Upon its release in April 2010, Darwin Deez’s debut album was met with universal praise from international media.

Now, in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release (+2 years because of you-know-what), the indiepop band from New York City famed for their choreographed dance routines and quirky songs will performed the album in its entirety at a number of live shows across the UK and Ireland - including a date at Dublin’s Whelan's on Wednesday, May 11th.

To mark the occasion, we caught up with the band’s frontman Darwin Deez aka Darwin Smith.

1. What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
Drum and Bass. Discovered that when I was 13. Still slaps when it's good.

2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.
Manageable diarrhoea, meh.

3. How do you wind down after a gig?
It's always nice to hang out backstage with the band and some new people. Eat dinner.

4. What’s the one song you wish you’d written or recorded first?
Of mine? I'm happy with the one I wrote and recorded first: "Deep Sea Divers".

5. You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?
Extreme Animals - Psychology Today, Beach Boys - Sunflower, Steely Dan -  Gaucho

6. Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see.
Steely Dan - Aja, Viktor Frankl - Man's Search For Meaning, Blade Runner 2049.

7. Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.
Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling.

8. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
Thai Curry.

9. Describe your perfect day off.
Zoe paying attention to me all day, going to Top Golf and In’N’Out.

10. Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your next gig (whenever it may be.)
Why come? You need to dance. You don't know it, but you do and you will at my show. 

BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.  
Revisionist History is dece. Malcolm is a good thinker.


Darwin Deez plays Whelan's, Dublin on Wednesday, May 11th.