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Dunedin’s Soaked Oats return home

New EP for the hometown heroes

Dunedin’s Soaked Oats are back home with a fresh EP and record deal in hand after bringing their infectious jangle pop technicolor product around the globe. Adam Burns spoke to Oscar Mein, the frontman, about building trust on the road and why it’s time for more from the Dunedin Sound.

Do not expect the mickey to be taken indefinitely by Soaked Oats.

Although for the four-piece Dunedin it’s been a whirlwind for two years, they’re just waking up to the idea that what began out as an occasional lark is gaining over individuals.

They announced last month that they had signed an agreement with Australian autonomous Dot Dash as the only Kiwi band on an eclectic yet mainly Australian list featuring Methyl Ethel, Carla Geneve and Client Liaison likes.

After playing a sequence of demos including last month’s Brighton’s The Great Escape, the group lately moved home.

Keeping his jet lag in check, vocalist Oscar Mein said the group was enthusiastic about how things track.

The signing of the band aligns with their long-awaited EP Sludge Pop release, which was formally released yesterday. Having got rapid comparisons with indie warriors Mac DeMarco and Woods ‘ Kevin Morby, the name of their recent publication could serve as a byword for the group.

Although Mein claims the Dunedin narrative is “well carried out,” as the Texan singer-songwriter voiced his adoration for The Clean, a latest discussion Mein had with Morby touched on the linear nature of factors.

Soaked Oats was created in late 2017 and pursued a constant recording and traveling trajectory.

In their first year of activity, they allegedly performed about 60 concerts. Somehow that year they were able to shoot out a couple of EPs-Stone Fruit Melodies and No Slip Ups.

Despite boasting a tireless work ethic on paper, this hasn’t been enjoyable and cheeky at the cost of composing music. Stone Fruit Melodies is likely the greatest stone fruit album ever published.

Last year, they performed additional concerts in the US, boosting the collective trust of the band after self-doubt threatened to stifle the perspective of the band.

As he became more attentive to what he intended to tell on record, Mein acknowledges Sludge Pop is thematically more direct.

While the band needs some time out and space to focus on a full-length debut in the future, in the interim the band is back on the road.

They play Queenstown’s Winter Festival for a couple of Australian performances next night before crossing the Tasman.

They return back for another couple of local displays that were capped off on July 18-19 at The Cook with successive evenings.


Atom is a Kiwi and gained experience in news reporting, bicultural and cross-cultural reporting, news photography, media law and ethics at the Auckland Univerity of Technology.