DIP started back in around 1998 when Scott (drums) and Daz (vocals/guitar) who are brothers decided to get a new band together. I found out people in the U.S. don't use the name Daz as short for Darren, right? They'd played in bands together for years such as Warpdrive and Moonhead. They hooked up with Craig who had played in The Steam Kittens for a few years and DIP was created. Craig got his friend Dean to play bass and that was the first lineup. They did a bunch of gigs and recorded the first EP, Cheapo Plastic Prize. Dean left soon after and that's when I joined on bass in summer 2000. I'd known the band for a while and really liked the stuff. I originally only joined as a temporary fill in but I've been there ever since! The name comes from a factory that was in Scott's town called Domestic Imperial Pushings or DIP for short. The guys who worked there used to bring home these DIP stickers for their kids to put on their bikes. The name now doesn't really stand for anything, we change it for any time someone asks.
Who are some of your musical influences?
There's so many influences flying around. We're always listening to lots of new stuff but as for bands that have influenced us, then we all have different ones. With me it's lots of hard rock/glam bands like Poison, KISS, Van Halen, Extreme and Danger Danger. I also really love bands like the Goo Goo Dolls and Everclear. I can't speak for the others but I know Daz really loves AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Van Halen. Scott is big on Faith No More, and Craig loves stuff like Pink Floyd and Zeppelin.
You guys released Gizzagoo. Tell us a little about this fun, humorous CD.
Gizzagoo was released in November of 2002 and we recorded it at The Foundry in Chesterfield UK. The title comes from when you are a kid and someone brings their new toy to school and everyone's saying 'Gizzagoo' (give me a go with it!). I think it's a little more varied than the debut CD and shows the more quirky and dark side of the band. The response was really positive and it's opened up a few doors for us.
Do you have any new material in the works?
We're quite slow at writing stuff really, probably because we do quite a lot of gigs which take up our time. Lately though there's been quite a few new songs flying around. Some of the new songs are "Eat Your Words", "Ka-Zy-Att", "Wired", and "Clipboarder". We hope to go back into the studio in the first part of next year and start work on a full album.
Who does most of the lyrical writing?
Daz does 99 percent of the lyrics. He has a really neat way of looking at stuff and putting it down on paper. When you speak to him he's really quiet but there's some mad stuff going off inside his head!
I see that you opened a show for Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rockstars. How did that show go?
That was really cool. I love their album so much, so getting the chance to open for them and have them watch us play and say cool things about the band was awesome. We got to do three shows with them and it was a real pleasure. I'd love to do a full tour. I think our stuff works well against hard rock and glam music. It's quite a contrast but people can pick up on the influences and get off on the energy and it makes a change from your regular support act.
Do you have any new gigs planned?
We're supporting Crash Kelly from Canada in a couple weeks. They're on the same label as Robin Black and Killer Ky (Robin Black's guitarist) plays bass for them. We did a gig with them back in September on their first UK tour. They're a real raw rock and roll band. We hope to do a full tour in March and after that I'd really like to look into coming over to the U.S. to play, even if it's just a couple of shows - that would be a dream come true!
What do you see in DIP's future?
We just love to play live, so I think 2004 will be more gigs hopefully further afield and then it's get the new album written and recorded.
Tell us one of your funniest experiences while doing a gig.
I think some of the stuff we find funny would go right over people's heads. W e find the most ridiculous stuff hilarious! Some of the stuff Craig comes out with during songs are priceless. He's like a coiled string that just lets loose when he starts playing. I'd love to get some of it on video or CD at some point but you never know when it's going to happen.
Any other ideas or thoughts?
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