The album, which features the single Rose Marie, touches on monster acid rock (Mondo Space), blissed-out acoustic balladry (Over The Fence) and forgotten underground spy movie theme music (The Crawling Man) on a twang-tastic, Farfisa-fuelled trip. The End Of The Pier makes impeccable references to Nuggets inspired garage, English pastoral psychedelia and surftwang.
Singer/keyboardist Andy Taylor commented: “In the 4 years since our last album we’ve tightened the sound a lot and turned the garage up by a notch or two, but without losing the good tunes. It's all about strange melodies, lush harmonies and old dusty instruments. We think it’s a more defined album that our last, while still being eclectic. There’s lots going on, but it’s all 100% The Dials”.
Guitarist Dermot Watson added: “We’ve still got some pedal steel on there, but the flavour is a bit more ‘twisted seaside’ or ‘Surf Noir’ (© The Dials). Historically, seaside end of the pier shows were always a little bit unsavoury but, for that very reason, something you couldn’t help but be curious about, though you know you should stay away.
That’s the way we think of this album... it’s a bit like Brighton when the tourists go home and you’re in the wrong bar at the right time. Some people who have heard the pre-release have mentioned people like Marc Ribot (of Tom Waits fame) which I can only be happy about.”
“Many knowledgeable heads nod sagely in their direction… a great band” Bob Harris
“Really, really good” Dave Henderson, Mojo
“Glides effortlessly between the harmonic swoon of The Byrds, the poppier elements of the Velvets and the child-like psych of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd” Uncut
1. Mondo Surf
2. This Road Is Hers
3. Rose Marie
4. Bluebell Line
5. Over The Fence
6. The Crawling Man
7. Tourist Trap
8. Calm Waters
9. Mondo Space
10. A Good Flying Day
11. The Show At The End Of The Pier