Pop music’s retro renaissance is here, and up-and-coming indietronica act Dual takes their place in the revival. Their new single Running Around My Head is a pure slice of neo-psychedelic perfection.
Both nostalgic and deliciously fresh, the Kiwi duo bring eclectic artists like Tame Impala, Primal Scream, The Chemical Brothers and Jamiroquai to mind, while simultaneously creating their own unique flavor.
It’s not often you find a band who completely surprise you. As soon as we heard Dual’s Running Around My Head, we had to know more.
So who are Dual? Dual’s name is no accident, their sound is a dynamic duality of raw electric riffs courtesy of guitarist Jamie Pyne, colliding with noughtie electronic influences and an incredible vocal range thanks to lead singer Maurice Miller.
Maurice has a classically trained vocal background, and some of the notes he reaches are so high you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an effect. Can confirm it’s not.
Formed in Auckland with only a handful of rough song ideas up their sleeves, Dual debuted at a house party. Their synergy was so palpable, festivals and shows have been knocking ever since.
They’ve performed at Rhythm & Vines, Rhythm & Alps and the iconic dance and arts fest Splore, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Over the last few years Dual have built a reputation in the underground gig scene for bringing dancefloors to life with their lush live-shows - complete with hallucinatory visuals and enough energy to power a rural town.
“We’re completely in the moment and everybody is sharing this experience together,” says Jamie while reflecting over their bouncy live shows.
“Playing live for us is what it’s all about,” Maurice reflects. “When we play live, it's our only time we get to share. Aside from that it’s really just Jamie and I in a room. There’s really no other feeling like playing your music live on stage.”
Their music combines their fervent energy with tumultuous and relatable lyrics.
That relatability is evident in their new kaleidoscopic single Running Around My Head, a track that tackles frustrating relationship conflict and the knee-jerk reaction to run away.
Maurice feverishly explains, “Sleepless nights & overthinking. You can’t stay but you can’t go. The sunny side of road trips, the imagination of greener grass anchored down by true love. The cycle continues until it doesn’t...”
We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for this duo. Dual are certainly ones to watch.