Louder Than War Interview: Dexters

Photo © Hayley Taylor

East London 5-piece, Dexters, have just announced the release of their debut album, Shimmer Gold, out March 17th on Acid Jazz Records. A perfect time then for Hayley Taylor to find out more about them via the medium of an emailed q ‘n’ a.

Dexters play infectious indie-rock with strong anthemic choruses and a raw melodic charm. They draw inspiration from the likes of The La’s, The Libertines, Black Lips and The Strokes and they’ve supported The Courteeners, Miles Kane, The View and Glasvegas on UK tours. They reckon the time is right for them to break out and that the’re the  band that people have been waiting for. Louder Than War photographer and occasional scribe Hayley Taylor agrees and wanted to find out more about them so sent some questions to them via their PR.

Tell us the brief background of the band. Formation / sounds / influences…

We are a bunch of mates from east London that love guitars.  Loads of influences but the main ones would have to be The Clash, The La’s, The Strokes, The Jam, Kinks and The Who.

What’s the first song you ever remember hearing?

Not too sure.  My old man is well into his blues and would always have stuff playing so it would probably have been someone like Big Bill Broonzy or John Lee Hooker.  He loved The Who and all.  I got well into them when I was young, and still love them now.

You’re about to go on tour, tell us why we should come along and see you.

‘Cos we will tear up the stage, leave a bucket of sweat up there and make you wanna jump around like a nutter!

If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing?

Full time dreamer. Haha….Spinal Tap reference.

Who writes the songs?  What are they about; love, loss, life?  How do they happen?

They’re about all of the above and more.  Anything and everything.  I will write the songs then bring them to the boys and let them put their magic to them.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life – what would it be?

Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection

What’s your opinion on the music industry and downloading music online?

Downloading of tunes is cool, I do that a fair bit but if it’s a band or artist I really like then I’ll buy the CD or vinyl.  The industry is a mess, not a lot of the people in charge are taking risks anymore so we have a lot of the same bland shit coming through.

What advice would you give to new bands?

There’s too many puppets out there, so do it your way even if it’s the hard way.

What are you backstage demands? What’s on your rider?

Haha no demands, just a few sandwiches and lots of booze and we are well happy.

If you had to date a member of the band, who would it be and why?

Nah I’m alright thanks.

What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done for the band?

This lovely girl, Yoshiko Yamaba, flew all the way over from Tokyo to watch us play 2 gigs in Liverpool and Manchester.  If that ain’t crazy enough she came bearing gifts…we now all have our own Dexters Kit Kats, she works for Nestle!  Best fan ever. Needless to say, she’s got guest-list for life…as long as she keeps the Kit Kats rolling!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Don’t have much spare time.  If we ain’t gigging or rehearsing I’m writing new stuff.  We’ll go and watch other bands we like whenever we can.  We saw BRMC recently and were blown away, amazing band. Another new band to watch out for are Arthur Gun, they’re supporting us at The London Garage (April 5th) and are brilliant.  Proper psychedelic wild west rock ‘n’ roll.


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All questions and photos on this page by Hayley Taylor. More writing and photos by Hayley on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive.

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