The Great Dane just released their debut EP ‘A room to grow’ under the independent Manila-based record label Know So.
What is the main overlying theme of the EP?
As the name of the EP suggests, the main overlying theme of the EP is change, with the overall aesthetic of the EP and promotional material revolving around blooming flowers. The EP as a whole explores human experiences, with each song highlighting different aspects of life.
How would you describe the overall sound of the EP? What makes it unique?
Overall, the sound of the EP is very dynamic and is a harmonious mix of all of the different styles and influences of each band member. We tried not to limit ourselves to any particular sound, and simply made songs that we genuinely liked. The variation in rhythms, harmony, and melodies contribute to a multi-layered listening experience that suits any kind of listener.
What do you expect listeners to take away from the EP?
We expect listeners to take away a feeling of timelessness with the record, the kind of suspense you feel when you’re so engrossed while listening to something that you just forget about everything else.
What’s next for The Great Dane?
We will definitely be looking to release more singles and hope to record our 2nd EP, or maybe even an album in the near future.
What have you been doing to cope with the quarantine?
Chris (Lead Singer/Bassist): working
Joaquin (Guitarist): studying
Brennan (Guitarist): been producing a lot of music, reading, catching up on TV series, and baking
Christian (Drummer): just doing whatever is enjoyable for me like watching movies, practicing, making coffee, reading
What music have you been listening to recently?
Chris: a lot of alternative stuff
Joaquin: The Strokes’ new album
Brennan: Tom Misch, D’angelo, Jacob Collier, Cory Wong
Christian: Makaya Mccraven, Casiopea, Musiq soulchild
How have you been giving yourself room to grow during these times?
Chris: keeping myself busy with work
Joaquin: I’ve been reading a bunch of books and practicing guitar
Brennan: taking it one day at a time and trying to work towards a long-term goal
Christian: not being a perfectionist while practicing, but realizing that mistakes are normal and should be worked on
What advice can you give to a friend?
Chris: happiness is a state of mind
Joaquin: Don’t forget to breathe!
Brennan: you are not your thoughts
Christian: spend time doing things that are meaningful for you
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