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Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Heartbeat Skippers

Author: Nathan Dover
Thursday, 10 January 2008
Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip are not…just a band. They write manifestos, such as Thou Shalt Always Kill, the most refreshing number one hit in a looooooong time. Nathan Dover caught up with le Sac, the production half. Hey. Ho.

From obscurity to worldwide recognition and fame, life has certainly turned upside down for Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip. By poking fun at some of the biggest names in popular music, these two boys from England have turned the musical industry on its head with their satirical track, Thou Shalt Always Kill. Now, it seems that they themselves are destined to become part of that same musical history.

As he makes his way home from a gig in a crowded van through the English countryside, Le Sac (the production half) is still reeling from the sudden whirlwind that he and his musical partner now find themselves in.

“We thought we were this eccentric little electronic-spoken-word duo and it seems to be that everyone gets what we do,” he says. “I can’t get my head around the fact that we are playing gigs in Australia next year and playing festivals in America all of the back of this one song.”

Although grateful of the exposure that they have received so far, the boys are mindful of the dangers of being typecast one hit wonders and are combating this with The Beat That My Heart Skipped, a track which strays from the light-hearted vein of Thou Shalt… and is in more of a narrative vein about, as Le Sac explains, “what it’s like going to clubs and picking up chicks, but not in a seedy hip hop way.” This, along with their as yet untitled album, will prove their sustainability in the music industry.

“We have been lucky enough that this song hasn’t been a burden and we have been allowed to follow it up with our next single,” he says. “We’re just thankful that everyone loves Thou Shalt… so much and that we’ve been given the credit and time to write a full album. On the album there are some almost horribly serious records but the things that we have chosen to release so far have given people just enough to latch onto.”

And latch on they have. Having already being booked for the Coachella festival in the US in April as well as several others, the future looks bright for Dan and his bearded friend.

“The success of that one track,” he says, “has meant that we, fingers crossed, touch wood and stuff, we are going to have a career and be able to do this for a good long time.”

WHO: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
WHAT: Thou Shalt Always Kill through Central Station/MRA
WHEN: Out now