Manchester Duo TENFIVESIXTY Breakthrough With Dark, Cinematic Single ‘Dashboard Light’
Date: Feb 19, 2015
Following on from the success of their last single ‘Control’, TENFIVESIXTY return with a new release for 2015, ‘Dashboard Light,’ produced by Duncan Mills (The Vaccines, Peace) and mixed by international producer Robert Harder (Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock, Whitey, Squarepusher).
The duo have already garnered huge support from key tastemakers like CLASH and BBC Radio’s Gary Crowley, even being titled as a ‘Crowley Cracker.’ Their unique take on the British guitar scene has also caught the attention of Brit-Pop icons Suede, earning them a place supporting them on their recent UK tour.
Formed Jen Bailey and Rick Hornby a few years back, TENFIVEIXTY was born from a mutual love of “lost romanticism, soundtracks, 60’s girl groups, 80’s hooks, good footwear, attention to detail, and the darker side of classic British guitar pop.” Their unique influences go further and include themes of escape, runaway destinations, classic film scores composed by Sakamoto, John Carpenter and Thomas Newman and the writings of Kerouac & Bukowski, with their views and attitudes of an outsider or misfit. TENFIVESIXTY have frequently been compared to The Cure and Stevie Nicks. Rick’s guitar beckons the listener with its hypnotic effect. The tones create an unnatural, warped sound that enhances the pair’s unique, captivating atmosphere. Jen fragile vocals are wonderfully emotive and litter the beat with atmospheric touches. The pair come together beautifully, creating tracks equal in passion and emotion. TENFIVESIXTY’s music is eloquent, poignant and shot through with a strangely hopeful melancholy.
New single ‘Dashboard Light’ began life as a guitar line that the pair experimented with and added to. The track explores the theme of escapism, more specifically the idea of changing your life by simply leaving and never coming back. TENFIVESIXTY describe the track as the ‘musical equivalent of an abandoned car, or a pile of clothes left by the waters edge.’
The drums flow at a solid driving pace linking in with the theme of escape and journey. The guitar whines in the background creating a sense of depth and atmosphere. Jen’s vocals swoop in as the song moves into a heavier stroll lifting the energy and pace to an insistent. ‘Dashboard Light’ bares a dark, cinematic sound that’s made for indie movie soundtracks and late summer nights at music festivals.