Sitting down to chat with Dune Rats at Festival Of The Sun was bound to be loose. Did I expect to laugh hysterically for twenty minutes? Maybe. Did I expect to receive the recipe for the perfect mineral water? Hell nah. But that's the kind of perfectly random detour the interview took from time to time.
Danny Beausa (lead vocals/guitar) and BC Michaels (drums) started Dune Rats together, before joining forces with The Bleeding Knees Club's Brett Jansch (bass) to create tracks like Scott Green and Dalai Lama Big Banana Marijuana. Yeah, they're all about keeping it *chill* and such.
When the boys took to the stage after our chat, they brought boys onstage for shoeys, yelled about pingers and marijuana to cheering fans, and kept the crowd hyped from the first beat of the drum to the last bang of their heads. At one point, Danny offered $50 to any punter who could hit Brett with a tinnie. It's that kind of undeniable larrikin charm which makes Dune Rats so intriguing.
They're a chilled out, piss-taking, joke-making gang of boys who are here for a good time, and damn it if they weren't some of the funniest people I've ever spoken to.
Here's how my chat with BC and Brett went down over the weekend...
We're here today at Festival Of The Sun, so what are the Dune Rats top tips for surviving a festival?
BC: Slip, slop, slap.
Brett: Hat, sunscreen. Mineral water, with some ice, heaps of lemon, lime and a straw. If you bite the straw while you sip it, you get a better flow (Editors note: it tasted pretty good tbh. Straw thing gets a solid 8/10).
Do you have any sneaky festival talents? Like, how speedy can you get a tent setup?
BC: We’re bloody horribly at putting up tents. I feel like we always get there, and the suns going down, and we’re stressed out, and we’re just like yelling “get the tent pegs.”
Brett: Just cruise with it. Just make it and leave it there, go and enjoy the day! I hear it’s pretty mental where everyone is camping today... I woke up on my mum's couch on top of the hill there.
Are you getting keen to perform today?
BC: An hour! A fucking hour set. Who wants to see us for a fucking hour?
Probably your fans, hey?
BC: Nah not for an hour.
Brett: I reckon it’s gonna be like 28 minutes in, and that will be their first like “wanna go get a beer stewo?” An hour, fuck!
BC: I don’t wanna see anyone for an hour. Do you? Do you wanna see any band for an hour though? Nah, get a beer. Go home.
Brett: We might have to chuck a couple of oldies in there, you know, keep it going.
BC: My dad’s always honest, and my last hour show he’s like “you shouldn’t play for an hour.”
Are you looking forward to watching the other acts, even if they go for an hour?
BC: Yeah Luca Brasi, Dumb Punts.
Brett: Big time with Dumb Punts, and Luca Brasi are longtime mates as well. Today’s actually fucking rad. There are times where this sort of shit happens and everyone ends up in the same place at the same time and it’s kind of like a hooh hah.
Do you have a favourite memory from one of your tours?
Brett: Jimmy D has got a Kings Of Leon tattoo, Jimmy D from Dumb Punts. That’s not a regrettable purchase.
BC: One time we were in Manchester, me and Brett had a few beers one night, and for some reason I just kept yelling out “soup in a suit.” So then I ended up buying a suit in an op-shop for 5 pounds and getting a soup - cause we were playing at this place called the soup kitchen - and I yelled out “soup in a suit” and went for an uber drive.
Brett: Do you know what I fully forgot? When you found money in the pillow at that joint.
BC: YEAH! That’s a good memory. In my pillow I found all this money...
What kind of money are we talking here?
BC: Like, $37 bucks (high-five's Brett). But fuck that makes your day! I might leave money in someone else’s pillow case, because it’s not about the money, it’s about getting a raw deal.
The Red Light Green Light video clip of Danny and BC smoking bongs was certainly a bit out there, has there been any idea that you thought was too risky or too silly?
BC: We had an idea once that was like, jumping out of a window onto a Double Decker bus in Dublin, Ireland. And we were gonna film it but then we thought "that’s just fucking stupid."
Brett: Just hearing that idea now, so silly. We also wanted to play to penguins in Antarctica, cause we thought penguins were hell big.
BC: Yeah we were gonna dress up in tuxedos and play to penguins in Antarctica, but we couldn’t afford it.
I’d like to see that to be honest… would you go to the Zoo and do it?
Brett: YEAH! We could just do it at the Zoo.
BC: Nah, it has to be Antarctica.
Your most recent track was Scott Green, which is just the phrase "Who's Got Green?" turned into a tune. Does that happen often for you?
BC: It did on this last album, yeah!
Brett: Dalai Lama used to be called 200 Grams Of Sliced Deli Lama. I spelt it wrong and they made fun of me.
You've been in bands since you were teenagers, does it ever get old?
BC: Nah it’s pretty sick.
Brett: *picks up a stick* When you find bookabar like this on the ground, your day can’t get better. Nah it’s sick in Australia, fuck yeah. Yeah.
BC: What else are we gonna do? Like, start a fishing company.
Yeah you could go out, find a normal or boring job...
BC: I studied property economics for six months and wasn’t feeling it.
Brett: I did one class of green-keepers TAFE. I failed. I went to one class. Working on a golf course would probably been pretty chill though.
Not as exciting as being in a band though...
Brett: Nah apparently riding a ride-on-mower is super fun and like, good for the soul. Just you and the machine, go for a mow.
BC: Go for a mow! That’s a fucking slogan you can set your watch to.
Have you ever had a "yes, we've made it" moment?
BC: Mate I still live with my parents, so nah.
Brett: Two out of three poo their pants in our band and not just at festivals, it's like a weekly occurrence.
BC: Go for a fart and “oh shit”… literally.
So what's next then?
BC: Same shit. Play some shows, got an album (The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit) coming out in Feb.
Brett: Albums ready to flare out, it’s actually fully finished and shit now. Just do videos and shit like that.
We've seen you posting in the lead up to Triple J Hottest 100...
Brett: Yeah we’re the Kings of the Hottest 200.
BC: Got 194 one year, got 131 another year.
Do we think this is the year then, with Scott Green?
BC: Probably get 101 or something.
Brett: I’d rather Triple J just extend it to Hottest 200 and then we’re sweet.
BC: And then we’re sorted.
Seriously, absolute legends.
In case you missed it, the boys dropped their Scott Green video clip this week and it's certainly worth the watch. Check it out here: