Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
At Oran Mor
Daring, dynamic and devastating–West Lothian’s Dictator aren’t here to mess about, at least when it comes to creating non–stop indie–pop anthems anyway.
Stepping out of their shell with a substantial stomp in their stride, the four–piece–consisting of vocalist Michael Campbell, guitarist Zach Tarimo Goodhur, bassist Joe Murty, and drummer Allan Ramsay–refuse to be pigeon holed, as they emphatically strut through a sonic landscape of inventive indie licks, electrifying electronics, and perfectly prodigious pop grooves.
Forming as a group of musicians from similar circuits simply seeking solace in jam sessions, what first blossomed in a small studio room represented recreational creative release, before blooming into a band of boundary–bulldozers producing colossal sing–alongs for the masses. With inspiration drawn from fellow genre–defiers: Gorrilaz, Glass Animals and Alt–J among others, Dictator’s musical boundaries know no limits–instead conveying their collectively charismatic personalities via the medium of originality and experimentation and channelled through a series of sumptuous synths, bone–shaking basslines, brash beats and playful–cum–tender lyricism.
Make no mistake, everything you hear is intentional, dictating notes to their needs purposefully to deliver euphoric, upbeat choruses with just a dollop of heartbreak in between.