Despite its dark themes, The Dockers' newest single 'I Knew Him (well?) Horatio' (a reference to Hamlet) will leave you with a smile and feel-good energy.
Taken from the Sydney group's forthcoming second EP (due 25 June), and with The Whitlams vibes super strong throughout, the song was written during a trip to Spain after a number of suicides by close friends in a short amount of time.
"It's an existential crisis, dark, but sheds a lot of light on the fact that it's temperamental. Definitely the best song I'll ever bloody write," says the group's vocalist, guitarist Murray Cooke.
"It was written when I wondering about a beach in Barcelona and the words and melody popped into my head," he adds.
"I thought 'wow, what a fun little tune, but this is bloody dark'. So we tried to add violins to darken the mood, and then came the whistles, then a two and a half minute outro. . . We tried!"
Ahead of the song's release tomorrow (21 May), scenestr is stoked to premiere 'I Knew Him (well?) Horatio' today. Enjoy.
The Dockers play Agincourt Hotel (Sydney) 12 June and Kelly's on King's (Sydney) 19 June.