Suburban kids know what it’s like to be bored. There’s loads of space, sure, but nothing to do in it. And thus, you have to create your own fun, like climbing trees, goofing off in places you’re not supposed to and making your head a sanctuary. Dizzy, comprised of Katie Munshaw and Alex, Mack and Charlie Spencer, used the time spent wasted in Oshawa, Canada to form their band and perfect their brand of dreamy-pop. If you like Alvvays, Lorde and Mac DeMarco – we’re sure you’ll find something to like in their music.
As they swung into the UK for The Great Escape, we caught up with Katie and Alex to give our head a spin.
Katie – you’re in a band with three brothers, what’s that like?
Katie: Strangely, it’s weirdly comforting – it’s like having three big brothers and I’m really lucky that they’re funny and kind people. I lucked out.
How did you meet?
Katie: I met Charlie our drummer in high school in Ninth Grade math. We started making music together in high school and afterwards we decided to take a year off to see what we could do with it and then eventually added Mack and Alex.
Alex: Before then we had all been working on other musical projects. When you guys were ready to make something out of the duo, it was like ‘we have it right here – let’s go into the basement and figure it out’.
What’s it like being in a band with your brothers?
Alex: My past has been in being in a lot of groups out playing at pubs and bars and clubs in Oshawa and Toronto. So it’s a bit different of a vibe, if there’s a disagreement or something we know how to fix it. We’re very simpatico in terms of that. It feels like we’re all speaking a language that you don’t have with a complete stranger. We know how to read each other.
What’s it like in your hometown of Oshawa?
Katie: It’s pretty modern. There’s a lot of houses close together, lots of recreation centres, parks. When I think of suburbia I think of houses at an arm length.
Alex: Not a lot of historic looking places, that’s why coming here is amazing. It’s very cookie-cutter in terms of the housing.
What influence does a place like that have on your songwriting?
Katie: I think I try to make these boring places a lot nicer than they are and that’s what a lot of people can relate to, is that these shitholes I’ve been growing up in and putting them in different words and making them seem pretty.
Alex: It does have its beauty and its little moments of innocence – it’s very quiet and secluded – I guess that helps nurture the sound in some way. Most of the original composition happened just at home in the basement and we recorded the record later in Montreal.
You’ve been sitting on this record for a while, haven’t you?
Katie: We finished 2 years ago. It’s a little bit frustrating, sure. We did it with a guy called Damian Taylor and it was a really good process but it’s nice to finally get some things out now. A lot of the songs are from about a year before I actually wrote them, too. It’s like an experience I had when I was 17/18 and I’m not that age anymore.
Alex: Very much getting the itch to play some new ones. We kind of get stuck into having the same performance and it’s a bit of work to get them out. The period when we were emotionally connected to it is quite long ago.