NORMAN — “Our songs are about our friends and being awkward,” Paige Willett, percussionist and vocalist said about her music made alongside guitarist and vocalist Kevin Lough.
Known as Dadrock, the duo has developed a rough and ready sound that mirrors affection for the punk precursor sound of some garage rock bands from the 1960’s. There’s no affectation to their music, it’s all hit and go. Willett doesn’t play a full drum kit and stands while she’s performing. Lough’s guitar is fundamental shredding. Their gentle moments are of the power pop variety.
“We’re pretty much a minimalist band,” Willett said. “People tend to either love or hate that about us.”
The only Dadrock recording I have is a cassette tape “…In glorious mono.” They explained it’s cheap to record that way and follows their do-it-yourself ethic.
“I just think it looks cooler,” Lough said. “A little square,” Willett interjected with a lilting chuckle.
They dig the cassette tape sound that sometimes includes random buzzing and also being able to individually decorate each tape box.
“I did have someone yell at me after a show, ‘It’s 2011, why are you doing cassettes,’” Willett said.
They give out digital download codes for their music too, but still appreciate the throwback to an earlier era that reminds them of childhood. “When I was a little kid I listened exclusively to cassettes,” Lough said. “I don’t think I had a CD player until I was 13 or 14.”
The duo is set to record new material at engineer Steve Boaz’ Breathing Rhythm Studio in Norman.
“We have three categories they fall into,” Lough said about their original songs,” they’re about being in a band, feeling awkward or threatening to punch people.”
He admitted to more imaginary threats of violence than anything actually life-menacing. I pointed out that at least three Dadrock song titles were mash-ups of main stream rock songs, such as The Who’s “The Kids are Alright” becomes “The Kids Are Uptight.”