Dolfinz: ‘We Played To Two Hooligans In Camden Who Just Insulted Us’

The Stonehaven two-piece talk missing cats and nightmare gigs.



Things are going swimmingly for Stonehaven two-piece Dolfinz. They made the most effortlessly hard-hitting, heart-hitting pop of last summer, all about making eyes at a cheerleader and making out behind soccer courts. But don’t let the sunny ecstasy of the music deceive you; Dolfinz derive not from a US college in a chick-flick, but the Scottish seaside town of Stonehaven.

Their new single ‘Mean Girls’ is irresistible. It conjures up the image of Dolfinz waking up in a pile of duvets, leaning over and plugging in to record before they’ve got within a coffee-sniff of the day. Needless to say - in the case of any other band - the result would be awful; with Dolfinz, it only makes the whole thing feel more endearing and real.

With ‘Mean Girls’ due for release on Cath Records in the coming weeks, DIY quizzed Jordan, one half of Dolfinz, on the theme of the movie.

Well, sort of.

Who are Dolfinz and how did you meet?
We’re two boys from Stonehaven, a little cute seaside town in Scotland. I think we first met at a party at my friend Sarah’s house, before this weird hippy festival in a town called Bervie, which kids from Stonehaven go to because they can drink and make out and get in fights. I was pissed at him because he stole one of my beers.

In the true spirit of Mean Girls, what crowd were you in at high school?
Em I guess, I was in the Mean Boys crowd? We hung out with girls alarmingly similar to ‘The Plastics’, anyway. Gav was in the year above me and hung out with ‘the moshers / skaters’, so we were pretty much polar opposites back in school.

What’s the meanest thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve done kind of a lot of mean things, which I shouldn’t have. I don’t think Gav has done anything mean or remotely cruel to anyone ever, he’s lovely.

You’ve been touring relentlessly over the past few months. What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you on tour?
The whole touring thing has been weird in itself, it’s been fairly non-stop so it all tends to fade into a big mess of select memories. I guess the first time we played London was weird, or just depressing… Basically we ended up headlining, which was dumb in itself. We played to two beefy hooligan types, in some shit-hole in Camden (worst place in the world), they were running around the room and just insulting us and screaming, it was just the worst. Even the sound guy left.

If you could be in any other band for the day who would it be?
Maybe… The Rolling Stones? They were just my favourite band when i was young, and it would be insane to be on that level. As for Gav, Slipknot, no doubt, he even has the Joey Jordison signature snare. Represent.

Outside the music, what do you like to do to pass the time?
We study, and work, and look forward to the next thing in our schedule. Right now it’s our next tour, we’re counting down the days. Everything else seems kind of pointless and dull now we’ve got a taste of being really active with regards to music.

Seeing as we’ve just had Valentine’s day, who’s been your most embarrassing crush?
I don’t really have any embarrassing crushes, I had a crush on a girl at work a while ago, for like, ever. A crush where a girl doesn’t know you have a crush and you do is kind of funny, it’s all awkward, but sweet too.

When and where can we see you live?
We’ll be announcing a March tour in the next couple of weeks, keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Aside from the obvious, what’s your favourite animal?
For me it’s dogs. Gav loves cats. His cat is missing right now, if you’re reading this Mika, come home, we aren’t mad at you.

Check out Dolfinz’ video for ‘Mean Girls’ below.