Dappled Cities

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Dappled Cities
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Indie rock, art rock, indie pop, dream pop
Years active 2001–present
Members Dave Rennick
Tim Derricourt
Alex Moore
Ned Cooke
Allan Kumpulainen
Terry Broomhandle
Past members Hugh Boyce
Mark Bradshaw

Dappled Cities (formerly "Dappled Cities Fly") are a five-piece indie rock band from Sydney, Australia.


The band first came together as teenagers in the northern suburbs of Sydney in 1997. Dave Rennick and original drummer Hugh Boyce were joined by Alex Moore on bass and Tim Derricourt on guitar. Keyboards were added occasionally by Mark Bradshaw, and after 2006 more regularly by Ned Cooke.

The band started out playing at all-ages shows and charity benefits before they reached legal age to play in the licensed venues in the Sydney CBD. The performed at the Hopetoun (now defunct), the Excelsior and The Bat and Ball. The band members moved to the inner suburbs of Sydney and after various name changes settled on Dappled Cities Fly.

The band made several tours of Australia and also toured New Zealand in 2004. In 2006 Dappled Cities Fly performed in London, England and at shows in the United States, including South by Southwest, where they played again in 2009 and 2010. From 2006-2009, the band did a number of tours of America and Canada, including performances at the Crocodile Club in Seattle, Mercury Lounge in New York and the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

A Smile[edit]

Dappled Cities Fly's early single and EP releases were critically well received and played Australia-wide on various radio stations.[citation needed] Their first album, A Smile, several years in the making, was released in late 2004[1] and was featured as album of the week on radio stations FBi and Triple J. and reviewed favourably in the The Sydney Morning Herald. [2]


In 2006 their second album, Granddance, recorded at Sunset Sounds and Senora Studios in Los Angeles, was released.[1] The album's cover artwork has the band's name as Dappled Cities, without the word "Fly"; while this was done for artistic reasons at the time, by 2009 the band were calling themselves simply Dappled Cities. In 2007 the band toured with Sydney band Red Riders, and later recorded and released a cover version of "November Rain" with them. In February 2008 Boyce left the band, and was replaced later that year by drummer Allan Kumpulainen.


Dappled Cities' third album, Zounds, was released in Australia in 2009 and in the United States in early 2010.[3] The album received many positive reviews.[citation needed] Pitchfork gave the band 7.8 and noted that "Dappled Cities haven't quite acquired a big reputation outside their homeland yet, but it seems likely they will". The band toured during this period in New York and London while also doing a number of tours around Australia to positive reviews.[4] That same year, Derricourt managed to defeat Moore on an episode of Ready, Steady, Cook, claiming victory with a squid salad.

Lake Air[edit]

The band recorded their fourth album, Lake Air, throughout September 2011 at Megaphon Studios in St Peters, following recording sessions in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The recording was done with the assistance of Jarrad Kritzstein and the album released in July 2012.[5]

In 2013, the band collaborated with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for "The Future is Baroque", a Sydney Festival exclusive event pairing Dappled Cities' music with Baroque instrumentation. The band played as the supporting act at Death Cab for Cutie's "Codes and Keys" tour at the Palace Theatre in Melbourne, Australia.

The band returned from hibernation to play a sold-out show at Sydney's Newtown Social Club on the 5th of February, 2016. The show featured a number of new songs from the band's upcoming fifth album, tentatively titled "Tough Boyz". In May that year they released a new single, "That Sound".


Past members[edit]

  • Hugh Boyce – drums
  • Mark Bradshaw – keyboard



  • A Smile, released 18 October 2004, reissue released 11 November 2006
  • Granddance, released 11 November 2006
  • Zounds (#48 Australia), released 15 August 2009
  • Lake Air (#41 Australia), released 21 July 2012
  • Many Roads (B-Sides and Rarities Collection), released 17 January 2014
  • "Five" (to be released on 5 May 2017)

EPs and singles[edit]

  • "Be Engine/Sputnik" (2002) - double A-side
  • "Chameleon Girl" (2003) - with 6 B-sides
  • "Dead Bodies Where Their Mouths Were" (2003) - live studio recording EP with handmade covers
  • "Peach" (2004) - 200 copies only with pencil coloured covers
  • "Wimbo Park" (2004) - New Zealand EP release with selected tracks from earlier releases
  • "Cream" (2004)
  • "Die in Your Eyes" (2005) - Very limited split EP with the Tucker B's
  • "A Crooked Smile" (2006) - EP of remixes by guest "friends and countrymen" of songs from the album "A Smile"
  • "Fire Fire Fire" (2006)
  • "Vision Bell" (2007)
  • "Work It Out" (2007)
  • "The Price" (2009)
  • "Run with the Wind" (2012)
  • "Born at the Right Time" (2013)
  • "Lake Air" (2013)
  • "Many Roads" (2015)
  • "That Sound" (2016)


  1. ^ a b Rebecca Raber (May 2007). Dappled Cities. CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. pp. 18–. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  2. ^ Zuel, Bernard (22 Dec. 2004). Fly boys. Sydney Morning Herald (Metro supplement), p. 15
  3. ^ "Dappled Cities". Sydney Morning Herald, Bronwyn Thompson, August 21, 2009
  4. ^ "Live Review: Dappled Cities + Glass Towers + Panama - Oxford Art Factory (31.05.12)". The AU Review, June 2, 2012 Natalie Salvo
  5. ^ "Dappled Cities launch ‘Lake Air’ – with a little help from their friends. Vox Magazine, Jun 29, 2012

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