Taking their name from the main protagonist in Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender is the Night’, Dick Diver or Dick Diver (tailor intonation to suit individual preferences or mood) are a Melbourne four-piece who make low-slung, eeked-out, widescreen indie – undeniably Antipodean in the kind of sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery mantra it expels – with Hawaiian lilts and dissonant, unmistakeably Aussie male vocals.
‘Flying Tea Towel Blues’ is a slow-burning meander through the heat scorched outback, ‘Interstate Forever’ is a jangle all the way (with the windows down) road trip with Pavement in the backseat. ‘On The Bank’ points a finger towards the Dunedin Sound of the 80s – with female vocals adding that storied dichotomy to the mix — and final album track ‘Head Back’ is tempered with harmonica, tying up any lose country ends.
All in all, ‘New Start Again’ – their debut LP which came out last year on Chapter Music (so I’ve come a bit late to the party) – fans out balmy gusts of air which will never get stale.
You can stream the whole album here: http://soundcloud.com/dickdiver/sets/dick-diver-new-start-again/