actually has two parts, which I’m excited for folks to see. The second being a video we did for Courters. I conceived the idea and wrote the treatment for both videos start to end. I drew a few key moments and then took that idea to my dear friend Richard TK Hawke at Starlab Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts. From there he put his artistic spin on the idea and we collaborated on the finished product. Michael Elliott Dennis helped direct, but really put his skills in the editing, which I think he did a pretty amazing job at.
SOMETHINGGOOD: Your band embodies the DIY ethos. Why is it important to you?
MH: I grew up dirt poor (for the most part still am) so getting creative and making things happen when otherwise nothing would be happening is pretty ingrained in my blood. I got a definite chip on my shoulder in regards to having to ask people for help. I always felt I can take on anything and if nothing is happening, you make something happen. DIY to me is just about making your own cool, following your own path you made yourself. I was lucky enough to find punk rock and hardcore at a young age. A lot of my ethos come from that part of me.
SOMETHINGGOOD: “Misery” is from your 2017 split LP with fellow Bostonians Courters, called Seen A Ghost. How did the album come about?
MH: The idea had been kicking around for a while. Trying to round up two bands and solidify information is pretty tricky and I’d only recommend doing so if you’re well organized. Recording/Mastering/pressing to vinyl/booking a tour and somehow all be on the same page is a monumental task, but I feel we did meet the goal. So I’m pretty proud of making shit happen.
SOMETHINGGOOD: Do you have any plans for the rest of 2018? Are you recording new music?
MH: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scheming something. I usually am, so who knows how things will shake out. We just produced an EP for Mala Vista out of NYC. I’m finishing off a very sparse type 80’s guitar garage record. Very influenced by New York actually. The line-up for the band is always in flux so I’m sure they’ll be shows. You never know who’ll be playing. I just played the last show on drums and vocals Levon Helm style. I play all the recorded drums so I figured why not live. It was a pretty fun change. We keep things super tight and super loose around here.
SOMETHINGGOOD: Who are you listening to?
MH: Public Access T.V.‘s new record is like made for me! It’s exactly where my head is musically so it’s very strange to have a album hit me like that. It’s been a while. But other great stuff I’ve been listening to is a lot of Nervous Eaters, an 80’s Boston punk band that got signed and cleaned up (musically speaking). Very crisp 80’s major label stuff. The Dazies are massive vinyl junkies so the musical crossover is pretty wild. Ramones to Beach House, Lucinda Williams to Japanese Breakfast, The Mezingers to Junior Murvin — we kinda love it all.
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