Listen: ‘Head Talk’ by Sophisticated Dingo

Melbourne Represent! Local duo Sophisticated Dingo (ain’t we all?) drop a pearler on us in the form of Head Talk – a punchy, effervescent garage rock sizzler that further exemplifies how good our home grown talent is! Go Team!


After being confined to a Melbourne loft and taming their melodies and frenzied arrangements for almost a year, garage-rock duo Sophisticated Dingo are escaping from the captivity of suburbia and confusing drunken conversations with their latest raucous-yet-catchy anthem “Head Talk”.
Propelled forward by the one-two punch of energetic overdriven guitar and powerful drum fills, “Head Talk” opens with an apology to friends for the intoxicated trouble caused the previous night. The song’s verses are filled with charming backing vocals and way-too-relatable recollections of late-night dummy-spits, before exploding into thumping and seriously catchy choruses.
The rollicking track steadily hurtles towards the anthemic breakdown, featuring sweeping dynamics and the gang-vocal line “I hear what you’re saying!”. While it may have been written in an attic in suburbia, the track is primed and ready for the band’s upcoming packed and sweaty pub shows.
Sounds Like: Wavves, Polish Club, Skegss, Violent Soho
The release of “Head Talk” is the culmination of the duo’s tireless effort to creatively inject their voices to Sophisticated Dingo’s impressive mix of frenetic strumming and crashing percussion. Described as “trash-pop” by the pair, they believe the single is “a sing-along anthem that you can’t get out of your head, but also is cool enough to keep on your phone”.
Lyrically, “Head Talk” addresses the terrible feelings of feeling trapped and alone when those closest to you shut you out, causing a downward spiral in self-esteem. “When you’re left in the dark about something, all you have to keep you company is your own thoughts – and they can easily turn ugly if you let them stew and you’re constantly turning them over and over,” says frontman Lewis “Lew” Matte.
“Even stupid little things like drunken fights over the phone can take a toll on your psyche if you don’t have clarity and closure in situations. It’s important to clear the air wherever possible and to understand the situation so you don’t falsely interpret things, for your own wellbeing.”
The single was recorded in Melbourne’s Salt Studios and Baked Bean Studios, co-produced by Thomas Keyte and Sophisticated Dingo, and mastered by Joe Carra of Crystal Mastering (King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard, Skegss, The Peep Tempel).