Melbourne four-piece Dancing Heals are heading out on an east coast tour this month to celebrate the July 5th release of their second album You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Now.
Indie pop rockers are Jon-Lee Farrell (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Daniel Trakell (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Jarrad Long (drums) and James Lovie (bass) formed Dancing Heals back in 2012 after their bands had all broken up in the same month.
“We used to play gigs together around town or around Melbourne,” says singer Jon-Lee.
“My band and Dan and Jarrad’s band had all broken up at the same time. We were all friends just from playing with each other’s bands. I wanted to start a new project so we all just started jamming.”
Their previous bands created a slightly heavier rock and roll sound.
Jon-Lee describes Dancing Heals as a concerted effort to get better at song writing and to make music that wasn’t necessarily heavy or soft.
Being in bands since they were in their teens, all four members musical influences vary individually but they can all agree on a few.
“We all grew up listening to bands like Nirvana, Oasis and the Beatles but I think the only bands we all on is Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Nirvana.”
When Dancing Heals first started out, the guys spent 14 months rehearsing and writing before releasing anything or playing shows.
“It takes time to be in a band, looking at each other and knowing when a song is finished,” explains Jon-Lee. “Then we were just really happy with a batch of maybe 10 songs and decided to start playing live.”
With the release of You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Now on July 5th, the album showcases are darker side to the band.
“Lyrically and thematically, I think it’s a bit darker just by chance,” says Jon-Lee. “Musically, it is less refined in the recording proves. It’s a little less glossy than the first album, which is what we wanted. We wanted it to be a bit more raw, and a bit more real.”
The album, which part recorded in Asheville, North Carolina, was recorded in a church turned studio which uses tape recording.
“All bands in the 60s, 70s and 80s recorded to tape,” says Jon-Lee.
Listeners are taken back to the pre-digital era of sound recording with this new album.
“I think you lose a lot of feeling in the song [when recording digitally] and don’t necessarily play to the best of your ability during takes because you’re aware that you can go back and fix it if you make a mistake.”
Recording via tape helped capture the bands live sound in one shot and provides a warmer sound instead of a digital hiss and made it gentler on the ears.
Touring the East Coast this July, fans can expect to hear all the new songs live for the first time.
“I think we are sounding a lot better than we’ve ever sounded,” explains Jon-Lee. “We’ve nailed the new songs in a live sense. There are a lot of layers on the album that we can’t do live so the show is a little louder, a little more raucous and the guitars have to take the place of where there is a lot of keyboards and organs.”
Fans can expect the show to be a more energetic version of the album.
After the East Coast tour, the band is hoping to play some festivals over summer and plan to keep writing and get ready to record again next year.
“But mainly just playing live and try to push the album to as many places as we can,” says Jon-Lee. “We might be hopefully going back to American in October but we’re not sure yet.”
You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Now is now available on iTunes. Dancing Heals deliver a fantastic second album that takes the listener on a dreamy journey back into the moods of the 60s, 70s and 80s music while still channelling a modern rock and roll vibe.
Catch Dancing Heals on tour this July:
Wed, July 10 – The Basement, Canberra
Thur, July 11 – Front Gallery and Café, Canberra
Fri, July 12 – Beresford Upstairs, Sydney
Sat, July 13 – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle
Sun, July 14 – The Old Manly Boatshed, Sydney
Thur, July 18 – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
Fri, July 19 – The Hideaway, Brisbane
Sat, July 27 – The Workers Club, Melbourne
Tickets available at www.dancingheals.net
Download You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Now at: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/you-will-never-be-younger/id657265107
By Angela Ruggeri