Dakota Avenue - Dead Men Don't Grin

Track of the Week

So, the end of last week we felt like summer had finally arrived, and were on the hunt for new music to be the soundtrack of the heatwave. And we stumbled across the brand new release from BIMM Manchester’s Dakota Avenue – so had to make it our Track of the Week…

What was the inspiration behind your track?

I attended a festival called Shambala in 2016. We saw a man nearly roll into a lake and he had this HUGE smile on his face, and my friend said “is he dead?” at which point, my step-dad was chuckling to himself and replied “nah, dead men don’t grin”! I wanted this song to be sarcastic, like when you break-up and partners and wish death upon each other, which is horrific, but it was like “Well, I don’t exist do I? I’m just dead.”

What did your songwriting process involve?

I have absolutely no idea. I was listening to a lot of Feeder’s ‘Comfort In Sound’ album at the time and really loved the major 7 chords. I jumped onto my music software, at the time it was Magix, and I wanted to start a song with just drums, as I really liked the effect ‘The City’ has on The 1975’s first album, really impactful. For the rest of the song, it was just what came out.

How do you make yourselves stand out from other bands?

We are a northern-hash of soulful-indie, reggae and pop. I feel like there is a lack of reggae, or groove in commercial music these days and I’ve always said I’d love to be a Coldplay with groove, or a U2’s ‘Joshua Tree’ with groove. I feel like as well, most bands who fit into our genre have 4 or more members, so one comment we always get and will never not appreciate is ‘how big we sound for a three-piece’.

Describe your sound in 3 words…

Soulful, big and sarcastic.

Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?

Last year, I worked closely with friends, ‘Plastic House, ‘Paper Shop Dave’ and ‘Rivet City’.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The networking opportunities. Without BIMM, I never would have met Frank and Andy and I can honestly say, I couldn’t be happier with how the band sounds, looks and just is now.

How did BIMM help you develop as an Artist?

It pushes you. When you’re seeing a single come out every Friday, you’re exposed to all of these PR tactics, all different sounds, different events managers who they use, different ways of doing things and sometimes it can get a bit daunting. The tutorials with people like Natalie-Eve Williams, Jeff Thompson, Mike Burgess and Damian Morgan are god-send to be honest. Sometimes you can walk away feeling horrendous, like you’re an absolute fool, but upon reflection, it was a kick up the arse quite frankly.

Anything exciting coming up you can share?
We have a release party for the track on 24th April at Eagle Inn – tickets are available here priced at £3



Photo by Michelle Smith


POSTED ON: April 20, 2018
  • Manchester