Q&A with The Dune Sea
By: Bronwen Bradshaw
On Sept. 1, The Dune Sea performed at CRU Wine & Beers, on Fleming Road in Greensboro. It was a killer performance by the up-and-coming band, who are all local students of Weaver Academy for the Performing Arts. Original bandmates, Spencer Underwood (lead vocals) and Jake Kremer (guitar) had been working on their first album for quite some time before releasing it just two months ago. Since then, The Dune Sea has grossed about 200 monthly listeners on Spotify. Since the release of their first album, ‘The Curse of the Chinese Sombrero,’ they’ve added band mates Andrew Merritt (drums) and Aids Foley (bass).
I got to sit down with the up and coming band and ask them some questions.
Q: What other artists would you say inspire you?
A: Kremer: Nude party, they’re from Appalachian State, we went to go see them twice.
Merritt: Were they nude?
Kremer: Nah, I wish!
Underwood: We like The Growlers, and The Black Keys…. My biggest inspiration would be Dan Auerbach.
Q: When did you guys get the idea and start working on your album, ‘The Curse of the Chinese Sombrero?’
A: Underwood: Well, at first I wanted to create an album going solo, so I started doing that this past summer. And then when I started recording, I didn’t really know what I was doing… That’s when we (Underwood and Kremer) started working together and recording and writing things.
Q: What songs really correlate with you or ring true to your heart?
A: Kremer: Um, I’d have to say “Mean it This Time” and “Without Your Love.” Those really mean something to me… because I’ve been in those situations before.
Underwood: I really like “My Own Grave.”
Kremer: I don’t really understand the lyrics to “My Own Grave.”
Me: Shouldn’t you know? You are apart of the band?
Kremer: Nah, I’m special Jake. Make sure to put that in there. That I’m Special Jake.
Q: So, The Dune Sea, is a well known Star Wars reference. Why did you choose that as your band name? What’s the story?
A: Underwood: Well it’s a long story, we went to the beach and Mr. Lui, the guitar teacher at Weaver Academy, gave our friend Emitt a toy sombrero. We took it to the beach and all this bad stuff happened…but the whole time we were playing Star Wars Battlefront.
Kremer: And that’s how we came up with The Dune Sea. Bur also, I kept thinking, this sombrero is cursed. And that’s where ‘The Curse of the Chinese Sombrero’ came from.
Underwood: Because of all the bad stuff.
Kremer: Well, nothing really bad happened to me.
Q: Is there anything you can tell us about your second album coming out soon?
A: Underwood: Probably like, October.
Kremer: We’ve already finished a lot of the songs….“Magnetized” has already been released and there’s also this song “Do Not Disturb.”
Q: What are your plans for the next year?
A: Merritt: Well first of all, Aids needs to learn his parts.
Foley: I wanna learn how to play the parts.
Q: Do you guys work well together, since you guys are friends? Or is it the other way around?
A: Kremer: I mean, sometimes I give Aids a hard time with the bass parts
Foley: Sometimes I don’t learn the base parts.
Merritt: For the most part though, we work well together.
Q: Last question, if you could collaborate with anyone other artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
A: Underwood: Dan Auerbach…he’s the man. I’d like to collaborate with him someday. I want to make an album with him. That’s like my lifelong dream.
Kremer: Just skip me, I don’t know.
Foley: Kevin Parker because in interviews, he’s said that he’s kinda like a perfectionist and I am too.
Merritt: Me, I’d have to go with Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles, someone with a little funk and jazzy stuff in there.
Be sure to check out The Dune Sea on Spotify.