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“Room to Grow”, The Great Dane New Single

“Room to Grow”, The Great Dane New Single


Mynila Team August 5, 2020 Music & Culture

The Great Dane just released their new single under Know So, an independent Manila-based record label.

Joaquin, Christian, and Chris have been jamming together as a trio since the latter years of High School. But in 2016, both Christian and Brennan had to return to Singapore to serve their National Service. Christian came back in early 2019 and the three just started jamming again. It was a month after Christian came back that Brennan joined in (February of 2019) and started jamming with them. After a while, they just ended up writing original songs together and formed The Great Dane.

The band’s name derived from a random conversation between Joaquin and Christian about breeds of dogs, wherein they eventually settled on “Great Dane”, which Christian thought of from a song of the same title by Cosmo Pyke. Brennan then suggested adding “The” in front of it. Other options that the members considered were “Chow Chow”, “Manila Tea Party”, and something along the lines of “…. Green Tea”. You can tell that the band likes dogs and tea.  

Our music is mostly a reflection of what we’ve absorbed through music and our own real life experiences. It’s basically a melting pot of the different types of music that each band member likes. On one side, we have classic influences ranging from Queen, The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Television, and the like. On the other, we have more modern inspirations such as Vampire Weekend, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tom Misch, and The Strokes. 

About “Room To Grow”

Growth and forgiveness. The lyrics of the song primarily talk about a failed relationship but it goes a lot deeper than that. It’s about learning from past mistakes, forgiving oneself of these mistakes, and using them to grow further.  In writing Room To Grow, we really wanted to push ourselves in terms of song composition. It’s one of our favorite songs because if you look deeper into it, it’s kind of like 3 songs in one, with each band member bringing something unique to the table. We ended up with a song that’s not traditional in any pop sense: it’s relatively long, has complex chord progressions and both key and time changes. (can include how this proves that the band doesn’t conform to any “rules” or genre) From start to end, the song took 3 weeks to complete and has come to be very representative of our sound. 

We also had our buddy Joseph Gregory, a multi-instrumentalist producer, come on board as a producer. He did most of the keys and ambient stuff and basically brought the song to the next level.