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Let's take it back from the beginning, the band's roots started off in 2002, right? Yes that's right. Do you miss the old days when The Dials weren't as known as they are now? No I don't it's actually nice having people hearing what you do, to be honest being obscure is fine, but everybody, if you're a musician wants to get people to hear your music, so the more people that hear it the better, I got no problems with that at all. To be honest it's still at a scale where we can meet people and people can get in touch, we're not selling out arenas or stadiums, we have got more people, but it's still at a scale where we can keep in touch with our fans, it's not grown beyond that, and I'm happy about that. And how has life changed from what it was then to what it is now? I suppose the best thing about it is recognition, it's kinda nice you make music because you have to make music, musicians don't have a choice about it, it's just in the DNA. But what is nice about having achieved a certain amount of success, is that you have people that you really, really respect, who kinda like put you alongside the artist that you respect and that means a whole lot, it's a critical thing it means alot, I mean it's very easy to say that it is unimportant, but actually it really is, it is important. The new album That Was The Future, sounds great, so did the LP get you a lot of female attention? To be honest we're probably not that kind of a band, but we do have the kinda people who listen to us, are kinda like music obsessives, we're not kinda like that pop starry celebrity status, we're more kinda culty, so the people who listen to us are more about that than anything else. Talk us through the exciting concept for the music video 'Cuckoo Stone'? The idea came from someone who we got to know from coming to our gigs, a guy called Neil, who is absolutely excellent, and he makes films, and he's done a whole bunch of stuff. He was involved with editing Trainspotting and a bunch of Danny Boyle films, so he's really, really good at what he does, but at the same time he understands this is a band, so it's someone who's brought our records over the years, someone who's seen us play a lot of times. So he kinda came up with this concept, and it just really, really worked, some of the things we normally don't allow is people to put much input into our creative output, but he really understood it and he completely nailed it, and we had a long conversation with him down the pub as it happens, about what the song was about, and what we wanted to achieve with it. He really, really got that, and yeah I just think it worked out really well. So what has been your career highlight so far? I'll tell you what, what was a really, big thing is when you hear yourself on national radio for the first time, and we've had quite a lot of that, but the first time that happened, I remember thinking actually this feels really, really good. The first national radio play we got, was on Radio 2. I remember thinking, that around the country now there are probably well over a million people listening to our music, and that was a really big thrill, because we have gotten a lot of radio play since then, but I certainly remember that first moment. The Dials have also worked with producer Ben Zachary - how did that impact the album? He brought a whole lot, I mean Ben's the first producer we've ever allowed a creative input on the record, so Ben's been working for years with some really big artists, like Nick Cage and people who we really, really respect, other people include John Martin and people like that. He came along and made some suggestions that we thought really, really worked. We got some nice textures and colours, and we thought actually you know what he gets it, he really, really gets it. So for the first time ever we thought, we're gonna let the producer have a bit more control than we would normally give. And that really worked. I think it's actually come out more cinematic than it would have done. He came up with textures, sounds, and effects that we wouldn't have thought of without him. What would you fill a swimming pool with if it could be anything? I would fill a swimming pool with all the people in the world, that I love. What's next? So what we're doing is planning a bunch of shows for next year, we've got a few festivals lined up, can't talk about them yet, they're kind of confirmed but I'm not allowed to say anything about them yet. But we're also thinking about releasing like an EP of stuff we've recorded over the years, that we haven't released, a bit like out- takes and stuff which has never made it to the records cos it never felt like it fitted. So we might do something with that next year, then we'll think about recording the next record. 2017 / ISSUE 105 INDIE 45 The Dials awaited album That Was The Future has finally landed. The bands weird and wonderful mix of psychedelic, country, and rock sound has made for quite a cult following. That Was The Future is no exception to this and the bands creative and inventive nature. Guestlist had a chat with band member Dermot about the Dial's new album, his near-death experience, recording mishaps and how life's changed for the retro foursome. " YOU HAVE TO MAKE MUSIC, MUSICIANS DON'T HAVE A CHOICE ABOUT IT, IT'S JUST IN THE DNA " follow @thedials Claudia Rivas | Guestlist INTERVIEW: THE DIALS

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