It doesn’t feel like Tieranniesaur have checked out of the party completely, it just feels like they went to the off-licence and never came back, probably charming another room full of sweaty revellers with their incessant melody pop and forgetting that we’re all still waiting. Thankfully they’ve found their way back, two years down the road and we’ve all changed a bit. Gone is the direct pop-mallet smashing of the debut to be replaced by a more thoughtful, considered affair. Don’t worry though, DIYSCO is not a deflated balloon or an over-flowing ashtray of an album, just a few more wine stains and a bit more cheese stomped into carpets of a house that we might actually own. Annie Tierney explains more:
Tieranniesaur was received pretty well by critics and record-buying folks alike, was there any of that cliché second-album-fear that most bands fall victim to?
While we were writing it we didn’t feel that way, and then it was only the last fortnight of making it that we realised how weird this record is and that it’s a pretty big possibility that the people who enjoyed the first record might not like it. We went with our instincts and realised towards the end that it was a bit strange in parts and it’s made us a little bit nervous.
This album is a little less fun time party-themed, it’s all the sparkles tinged with gloom. Is this the sound of Tieranniesaur getting a bit serious?
Yeah, not intentionally though, I think that initially when you’re writing something you’re just getting it out of your system, but as it goes on, when you’re finishing it up you start reflecting on it and when you hear it altogether, then you realise what it’s become. I guess it’s a bit moodier and darker than the first one, I think with the first album, there was a lot more silliness, the new one is still upbeat and dance-y though.
There are parts of DIYSCO that sound a little DFA (cowbell abuse!) and a little Arthur Russell, were you conscious of trying to push your natural pop sensibilities into more avant-garde areas?
I think it’s just a natural thing. When we made the first record, we did it without thinking about it too much. It’s just further into our sound, this time we were trying things we’d never done before. We had stuff we didn’t physically have the first time around, and I guess we’re a bit of a mad band, our sound is a bit mad. You find with a lot of bands when they start out say they want to be a mix between say Suicide and the Go! Team or something and they take those references and make something in the middle but with Tieranniesaur it just a little bit more ‘out there’ and we’ve just got more into whatever that is.
The last track ‘You’re Doing it Wrong’ sounds like an ode to just getting off your arse and trying to make something and coupled with the title DIYSCO is this your new manifesto for bands?
[The song] is really about people in general who, when you’re making music and expressing yourself, say to you “No, you’re doing it wrong”, y’know? You’re not playing by the rules, you haven’t stuck to the grid. These people, that are almost terrified that you’re doing what you are doing and enjoying yourself and that song goes all out of time, it sounds weird but it’s still beautiful, y’know? It’s about making something that maybe is wrong but it works.
There’s been a lot of talk about the tribulations of making albums recently (the Fight Like Apes Fundit backlash, etc.), were there any hesitations or difficulties with putting out this album?
Well, me and Padraig both work, so in a way, it’s like a giant hobby to us. We don’t have to worry about whether the songs are going to be played on the radio or not which definitely frees you up as an artist but of course we’re aware and it upsets me that full-time musicians are effectively paid last after everybody gets their cut.
I don’t have a problem with ‘crowd sourcing’, per se, but I guess I’d personally feel slightly awkward doing it. I think if you want us to make a new record, buy our album, y’know? You don’t need a crazy amount of money to make music. I think with the Fight Like Apes argument it was probably the fact that they said they needed some of the money for PR, so essentially they’re asking their fans to pay that money to go towards getting on the radio, to get gigs, etc. … and that’s a more difficult argument, it’s a little bit more complicated than just getting money to just put a record out.
You’re a lady that loves to collaborate and you’re involved in various other bands like the Yeh Deadlies and Jonny Fun and the … Hesitations, is it just a nice way to help mates out or does it satisfy a creative itch?
It is nice when you’re in a couple of bands at once, it’s nice to balance out the emotions that go with playing in the main one and particularly if they’re quite different. It’s a chance to rock out in one or be mellow in another. I like being in more than one band because everybody is complicated, everyone has another side of themselves and you get to express that. I love a lot of music that influences Tieranniesaur but it wouldn’t necessarily be my favourite type of music, so I love being able to try other things.
Is there a song on DIYSCO that you’re most excited for people to hear?
I think a couple of the weirder ones like ‘You’re Doing it Wrong’ or ‘Maro Rides the Wave’, but I’m really proud of them all. It’s definitely a heavier album, and there’s more for people to get into.
You’re heading out on a little tour soon and you’ll be sampling the delights of the road obviously, so what’s the best chipper in Ireland?
Well … the Fingal Cafe always does it for me.
DIYSCO is released on Popical Island on May 10th, with a launch gig at Whelan’s that night.