Does It Offend You, Yeah? makes hipsters happy on latest album
Contemporary hipsters are a busy sort, what with all the blogging and dance parties and taking pictures of themselves they have to get done every day. It’s gotten to the point where there’s barely any time left for scrolling between Daft Punk and Justice, The Cure and DFA on their iPods.
Fortunately, the British dance-rock outfit Does It Offend You, Yeah? has streamlined the process for us by managing to sound like all of those groups at the same time on its stunning, genre-mad full-length debut, “You Have No Idea What You Are Getting Yourself Into,” moving from synth and bass heavy ’80s new wave on songs like “Being Bad Feels Pretty Good” to glitch-ridden, chainsaw-powered French electro on “Battle Royale.” Rock and dance have been flirting in the corner of the club for years now, but DIOYY? helps them skip straight ahead to the sweaty make-out session in the loo. Bassist and vocalist James Rushent called from London to talk about the roots of the dance rock stew.
To what do you credit the blurring of the boundaries between rock and dance over the last few years?
Boredom, I guess. The Prodigy was doing it back in ’93. It’s not that new, really. There has been a lot of bands that have sort of done it.
Some of your songs you wouldn’t even know they’re from the same band.
We didn’t want to try to force the record anyway. ... We were trying to be true to ourselves. ... And I guess we were still trying to find our feet. It’s like a big experiment, really. We say we made our third album first. The experimental one was our first one, because we wanted to wipe the slate clean.
You use live drums and vocals in your shows. Does that add something you might not get in a DJ-oriented set?
Definitely. I think we’ve gotten where we are because of the live show. And we knew straight away as soon as we got signed we didn’t want to be that DJ duo thing. We’ve done it in the past, but just to have a laugh. We’d go to these dance nights and start playing Ramones, and people would be like, ‘Have you got the new Justice tune?’ And we’d say, “Well, no man. We’re playing what we feel like playing.”