Updated: Feb 16
As the weather continues to cool down, things are heating up in Byron with Splendour in the Grass fast approaching! The T-Rex Musiq team are psyched to continue our 12 days of Splendour series where we share 12 artists that we cannot wait to see hit the Splendour stages in the 12 days leading up to the event.
Today we slow things down and chill out to Dope Lemon, the psych-folk project sparked by none other than the Smooth Big Cat, Angus Stone, one of Australia’s greatest modern-day songwriters.
A more than pleasant surprise in this year’s artist lineup, Dope Lemon formed almost at a whim as Angus Stone decided to mix things up from his reputable work with sister, Julia. Angus simply invited a bunch of mates over for a jamming session and a few beers in his infamous cottage-turned-studio at his 120-acre farm in Byron. The organic free-flowing atmosphere in Angus’ Belafonte Studios soon advanced these loose jam sessions into the creation of a certified band with multiple records.
The stress-free creative process translates directly onto Dope Lemon’s music as Angus with the help of Rohin Brown (The Walking Who) and Elliot Hammond (The Delta Riggs) have listeners melt into a collection of unobstructed psychedelic flows and grooves.
With nearly every instrument of every song of the Dope Lemon project recorded, produced and mixed by Stone, we see a side of him we are yet to see with his sibling. The musical mastermind provides an assortment of instrumental effects and layers that are so diverse yet tie together perfectly sending listeners into a relaxing psychedelic journey.
In this almost trance-like trip, we realise a true reflection of Angus Stone. We are exposed to a place where there are no pressures of the music industry, all things are relaxed and reality and fantasy morph together.
Live, Angus and his Dope comrades return to smaller more intimate sized set of venues where he is able to almost reinvent himself by getting loose and hanging out with fans. This reinvention has come in the form of an alter-ego known as the Smooth Big Cat – a happy-go-lucky character that enjoys staying up late listening to music with a drink in one hand and a smoke in the other.
Through my own experiences of seeing Angus and Julia Stone in the flesh on multiple occasions it has been hard to connect with the two as they can lack stage presence at times. Understanding this could be due to natural introversion when they perform, the Smooth Big Cat will nevertheless be a refreshing change and exciting for those seeing Dope Lemon at Splendour and their sideshows.
Fans will get to see Angus let the hair down and have a fun time with his mates amidst the sun-drenched soothing coastal rock arrangements we’ve quickly come to adore through Dope Lemon’s short lifespan.
So, untether your mind and let your lost thoughts be guided by the Smooth Big Cat and the Dope Lemon boys at Splendour this year.
Dope Lemon’s Splendour in the Grass set time:
Saturday 20th July @GW McLennan Tent 8:30-9:30
Dope Lemon’s Australia & NZ Tour Dates
Friday 2nd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 8th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday 9th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Thursday 15th August – HQ, Adelaide
Saturday 17th August – Metropolis, Fremantle
Thursday 22nd August – The Powerstation, Auckland