Darlington’s darkwave/gothic-electro pair, The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens, is truly one of a kind. Consisting of the incredibly talented David Saunders and Rob Irish, there’s no other sound quite like them currently on the local scene. Their music conceptualises the legacy of Charles Dickens’ wastrel brother, taking tales full of darkness and despair and relating them to modern day society.
A date has been made for the release of upcoming single ‘Privilege’, a song that strays away from their darker, earlier music as well as starting a deviation from the concept of Charles Dickens’ brother and, instead, focussing on timeless themes and their own lives while making reference to the past.
Samantha Hall speaks to David Saunders about ‘Privilege’, as well as a little bit about the future.
So you’re set to release your new single…can you tell us a bit about it?
It’s called ‘Privilege’ and it’s a song about just that, albeit through the eyes of someone from privilege. It looks at the conflict of wanting egalitarianism whilst not acknowledging the role of inherent advantages in leading a successful life. It’s released via Butterfly Effect records and is available from iTunes, Spotify and all the other online streaming/download sites.
Has it got a similar sound to your previous music?
It does in the sense that it has my baritone voice as well as Rob’s distinctive playing and production style. However, this single is much more contemporary sounding than our past releases. Whereas the last EP had a very classical feel with industrial sounding samples, this has a more synth-driven sound, albeit with a few classical elements to it.
Are there any other artists that inspired you when you created it?
I’ve been listening to a load of 80’s synth-pop from the likes of Soft Cell, Ultravox and Bronski Beat which has probably influenced the tone. Rob loves film/computer game/TV scores and there’s definitely a Stranger Things vibe to this.
Are there any plans to release more music after this?
We do indeed. We’re hoping (I say ‘hoping’ as we had planned to release stuff last year but life got in the way) to get another single out later in the year. Both this single and the other one will feature in our upcoming EP which we’ll release in November.
Have you got any gigs coming up soon?
We’re playing Stockton Calling as well as a few other dates we’ve yet to announce. We’ll definitely be doing a show on the day of the single release but I’m waiting on confirmation on a venue in Darlington that’s a little different. Follow us on social media to find out more.
The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens can be found on facebook.com/theblacksheepfrederickdickens, on Twitter @TBSFD and soundcloud.com/tbs-frederick-dickens. ‘Privilege’ will be released on Saturday 28th April.