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Dande and The Lion “Children of the Hour”

(Artist Bio) | March 3, 2023
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Emerging Bristol/Sydney based indie pop-rock band – DANDE AND THE LION – release the official video for their new single “Children of the Hour”.

A song all about being playful in the moment and following the feeling, the band’s vibrant new single is accompanied by an official video directed by Kathy Luu.

Filmed in Chippendale, Sydney, the visuals offer an electrifying accompaniment that depict the highs and lows of an unpredictable relationship, alongside a darker subplot. As Luu explains:

“I wanted to capture the essence, movements and feelings of love and the passion of being alive — of being children of the hour. We are all main characters in our life movie: wading in so much magic, it sometimes takes loss or time passing for us to realize the beauty and joy we were living. All we can do is be brave, do our best and try and have as much fun as possible while we still can — who knows how and when this movie will end!”

A shimmering slice of synth-laden indie-pop that glints like a glitterball strung amongst the smoke on a hazy dancefloor, “Children of the Hour” was recorded by the band in their base of Sydney. Blending breezy indie-rock with bouncy electropop, the band cite a range of influences from Wolf Alice and Metric, to Cannons and The Naked & Famous, all of which fed into the DNA of “Children of the Hour”. Produced by Xavier Dunn and mixed/mastered by Klaus Hill, the resultant track is a mesmeric cut that sees ardent intimacies erupt into explosive, danceable choruses. As Dande And The Lion vocalist Natassa Zoe adds:

“”Children of the Hour” centres around the push and pull within an intimate relationship: the idea of meeting someone who takes you completely off-guard and shakes up your world in a totally unexpected way. So much so that you start creating excuses to see them and thinking about a future with them. But despite all of those feelings it never quite matches up: for whatever reason you’re both just out of touch.”

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Dande and The Lion are dual vocalists Natassa Zoe (guitar) and Abbey Gardner (synth), joined by Chris Gabriel (drums) and Nicholas Shea (bass). The Australian/UK indie pop-rock quartet have released an impressive string of singles to date including their most recent release “Harder to Breathe”, which gained national airplay in Australia and was featured by BBC Introducing in the UK.

Having amassed over 100,000 streams on Spotify and 200,000+ views on YouTube, previous releases “Cheap Choice” and “Higher Places” have also received high rotation on MTV. Earning a reputation for their artistic videos, “Cheap Choice” won Best Music Video at the London Film Awards, “Higher Places” gained a nomination for Best Music Video at Cannes Film Awards, and most recently “Harder to Breathe” (directed by the band’s own Natassa Zoe) was selected for the London Director Awards.

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