Daring, dynamic and devastating – West Lothian’s Dictator aren’t here to mess about, at least not when it comes to creating non-stop indie-pop anthems.
Stepping out with a substantial stomp in their stride, the four-piece – consisting of vocalist Michael Campbell, guitarist Zach Tarimo Goodhur, bassist Joe Murty, and drummer Allan Ramsay – refuse to be pigeonholed as they emphatically strut through a sonic landscape of inventive indie licks, electrifying electronics, and perfectly prodigious pop grooves.
With inspiration drawn from fellow genre-defiers Gorillaz, Glass Animals and Alt-J, among others, Dictator’s musical boundaries know no limits, conveying their collectively charismatic personalities through a series of sumptuous synths, bone-shaking basslines, brash beats and playful-cum-tender lyricism.
Such is their bold and audacious style, they’ve caught the ear of many, growing a loyal, loving fanbase and gaining celebrity endorsement too, with A-list actor Robert Carlyle, bestselling author Ian Rankin and former Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart all showing some love for the boys.
Since their formation, the heights continue to get more and more dizzying for the quartet – from supporting Scottish icons like The Fratelli’s, Glasvegas and The Reytons to bringing home accolades such as Best Rock/Alternative Band at the SAMA (Scottish Alternative Music Awards), The Weekender Magazine‘s Song of the Year in both 2020 and 2021 and reaching the final four of BBC Introducing’s prestigious Scottish Act of the Year.
Needless to say, Dictator are a band with a big future and an open road paved in gold.