By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Come on, Eileen.
Traces of that 1982 classic by Dexys Midnight Runners has found its way to the modern era by way of member Sean Read, who helped London-based indie alt-rock Husband record their debut album.
Described by the band as a “perfect encapsulation” of what they’re all about, Husband used the debut album to showcase just what a motivated group of unsigned, self-funded musicians can do.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with member Dharsh about their debut album and more.
Music Bugle – How did you get to decide on the “Husband” name?
Dharsh – It’s from the song, “Be My Husband” by Nina Simone. We used to play that song live and love how powerful and visceral it is.
Music Bugle – How would you describe London to someone who has never been there before?
Dharsh – It is a beautiful, vibrant city. However, those that live here know of its hidden beauty born of its challenges, harshness and the unity of its population. There’s nowhere in the world quite like it.
Music Bugle – What is the biggest challenge in being an independent act?
Dharsh – Being in an unsigned band means that you have very little scope for exposure. You soon become aware of how many people fleece bands for a quick buck. We are very lucky that our music has been picked up by a large listener base all over the world. We don’t really know how that has happened.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Dharsh – It’s honest and unfiltered. We never change a song to fit a specific genre. What you hear is the effort and love that the band has put into the song.
Music Bugle – What was it like getting to work with Sean Read of Dexys Midnight Runners?
Dharsh – Sean is an amazing guy. He makes the whole recording phase a real pleasure.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Dharsh – It delayed the release of the album for a start. We were on a bit of a roll with a lot of gigs and residencies booked. All that disappeared overnight. It’s quite difficult to build that momentum up again, but we are trying.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Dharsh – I have quite eclectic tastes. At the moment, I am listening to some of the released tracks from the soundtrack from the film “Flag Day.” I’m also listening to Zeal and Ardor, Run The Jewels and Dean Martin.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Dharsh – Rehearsal. It’s a place where I get to let go of everything and hang out with some of the loveliest, warmest, goofiest and talented people I know.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Dharsh – “The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be,” by Pete Seeger.
Music Bugle – What’s something that people might be surprised to know about the band?
Dharsh – We are an incredibly diverse bunch of people. Even our music taste varies greatly, but it all comes together to make something very special.