I think I was about 13 or 14 when I discovered the ‘carry on’ films. I remember, I think maybe my mother was working late, and I happened upon it. I think in those simple days of four channels you could still find a good ‘carry on’ most nights, if you looked hard enough (altogether now oh! matron) I cannot impress upon you enough how hilarious I found this. The whole Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Hattie Jacques constant double entendre’s I couldn’t get enough of (consequence of a sheltered upbringing maybe) and from that point on I actively sought them out, which wasn’t difficult.
Dick Diver, the Melbourne quartet whose new album drops on March 16th on Chapter Music, have a brand new single ‘Water Damage’ out to proceed it. It’s a beautiful girl/boy slice of c86-ish indiepop, that draws you in, and seems to force this kind of wistful, almost misty-eyed look in your eye/slight smile without you even noticing. Its…endearing music. A little vignette set in an everyday situation, watching a movie, hanging out ‘that’s his….what’s his name?’ every moment of this, including the little moment of bass solo in the middle, smacks of a hazy day in….well, Melbourne probably.
It’s likely that Dick Diver are named more after the anti-hero in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last novel ‘Tender is the night’, the story of a promising young psychoanalyst and his wife, Nicole, who is also one of his patients. It’s a tale of murder, suspense, marriage for money. So in reality the name is much like the group. It’s easy to dismiss them based on it, but a closer examination reveals something more beautiful and complicated than you might have imagined.
You can get the single on download now, for virtually nothing. Its here