Hailing from tropical Darwin, indie-groove pop band At The Dakota have established themselves as one of the most exciting bands to come out of the Northern Territory with their addictive pop sensibilities and hooky, quirky lyrics and melodies.
A 5-piece comprising energetic and fun mates from the Top End, At The Dakota’s sound is influenced by the warmth and optimism that epitomizes Northern Territory living. Their songs are unapologetically groovy and their lyrics are refreshingly cryptic. Recognized as finalists in the 2016 and 2017 National Live Music Awards they’ve developed a dynamic and energetic live show that’s perfect for music lovers that just want to have fun!
At The Dakota are much-loved in the NT, winning the People’s Choice Award in the 2015 NT Song of the Year Awards and being voted by the public as the local act for the 2018 and 2016 BASSINTHEGRASS Festival. They’ve also supported touring acts such at The Rubens, Ball Park Music, Saskwatch and The Bennies and have gone on several national tours.
Members: Dylan Podsiadly (guitar/lead vox),Paul Brandis (keyboard/vox), Jaxon De Santis (guitar/vox), Dan Prime (bass /vox) and Ben Rogers (drums).
"Ridiculously catchy" - The AU Review
"Tasty guitar hooks, reminds me of Two Door Cinema Club. Would jump around to this" - Bridget Hustwaite triple J
"I'm taken back to the punkfunk heyday with this angular guitar over a disco beat vibe'" - Dave Ruby Howe, triple J
"That bright synth riff had me hooked from the go! Getting real Wombats vibes with this one too!" - Isabelle Moore
"This is frantic and brilliant. Kind of like if you turned the tempo up on 2007 and smashed it into The Delta Riggs." - Dave McArthy
"Dancefloor punk for skinny jeans and angular haircut-ted quiffs. If you're into your mid naughties dancefloor hits this sits somewhere between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bloc Party. Disco beats and jangly guitars a plenty!" - Johnny Rock
“At The Dakota are raising the bar for everyone with the tracks on ‘Melt’. ‘Melt’ is an exceptional offering from an emerging quality act, thoughtfully written and expertly produced. It deserves high national rotation because it delivers the goods and no mistake. You can dance to it, you can laugh to it, you can cry to it if you want to. You can put on headphones and just chill to it – do whatever makes you happy with it. That would make the band happy because At The Dakota are here for a good time and, hopefully, a long time too.” - Steve Kelk Foldback magazine
"The first time I heard At The Dakota I was blown away. The bands distinctive style, and undeniable onstage presence make it just a matter of time until they gain national recognition.The boys also possess a brilliant chemistry and embody everything it means to be Territorian. I cannot wait to see these guys leave their mark on the Australian music landscape.” - Ben Stevenson Hot 100 Darwin