Dutch Criminal Record’s ‘Oat Milk’ will surely uplift your spirits

"I think that reflects how lots of us feel when we hear this kind of overused sloganism in politics"
4 August 2023

Brighton’s very own Indie trio, Dutch Criminal Record is back with their signature breezy and sun-soaked sound. Their new single Oat Milk is full of energy and vibrant vibes that will surely uplift your spirits. It’s a sneak peek into their highly anticipated EP, Apathy Mixtape, released via AntiFragile Music.

Oat Milk co-produced by Rob Quickenden and Dutch Criminal Record (Sam Thrussell, Joe Frampton and Joe Delaney-Stone) themselves, presents an unapologetic, frenetic, and mysterious indie sound. It introduces a fresh shoegaze influence to the band’s captivating indie-surf feel.

The music composition features layers of vibrant, reverb-soaked guitars that add depth and atmosphere. The drums provide a powerful, rhythmic punch while the bass drives the song forward. The lead vocals, although distorted, shine brightly amidst the sonic chaos, producing a captivating and exhilarating explosion of sound that is both refreshingly unique and emotionally stimulating.

Joe Delaney-Stone offers his thoughts on the track, sharing insight and expertise: “I wrote Oat Milk in the winter of 2022/23. Just sat at my computer waiting for a student to join an online lesson I was messing around with some chords and started to hum a bit of a melody along to them. As I started to develop the rest of the song I took a lot of inspiration from shoe gaze productions styles. Borrowing a lot from bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive’s early stuff and the Cure.

The lyrics of the song are actually based around something Suella Braverman said in the house of commons around October last year when I was writing the song. She blamed the just stop oil protests which were happening at the time on Labour and the SMP calling them the ‘Guardian reading, tofu eating wokerati’. Obviously, it’s a ridiculous thing to hear in British politics and something that wouldn’t sound out of place in a speech by Trump. With the lyrics I tried to satirise this idea that the societal decay we’re experiencing in the UK right now is due to dairy alternatives, vegan food and pronouns rather than decades of neoliberalism by imagining that Tory politicians are going round London wincing every time they see a Linda McCartney sausage, obviously they aren’t. In the studio I tried to work on the vocal delivery to sound as bored, weary and apathetic as possible. When we where tracking the vocal initially I was singing brought and enthusiastically as possible but it just didn’t sound right so I went for a more subdued and indifferent tone as I think that reflects how lots of us feel when we hear this kind of overused sloganism in politics which is an easy way for politicians to avoid addressing issues and rial up their voter base.”

Over the past few years, the band had the incredible opportunity to perform in packed venues all across the UK. and beyond and receive regular radio play from renowned stations such as BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, and Radio X, this talented band has been making waves.

With their remarkable growth on TikTok, gaining over 500k followers, Dutch Criminal Record has experienced exponential growth in recent years. This impressive achievement has fueled anticipation and excitement for their upcoming material.

After embarking on a memorable tour across Europe with Sea Girls, the band has had the opportunity to showcase their talents at various prestigious events. They have graced stages at renowned festivals such as SXSW, Stag & Dagger Festival, Golden Touch Festival, Dot-2-Dot Festival, Ynot Festival, and 110 Above.

Dutch Criminal Record is on a roll and has sold out numerous headline shows in the UK, including their incredible performances at Camden’s PowerHaus and Rough Trade. Their popularity is booming and they are preparing to bring out even more exciting new material.

We can’t wait to fully embrace all that they have in store for us.