Today I was having a meeting with a client at work. In the background, I could hear music playing over the speakers in the reception. The song had a catchy beat and the lyrics intrigued me. “You give me diamonds, I give you nothing” made me smile, but then “You can’t own me, I’m like a dolphin” … huh? When I got back to the office, I did a bit of research and my world has now become all the better for it. The song is by a Swedish Indie-Pop band called Death Team (we’ll get to that later). The song, Dolphin Style, was written and released to draw attention to ‘Dolphin Awareness Day’. Haven’t heard of it? That’s because they invented the day themselves.
So, to the name, Death Team. I can’t help but notice a slight contradiction of terms between ‘save the dolphins’ and ‘Death Team’. I’m guessing they named the band before deciding to support the dolphins. Even without the dolphins, it’s not really a name that sounds like an indie-pop band either. It sounds more like a heavy metal band. I like to think they’ve done it with a sense of irony. You hear a light pop song and discover it’s by a band called Death Team. When researching it, I initially kept dismissing it because it didn’t sound like a song by a band with Death in the title. So, curious to learn more about the band, I visited their website. To do so, I had to go back to the 90s. Or at least that’s what it seemed like when I went to deathteam.se with the flash animations and bright-colours-on-black-background. I love it. Again, I don’t know whether it’s a serious attempt at designing a website or if it’s meant to be like that. Either way I love the nostalgia of it. From what I’ve seen and read of them – which I grant you isn’t a lot – it seems like they’re a fun pair who would design the website like that as a fun piece of art. I mean their previous song before Dolphin Style was called F*cking Bitches In The Hood – I added the asterisk. The website is great though. At the top, the first thing you see, is an animated dolphin – made up of letters and symbols – gliding across the screen. Which is okay, but directly underneath it is an animated fire. Again I’m confused: are they saving the dolphins or burning them? If you scroll down, you can even buy dolphin ephemera on there. Not officially licensed merchandise, just things like dolphin towels and whale stickers, things that the band members like. They’ve also got information about some charities that they support, which, amongst all this craziness and fun, it’s nice to see that they’ve got a serious message. The site also has a guestbook where fans can leave messages. I had a quick look but, as you’d expect, they’re all in Swedish so I couldn’t understand any of them. Anyway, I’m not knocking the band at all. They’ve recorded a nice song (which I have to admit is very catchy) and they’re making an effort to do good in this world. And d’you know what? I am actually going to listen to their message and next year on the 8th May I will do something for Dolphin Awareness Day. I’ve made a note in my calendar. So good luck to them and the Dolphins of Death Team.