Fun-loving Australian-folk duo the Pierce Brothers have gifted us with their second release for 2020 and we are grinning from ear to ear!
The brothers’ extended hiatus from the touring circuit to focus on creating new material has definitely paid off as they deliver 'Dentist', a vulnerable indie-folk track written during the first lockdown of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Succeeding 'Kanko', the duos' first release for the year, 'Dentist' sees the brothers strive for a more profound sound alongside pensive lyrics, in order to enact a powerful portrayal of the tumultuous times we have all been facing.
“After Kanko, we wanted to explore a deeper sound, and bring some harmonica back into the studio, which is something our recordings have been missing,” Jack Pierce says about the single.
“This song was written during the first lockdown earlier in the year. I really wanted to step up my writing so, along with a friend of mine, I started doing a writing exercise every night. This song came out of one of those exercises. The word was Dentist. What flowed out was a reflection on the vulnerability we feel when things are out of our control and we don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s what the song is ultimately about, vulnerability. The dentist part is just a word.”
Produced by Jan Skubizeski (John Butler, The Cat Empire), mixed by Phil Threfall (Illy, Ed Sheeran), and mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering (The Teskey Brothers, The Cat Empire), 'Dentist' has the brothers staying true to their Aussie-folk roots, with smooth, calming folk hooks that invite you to lose yourself, quiet the chaos in your mind and focus solely on the relatable yet emotional lyrics.
'Dentist' will resonate with fans of The Teskey Brothers and Paul Kelly but for those of us already hooked on the Pierce Brothers' raw, uplifting sound, the sprinkling of Jack and Pat’s classic harmonies and soothing harmonica breaks will hit you right in the feels.
A very fitting performance-based video for 'Dentist' has also been released, filmed in Jack’s living room with friend and collaborator Carl Allison on the last day before the Stage Four lockdown came into effect in Melbourne.
“In the time of COVID there is not a whole lot we’ve been able to do shoot-wise. We couldn’t get locations, or extras, or even a real crew, so we had to improvise,” Pat Pierce recalls.
“Carl and I have worked together on lots of projects before, and we have been talking for a while about teaming up again. It was great just getting back into filming beautiful scenes again and it seems fitting to have the clip be representative of this place in time. We included photos of our friends and family we’re missing to reflect the fact we were, in fact, stuck at home.
Both 'Kanko' and 'Dentist' are part of a larger body of work being released throughout the rest of 2020 and early 2021. After dealing with disrupted tour plans all year, Jack and Pat Pierce are looking forward to rolling out their new songs over the summer, which will keep the rest of us tied-over until we can finally see the boys in their element, performing live once again.