Stepping off stage after their sold-out headline show at Glasgow’s SWG3 in March and straight into a nationwide lockdown, The Dunts model persevering, introspective optimism on the reassuring riff-driven new single ‘Individuation’, released on 11th December via 7 West Music.
Immortalised in animation by Tongue Twister Films, the accompanying music video plays out as a fresh, forgiving and uplifting stream of consciousness. A gentle reminder, inspired by the psychology of Jung, to everyone left exhausted by the arduous start to the new decade that they can overcome the Road of Trials in their own Hero’s Journey.
After the loss of live shows due to the pandemic, The Dunts’ plan to focus on recording their debut full-length were devastated by the closure of their longtime home at Lo-Fi Studios in Glasgow. Recorded at Chem 19 in Blantyre (Franz Ferdinand, The Twilight Sad, Calvin Harris) by Chris Marshall (Gerry Cinnamon, Spyres, Baby Strange), Colin McGachy explains how the new single came to be:
“Individuation is a counter to what we’re all feeling right now. It comes from trying to help yourself and kinda turned out as a kinda-self help thing for me, I had to will myself to feel better. It was written before COVID, I was reading through all these psychological books, trying to put these things into practice. You don’t even really need to know what ‘Individuation’ is specifically but this might relate to someone who feels like their plans, their dreams have been derailed this year. We wanted to try and make something that had this positive energy to it.”
“When the opportunity to test out the new studio came, that’s when we thought about releasing something before the end of the year.” Rab Smith explains: “It would be easy to completely let everything that’s happened this year bury you. Individuation is a message to say ‘Don’t let this ruin you. Focus on what you can control, if you cannae, don’t sweat it and keep going.”
Plans to record The Dunts first album are back in action with recording dates pencilled in for the New Year (providing tougher COVID restrictions aren’t restored in January). The follow up to beloved EPs ‘Not Working Is Class’ and ‘Self-Proclaimed Council Punk’ ushers in a new direction for the award-winning Glaswegian group. With support from the likes of NME, STV, CLASH, Gigwise, and tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Radio X’s John Kennedy and BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway, The Dunts are poised to make up for lost time in 2021.