JW: Ollie and Angus – you’re brothers. How did you find the other band members?
Ollie: Two of us met working in a supermarket – thoroughly depressed and lacking direction – but sharing musical interest and playing in different bands. Both of those bands fell apart and we recovered TDOP from the ashes. Initially it started off just me and Angus, as a duo, putting a song out on New Year’s Day a few years ago.
Angus: That song got some blog traction so we got some more people in for the live band. We did our first gig four months after we put that first tune on Soundcloud.
JW: Did the gigging start in London or was it a wider UK thing?
A: When we started the band we said we were from London…
O: …because the band was living in various places around the country. I was based in Bournemouth, Angus in Plymouth, our bassist in Sheffield and our drummer in Brighton. We would all try to convene every few weeks so London made sense.
A: All our gigs tended to happen in London, as that’s where we would meet to rehearse.
JW: You once described your music as ‘jangle-gaze’. What is that and do you still identify with it?
A: I can’t remember who coined it but I thought it was a really good description. Someone said on one of the blogs our music was ‘jangle-gaze’ because it’s the jangly guitar sound of Johnny Marr and the Smiths mixed with a noisy shoe-gaze thing of the late 80’s / early 90’s. I thought it was a nice way to describe it, so we used that as our genre. There aren’t any other ‘jangle-gaze’ bands, apparently.
JW: What was the inspiration behind ‘Don’t Hang Around’, which is the soundtrack to our autumn film?
A: We wrote it really quickly. We were about to go to the shop to buy some lunch.
O: It was written on 30th December. We recorded the tune and shot the music video in one evening, and put it up on New Year’s Day. It was an exercise in songwriting more than anything. It happened really quickly and I think all the best songs don’t take very long. With this, everything just fell into place. It wasn’t over-baked. It was fresh.
JW: What can we expect from you next?
O: Now we’re working on our official debut album, it’s a little bit more coherent [than our previous work].
A: It’s less of a collection of singles and more like a body of work. If you get stuck waiting for physical releases, you’re in the cycle of having to record it, wait six months for when the label can actually release it and do another six months of touring to promote it. We prefer to just put something out – then you get instant validation as opposed to sitting on a song for a year and wondering if it’s any good. It’s better for people to listen then you know if it’s good or not and you can change the sound or get better.
JW: What kind of summer have you had? Were you doing festivals or was it recording?
O: I went to Wales this weekend. That’s about as much fun as we have. It’s not much fun being in a band! Mainly we’ve been sitting in various bedrooms – at mine in south London in Brockley and now we’re back in Dorset to mix the album. We’ve been driving ourselves slowly insane by listening to the same sections of song over and over again.
A: Mixing it.
O: Mixing, then tweaking.
A: The first single, Pain Is Needless, drops in September, the album comes out October/November and then we’ll probably tour it after that for the next few months.
O: We were lucky to go on a short tour in France a couple of months ago and it was loads of fun. We are really looking forward to getting out of our bedrooms!