Brisbane’s beer drinking, bong smoking, good-time party boys, Dune Rats are back with a brand new album, which they’ll be taking on the road for a national tour in March.
Released in early February, ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit’ is the second studio album for Dune Rats.
The first taste of the record came last year in December with single ‘Who’s Scott Green’, which was accompanied by a state-of-the-art interactive video that allows the viewer to take control of the action in a choose-your-own-adventure quest to track down the elusive Scott Green.
“It was weird when we were making the video,” bassist Brett Jansch says. “We were wondering how it was going to turn out, but then my first couple of times playing it I was like 'holy shit, this is almost like a video game'.
"I’m not sure if there are any other bands that have done it and I’d like to see some more of it because it’s fucking fun to play.”
The new album showcases Dune Rats upping their musical game in terms of songwriting. And Brett says fans can expect an even bigger party than usual when the band hit the road. “We’re super pumped for it,” he says.
“It's so flattering and so epic that a couple of the shows have sold out. Looking at it now, it's still so far away and everyone is keen to keep pumping up the show and really try to have some theatrics and make it a bit more of a show.
“Hopefully everyone will walk away saying, 'fucking hell, those guys used to be shit and now they're still shit but they're good'. It's something we're all keen to do, we always want to grow with our sound and shows; we’re not shying away from trying to be better, that’s for sure. We think it's a good thing.”
As if a Dune Rats show wasn’t enough of a ruckus, joining them on the upcoming tour will be fellow party animals Skeggs and Gooch Palms. Brett already has a fair idea of the sort of mischief they’ll be getting up to on the road. “A lot of bloody hoo-ha-ing I reckon,” he laughs.
“We have a good time taking the piss out of everything, so it's going to be a fucking riot. When we were first trying to put the tour together we were thinking of what would be something sick as an entire show and tour with a hot ticket. It's sick that it came to fruition and we've been able to get Skegss and Goochies on there.”
On their travels so far, Dune Rats have amassed a sizeable contingent of loyal adherents fondly known as ‘Dunies’, and it’s not just in Australia. “We made a friend in Prague when we first went there and he was such a legend,” Brett says.
“He lived in this tiny, little town in the Czech Republic and he dragged his whole village out to the show, and they were always so hyped and every time we've gone back to Prague they've all come back with more. They've always been legends.
“But then the people of Australia will push the limits of madness, smoking bongs on people's shoulders and whatever. Across the world they’re awesome, but that first time in Prague we thought they were such legends to be so hyped about coming to the show; that was the one thing, they were so happy to see the show."
Dune Rats National Tour Dates
Sat 11 Mar - Metropolis (Fremantle)
12-13 Mar - The Gov (Adelaide)
16-18 Mar - The Croxton (Melbourne)
22-24 Mar - The Triffid (Brisbane)
25-26 Mar - The Metro (Sydney)