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The Dollfins have no interest in swimming with the sharks of the music industry. The Cape Town trio are more interested in reaching back into the past to bring something different to the music scene.
They have done this through their self-titled debut album (which is free for download) as well as through songs such as the new single, There She Goes, that is hair-flinging garage punk.
While still trying to grow their fan base, The Dollfins have released an interesting music video for In My Head and will perform at the Western Cape’s outdoor festival, Rocking The Daisies, next month.
The members of The Dollfins aren’t fond of being referred to by the names that appear on their birth certificates.
The lead vocalist and guitarist is known as F**k You, the bassist goes by Bear Trap and the drummer, who is the only dude in the crew, answers to Pussy Slap.
“It’s just a name I chose,” laughs F You. “All of the names we chose fit in with the kind of era we try to encompass in the band. That Seventies revival music where people would take the piss with not only their music, but with the band names.”
Speaking of the Seventies, The Dollfins cite garage punk rockstars The Cramps as their only influence even though they admit to liking other bands.
“I love The Cramps because they kept on doing whatever they wanted to do and knew that they would do it until people caught on,” explains F You. “And Poison Ivy, who was the guitarist in The Cramps, just like I am a guitarist, is like a role model to me.”
In terms of crafting The Dollfins’ sound after what came from the Seventies, F You explains that “back then it was political and people rebelled against something. We don’t want the attitude of anarchy, but we do want to mirror the honesty in their expression of what they want to do.”
So is there a garage punk community in South Africa?
“There’s a big scene of that Nineties type of punk,” shares F You.
“We’re more garage punk and draw our influences from underground bands.
“So I guess that is emerging at the moment because there’s even bands like Black Lung. But garage punk is not just the music but a state of mind.”
When they aren’t recording music in the lounge or “any way we can”, F You and Pussy Slap make music as a part of the Beach Party band.
However, since The Dollfins are intent on riding their own wave right now, expect a new album, possibly also released on vinyl, in the new year. • Download The Dollfins’ album at www.soundcloud.com/ thedollfins
• Catch The Dollfins at Rocking The Daisies on the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling from October 3 to 6. Tickets are sold out except for the Sunday, and they are priced at R100 and will be available at the gate.