Charles Brownstein from Northern Transmissions was lucky enough to catch up for a quick chat (via email) with Dean from Odonis Odonis. (Yes he is a big ministry fan)
CB: Your last album ‘Hollandaze’ was kind of a fun one. What can we expect from ‘Soft
Boiled, Hard Boiled’?
DT: Less fun It’s definitely more of a serious record compared to Hollandaze, but still has its fun moments. There’s more depth and will probably take listeners more time to digest than Hollandaze.
CB: It’s coming out pretty quickly after the last release, was there an urgency releasing new material.
DT: It’s actual not new material. This album has been done for a while so I’m just really looking forward to having people hear it. Also, I want there to be a relationship with Hollandaze: having the records side-by-side paints a better picture of the range of the project.
CB: I noticed you guys are playing The Great Escape Festival, are you excited to be
playing with so many other great bands?
DT: Definitely! We just had week in Austin for SXSW and that was pretty great experience. It will be fun to see what The Great Escape is like, especially since its focused on up-and-coming acts.
CB: I believe your background is in film and animation, was music something you wanted to do for a long time?
DT: They have always gone hand-in-hand since I can remember. When I get bored of film, I do music… when I get my fill of music, I work on film.
CB: I read that you most of your influences were handed down to you from your sister’s
music collection when you were younger.
DT: Yeah, that’s true. They were always into really cool music and introduced me to things way before I should have heard it so I’m always thankful. I have a wicked foundation of music stored in my brain. I could have grown up listening to New Kids on Block like everyone else but instead I had New Order.
CB: You signed with English label Fat Cat, did you know from the beginning that was
who you wanted to sign with?
DT: They are great label that have a knack for picking really interesting artist that aren’t focused around trends. It made sense to be on the same label that broke bands like Animal Collective. You need a label to take chances on new sounds and help develop projects from the ground up.
CB: Are you amazed at how many indie Canadian bands have become successful?
DT: Not really, Canada has a really amazing music scene and what the world gets in
my opinion isn’t even the best of what’s going. Just wait another year, there’s a lot more coming.
CB: What five records have had the most impact on you?
DT: Pixies – Doolittle. Very few records have held up so long and still keep me inspired
on every listen.
Ministry – Land of Rape and Honey. When I first heard that album it actually scared me. I was probably too young to start getting into it, but the horror of it just got me hooked me.Stigmata is still a badass track A Place to Bury Strangers – Self-Titled. I was lucky enough to tour with these guys when
they first started taking off. It really reminded me of a lot of stuff that I wanted to hear in music again. That album completely changed my view of song writing and the tour completely changed my view on how I wanted to approach the industry side with OO.
The Stone Roses – The Stones Roses. The first song I ever heard by them was “I Wanna Be Adored” on cassette tape sitting in a parked car. I just kept rewinding that song and playing it back over and over. It still has the same effect on me… really amazing record. John Squire’s guitar playing on “ I Am the Resurrection” was a huge influence.
New Order / Joy Division / The Smiths / MBV / Sisters of Mercy / Jesus and Mary Chain / Big Black all make the list too. Way too hard to narrow it down to 5.