The Dø is gearing up for a massive summer. Its third album, Shake Shook Shaken, was released last month, before back-to-back shows in Europe and its trip to Australia in January for So Frenchy So Chic.
The band’s electro pop and high-range vocals seem to come straight out of an ‘80s movie soundtrack – which is fitting given that The Dø was formed when Finnish-born Merilahit and French musician Dan Levy met while working on the soundtrack to the film, Empire of the Wolves.
It became the first act ever to reach number one in the French music charts with an English-language album – its debut A Mouthful in 2008. This was followed by Both Ways Open Jaws and shows all over the world.
For Shake Shook Shaken, the pair decided to use less acoustic instruments and produce the songs digitally.
“We still had drums for a couple of tracks, real bass and real guitar, but we had to find some sort of balance because we felt like we’ve done that all before,” Merilahti says.
“I think with pop music, you’re allowed to do basically whatever you want, that’s the great thing about it, so it would be a shame not to embrace that. “
This change brings a more electronic, up-tempo sound to the tracks. Singles Despair, Hangover and Ecstasy and Keep Your Lips Sealed are filled with rising rhythms and catchy hooks. Despite the sound, making dance tracks was not the duo’s intention.
“We wanted some head banging, but in a more hip-hop way,” Merilahit says smiling. “I mean, we’re always dancing during the studio sessions and we kind of decided on some silly dance moves depending on the track, but mainly we didn’t want to break the beat too much.
“Inspiration came from Manga, Japanese photography and lots of images. Also, action films like James Bond. We just wanted energy so we used everything we could find that gave us that energy and drive.”
It’s been five years since the duo played in Australia and it’s excited to embrace the warmer weather at So Frenchy So Chic In The Park in January.
“It’s so amazing to know that it’s going to be summer again for us in a month, because it’s going to be a long winter in Europe,” she says.
“But seriously, it’s great to get in touch with an audience that has been asking for us for a few years now and it’s really great to be coming back.”
The Dø’s new album Shake Shook Shaken is out now. They will play So Frenchy So Chic on January 11 2015 at Werribee Park Mansion.
Tickets are $89 plus booking fee. Buy tickets here.