Former Panic! At the Disco bassist Dallon Weekes is back in action with his new band, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (aka iDKHOW). The group, which also features ex-Falling in Reverse drummer Ryan Seaman, has just released their debut EP called 1981 Extended Play.
The band’s name is taken from a Back to the Future quote. Add that to the EP title and it’s easy to understand that the band is heavily influenced by the ’80s. However, the themes of 1981 are based on the culture in Los Angeles.
“A lot of the inspiration for this EP was sparked by living in L.A. for nine years,” Weekes told Don’t Bore Us. “I love Los Angeles but it’s not really my kind of town. There are a lot of toxic aspects to the entertainment and business culture that exist in L.A. and Hollywood. It was all very alien to me, I didn’t really feel like I belonged there. That alienation and the feeling of being alone whilst you’re in a crowd of people was a big inspiration for a lot of my writing for I Don’t Know How.”
He added his influences as being Elvis Costello, The Cure, David Bowie, and Oingo Boingo. His bass lines range from funky electro-pop (“Bleed Magic”) to big, distorted bounce (“Absinthe”).
Check out the track “Social Climb,” which crystallizes the album’s concept:
1981 Extended Play Track List:
- Social Climb
- Bleed Magic
- Do It All The Time