Dutch Criminal Record

  (C) Adam Prosser

(C) Adam Prosser

Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Dutch Criminal Record find out more about them...

Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
We’re an indie four piece from Chichester, UK. We all went to the same school and Rio (Bass and Vocals), Joe (Guitar and Vocals), Sam (Guitar and Vocals) formed the band after being in the same GCSE music class. Framps joined in January on Drums to replace original drummer Alex. The name came from a football trip that Alex went on to The Netherlands. Upon return he claimed he had a Dutch Criminal Record (in hindsight very unlikely) and with the school Battle of the Bands looming it seemed like the perfect name.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When we formed the band bands like the Arctic Monkeys were a massive influence. We used to play a cover of 'A Certain Romance' whenever we practised, multiple times and it has such a nostalgic quality whenever we listen to it now. Bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys are obviously key influences especially from a songwriting and harmony point of view. While capturing the energy of bands like Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees have been inspirational over our time as a band.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s pretty upbeat and always centred on melody. Lots of people say we have a “summery” sound. From a musical point of view we all sing and so we have different lead vocalists on each track.

  (C) Rhona Murphy

(C) Rhona Murphy

What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The last track we brought out was called 'For The Record'. It’s actually one of the first songs we wrote as a band and as we’d never properly recorded it we wanted people to hear it as we’ve been playing it live for years!

What’s your local music scene like?
The scene in Chichester is pretty small although we help run an indie bands night once a month in a really cool old underground wine cellar called La Havana. It’s starting to grow and become really popular! However we’re quite local to Portsmouth and play there pretty regularly and the music scene there is great and there are so many great upcoming musicians.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’ve finished recording an EP which we plan to release this summer which is our key focus for the next few months! Festival wise we’re play quite a few including May Fest The Big Fringe Weekend (Southsea), Victorious Festival (Friday 24th August), Winchestival (Saturday 16th July), Haslemere Festival (Saturday 7th August) and The Great Dorset Steam Fair (31st August).

  (C) Rhona Murphy

(C) Rhona Murphy

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There’s loads of bands and artists that we’d love to make music with. We did a cover of Drake’s 'Hold on We’re Going Home' and so it might be cool to do a collaboration with him as he’s sonically completely different to us.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Yes, loads of stuff! One of the memorable ones was when we played a friend’s house party in his kitchen which isn’t a very good idea because all the surfaces are so reflective that the sound was just bouncing round and deafening everyone. Our pal Hamish who actually was hosting the party started a mosh pit and smashed this giant glass frame which was housing a painting. It culminated in the neighbours calling his parents who were actually on holiday so were powerless to do anything. They actually had us back next year which was really nice of them but we had to play in the garden, probably for the best.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Hmm, that is a tough one. Currently, that EP number three which is on the way is our best yet (hopefully)!

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