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Dulcie
Dulcie

We all know that meeting new people can often be somewhat of an intimidating experience, even more so when those people are conquering the airwaves and garnering a rather large online following. However, within a few seconds of conversation, Leederville’s Greens & Co served as the all too familiar meet up point for friends wanting to catch up over a cup of coffee. Which was all thanks to the four women present, because as people Dulcie make you feel warm, welcome and full of love and that is exactly what their music does too.

Professionalism fine-tuned artistic ability and chemistry that you usually only see deep into the career of any musical troupe is clearly already prominent in the Dulcie camp. If they can achieve such amazing things over one year just imagine where the next 12 months is going to take them.

This was confirmed when their track, ‘Fall’, was put on heavy rotation at Triple J and copped a stream of positive feedback on their Unearthed page.  But it’s difficult for a band to know how their music will be received. Drummer, Madison Hanley, revealed that “It’s kind of tricky to perceive how other people experience your music. I guess we hear our songs and us play every single time like on the worst days, on the best days, we’ve heard our songs sound every single way that they can. I just can’t believe that there’s people out there that hear us for the first time as that final product on the radio, for us that’s the end result of a super long process.”

Super long processes have also seen Dulcie complete a huge national tour alongside fellow local stars Great Gable, perform at Bunbury’s Groovin’ the Moo and will again see them journey to the east coast over June/July in support of Sydney duo Polish Club. They are represented by PR company Across the Road and have managed to snag a signing with Select Music, sharing the roster with Skeggs, Stella Donnelly and plenty more fantastic artists. And all in just a year of existence.  It is clear that there is absolutely no sign of them slowing down and they are very quickly riding the ever-growing, Australian indie rock wave of success.

One of Dulcie’s uniqueness’s is the sharing of vocal duties across Saskia Brittain (guitar/vocals), Timieka Denton (Bass/Vocals) and Ashleigh Carr-White (Keys/Vocals).  This dynamic keeps the listener intrigued and wondering, who is going to front the bands next track? Carr-White leads vocals on ‘Fall’, whilst Denton fronts ‘Poison Mind’ and their upcoming track ‘Own Ground’, which will be released on 31 May, sees Brittain taking the reins. “It’s scary and exciting, it’s almost like we’re launching a whole new band, it’s quite a different vibe. So, putting this out, there’s no guarantee that the same people who liked the previous tracks will like this one,” said drummer Hanley.

Having such an array of individual creativity might be hard for a band to balance but Brittain gives us an insight into how Dulcie have managed this “Everyone’s input is valid, some of us write lyrics and we’ll bring them into jam and there’s never a no that’s not good, it’s always like yeah cool what can we do with that. We’ll have a sit down and be like what chord haven’t we played? Then we’ll start off with that one. Carr-White adds “That is exactly how we wrote the upcoming track with Sas on vocals, we just picked a chord and based the song around that one.”

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Forming mid 2018 whilst they were all studying at WAAPA, with the final instalment of the line-up found through bassist Denton, who reveals she only picked up the instrument at the request of the other members “I played a little bit at WAAPA but I hardly knew anything, I didn’t know notes on the bass and then the girls were like ‘Meeks we need a bass player can you just give it a try it’d be sick and now I love it” says Denton.

Professionalism fine-tuned artistic ability and chemistry that you usually only see deep into the career of any musical troupe is clearly already prominent in the Dulcie camp. If they can achieve such amazing things over one year just imagine where the next 12 months is going to take them.

Is there such a thing as a ‘Next Big Thing’ any more in this age of instant celebrity and manufactured pop stars?  We here at Around The Sound would like to think that there is and, we’ll go one further, readers, you should put Dulcie on your watchlist.

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