Behind the Track

Behind The Track: Askers Dodge – Be Mine

20th February 2019

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Berlin-based heavy-indie quartet Askers Dodge have just released Be Mine – a punchy comeback to their 2017 EP ‘What The Hell Is Askers Dodge?’. Drawing inspiration from classic gothic literature, this thoroughly international group finds inspiration in artists like Leonard Cohen, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes. We spoke with them regarding the motivation behind this new track.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION/IS THERE A STORY BEHIND THE TRACK?

It was born out of a question I asked myself: what if Dracula wrote a love song in the modern age? I’d like to think that Dracula likes a bit of rock ‘n’ roll, as I do, and as soon as you throw in a few vampiric lines you start to think what the real issue in Dracula’s life is. Is he misunderstood? A horrible pervert? Sensitive even? Who knows? But there’s something complex to try and relate my own experiences to within this character.

WHAT DID YOUR PROCESS INVOLVE?

It sort of started at the bass groove, actually, and then I tried new things over a demo I made in Ableton. I wanted something quite different to what was expected of us, so I was keen to push the backing vocals right to the front and have them as an integral part of the lyrics. This was the bulk of the process before rehearsals – trying to get some creepy balance that might stand out as a hook. Then as soon as we hit rehearsals, it was one of those songs that just hit the sweet spot where we understood the point. Big credit to Pètur (guitar) and Toto (drums) for developing the pushes in the groove, along with the bridge section. This helped us reach the balance of awkward and dark daintiness that had been my overarching theme all along.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LINE/SECTION OF THE SONG?

It’s either one I stole from David Bowie: “Nobody down here can do it for me” or “I’ll drink right through your Marlboro smokescreen” just because I’m pleased with the imagery. The bridge going into the last chorus always sends me somewhere too.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS?

‘Crazed hammer sweeties’.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT BIMM BERLIN?

Everyone else who’s studying at BIMM! There isn’t a day that passes where I’ve not felt lucky to be put in a classroom of people far more talented than I am. It’s really incredible. We all push each other, whether we admit it or not, in various ways. The star tutors really strike the right balance in coaxing this out of us at times too, but I feel the best tutors aren’t lecturing but facilitating these immensely interesting relationships between the students.

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Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen is a Berlin based writer, translator, and BIMM Bristol graduate currently acting as music editor for Indie Berlin. She has an MA in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University and works in management at independent Kreuzberg label Mesanic Music.