26 Aug Premiere: Backyard – ‘Best View of Dean St.’

Melbourne dadwave (yes, dolewave has evolved to dadwave in 2016) band Backyard have kindly let us premiere their second single ‘Best View of Dean St.‘ from their upcoming debut album. It’s instantly calming, and I want to hear the full album right now. Unfortunately I don’t know when the album is due out, but I thought I’d spend some time at least trying to work out which Dean Street they’re referring to…

*Insert Law & Order theme song before resuming ‘Best View Of Dean St’ on repeat*

So, the song was mixed at Lone Palm Studios in Echo Part, Los Angeles. But it is apparently about Kadric‘s optimistic view of his time in country NSW, where there appears to be eighteen streets spelt Dean (and not Deane). The photograph used for the song features reasonably lush green hills with – potentially – Dean St down the bottom somewhere.

The first six streets I found are in Granville, Greystanes, Strathfield, Caringbah, West Pennant Hills and Croydon – all suburbs which are part of Sydney itself. The next two, in Wollongong and Warrawong, are more beach towns than country towns. The town of Wanaaring looks awesome as fuck, but it’s in the desert. North Tamworth has the background hills, but they are too pointy and not softly rolling like those in the photograph.

While the next six in West Bathurst, Matong, Molong, Mitchell, Casino, and St Georges Basin are all probably country towns, their Dean Streets are more like tiny little avenues than streets – they’re not exactly worth writing a song about having a great view of them. I’ve been to Tocumwal a few times and they don’t have hills, just strawberry fields (zingggg).

Which leaves Wodonga’s equivalent to Shelbyville – Albury. Albury has the rolling hills and a WW1 monument conveniently located in a similar position to the one in the photo. Which begs the question; what’s so special about that Dean St? Which begs the answer: the Indian Chimney Restaurant. They take a while to cook and aren’t huge portions, but dear lord everything there is bloody delicious. As for the location of the photographer, my guess is on top of the Eastern Hill Lookout.

I could be totally wrong after all that investigating, but at least I got to listen to the wonderful ‘Best View of Dean St.’ thirty times in the name of research.

The single launch for ‘Best View of Dean St.’ is on Friday the 2nd of September, at Woody’s Bar in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Marcus Rimondini

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