Premiere: Alphington – 'Jason, Jesus Loves You'

Friday, September 21, 2018

Melbourne band Alphington have released their debut single and video ‘Jason, Jesus Loves You’ today and it’s a special one.

It’s a song ultimately about lost love; being too scared and too young to admit that you want someone. Singer and lyricist Alif Thomas Dodds wanted to make Australian music, fit with references of the Great Ocean Road and Torquay, weaved with their Muslim background. Teaming up with Jules Pacoe of Jazz Party and Jaala fame and Angus Leslie from Sex on Toast, Alphington have made something akin to the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Bright Eyes.

The track is a strong introduction to the depth of Alphington’s earnest, warm sound.

Written by Anita Agathangelou



You can catch Alphington playing with Cold Hands Warm Heart tomorrow 22nd September at
Yarra Hotel Abbotsford. Click here for more information.

Now Playing: Ruby Fields – 'Dinosaurs'

Thursday, September 20, 2018

It’s been a massive week for Sydney artist Ruby Fields. Not only has she been announced on the Laneway 19 lineup, but she’s shaken up the music industry with her latest single ‘Dinosaurs’, and we promise it will make you fall in love with a whole new side of Ruby Fields.

The drop of her emotionally fired single ‘Dinosaurs’ is one of the sweetest blessings of the year. The track is a perfect reflection of her progression as an artist and maturity in her songwriting. Ruby Fields shows off a different side to previous singles ‘P Plates’ and ‘Ritalin’ with gorgeous vocals and a hint of true vulnerability.  The song gives listeners an insight into a deeply personal and emotional journey with its endearing openness – “I'm scared of the fact I've been to more funerals in my life than weddings / yeah I've lost some close mates of mine”. In true Ruby Fields style, the track hits with a final bang of confidence and power.

‘Dinosaurs’ is an alluring teaser of what's to come on her forthcoming EP.  And for now, we’ll be happy binge listening ‘Dinosaurs’ on-repeat.

Written by Montana Mincher (@montanammincher)



(Photo via Ruby Fields' FB)

Now Playing: Demo Taped – 'Everyone Else' (feat. Jaira Burns)


We're always excited when Atlanta electro-soul artist Demo Taped (the moniker of Adam Alexander) shares something new, and this time it's his single 'Everyone Else', which features the extremely talented Jaira Burns.

Demo Taped's new single is an ode to modern-day love and the pressures associated with it. On 'Everyone Else', he talks about feeling forgotten when everyone around him is glued to their screens. He notes that we've been conditioned to constantly sift through social media to see what our friends or crushes are doing, and as a result, we can sometimes lose track of reality.

You can listen to Demo Taped's new track (feat. Jaira Burns) below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


Now Playing: Emerson Leif – 'Twenty2'


After a busy year, Emerson Leif is back at it again with his new single 'Twenty2' — which is a sedative track inspired by cool summer nights.

The track's title 'Twenty2' is meant to represent the time left until the clock hits midnight. The purpose of 'Twenty2' is to capture the carefree energy and thrill of creating memories during the night. The single is electro-chill goodness and the gentleness of the production leads to instant relaxation. Emerson Leif's smooth vocals gracefully glide over the track's magnetic soundscapes splendidly. In a statement, he notes that the song was written whilst travelling on a plane, and feeling inspired by looking down at the world below.

If you happen to be feeling burned-out by the ways of the world, let 'Twenty2' wash away your troubles.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


Premiere: Robbie Miller – 'Baby'


Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Robbie Miller is set to release his new single 'Baby' this Friday and we're so thrilled to bring you a stream of it today.

Robbie Miller has racked up an impressive resume over the course of his career — he's a National Indigenous Music Award (NIMA) winner, has toured with his own shows and supporting shows, done Groovin' The Moo, St Kilda Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, BIGSOUND, and he works as a mentor for AIME (which is an organisation that offers mentoring for disadvantage suffered by Indigenous Australians).

His new single 'Baby' is a raw number discussing the commanding force that is love. On the single, he says that 'Baby' "is a song about seeing someone in a room and falling for them. And it’s a true story". Through his soaring vocals and sincere lyrics, he captures the hypnotic force that is love and attraction and showcases why his musicianship is so special. The single is a taste of what's to come on his highly anticipated debut album, due for release early next year.

'Baby' will leave you smiling all day and you'll enjoy every second of it.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Now Playing: Dahlia Sleeps – 'Storm'


Dahlia Sleeps, who is based in South London, unleashed their new single 'Storm' today and it will leave you feeling mesmerised. The single is the first release from their forthcoming EP Love, Lost,  which you can expect to hear at the end of the year. Along with the exciting announcement of new music, they've also signed with Beatnik Creative.

Immensely heartfelt, listening to 'Storm' is set to leave you with an abundance of feelings. Lyrically, their words are exquisite, especially lyrics such as "You only call when the night can cover us / you only come around here to dream / and I've been feeling things that I can't cover up / just tell me it's not as it seems". Lucy Hill’s sincere and profound vocals capture the track's narrative. Luke Hester's atmospheric production is a glorious combination when mixed with Hill's soulful vocal tones.

Until we're all gifted with their EP Love, Lost, we highly recommend that you devour 'Storm' over-and-over again.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Dahlia Sleeps has also shared the music video for 'Storm', you can check it out here.

Now Playing: Linn Koch-Emmery – 'Don't sleep on my luv'

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

If you're desperately in need of a dose of some energy, look no further than Linn Koch-Emmery's vivacious single ‘Don’t sleep on my luv’. The up-and-comer from Sweden is also set to release an EP soon, and if 'Don't sleep on my luv' is evidence of anything, it's that the release is going to be absolutely exhilarating.

The track features high-powered and blazing guitars that work to set the track alight. The percussion on 'Don't sleep on my luv' is also mighty and dynamic throughout the entire track, adding to its overall ferocity. Linn Koch-Emmery's vocals also possess a magnetic quality and work masterly with the rest of the elements.

Linn Koch-Emmery once again shows us all why she's one to watch.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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(Photo by Jasmin Storch)

Feature: The Anatomy of 'Summer Rain' with Carmody


South London singer-songwriter Carmody dazzles on her newly released single 'Summer Rain'. The soulful track sees Carmody fuse R&B influences with truly magical songwriting. She took some time out to share the story behind her new single with us.

 I wrote 'Summer Rain'… because I knew I had a love song in me, it was bubbling beneath all the ache that lost love can bring.

The story behind ‘Summer Rain is… I wanted to connect the fleetingness of a warm downpour in the summer, with that feeling you have when you fall in love and you live in your own beautiful bubble together for a while.

My favourite lyric is... 'Is this dreamwork, weaving patterns of light into each day'

It was made... between South East London and Chicago, with the very talented writer/producer Rahm Silverglade. We wanted to inspire people to take up dancing in the rain.

My main inspiration was... my 5-year old self, who's always enjoyed the rain and falling in love.

It sounds best... when you're wandering around London in rainy sunlight or driving somewhere dreamy with the windows down.



If you're in Germany this October, Carmody will be appearing in Berlin and Hamburg. Click here to find out more information.

Now Playing: Sunflower Thieves – 'Two Halves'


Folk-pop duo Sunflower Thieves shared their touching and personal new single 'Two Halves' earlier this month. Starring Amy Illingworth and Lily Sturt-Bolshaw, Sunflower Thieves started their journey around fifteen years ago when they met at primary school.

Their new single 'Two Halves' is an emotional track about an accident a close friend had, where she lost her memory as a result. Through their reflective lyrics, they talk about wanting to be there for their friend, but not wanting to intrude on her new life and new memories. Their vocal harmonies are full of heart and each word is supported by emotional depth. The gentle nature of the track, along with their mellowed guitar chords and rolling percussion, adds to the weight of their words.

If you're based in the UK, you can catch Sunflower Thieves playing a handful of sets this October and November. Click here to find out where!

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



(Photo by Lucy Beth Photography) 

EP Review: Ariel Beesley – 'Ariel Beesley'


Ariel Beesley creates pop music that not only makes you want to dance, but a unique brand of pop that places emphasis on the intricate art of storytelling. Listening to her music has the ability to transport you to another time — a world that makes you feel like you're Molly Ringwald in a John Hughes film. Her debut self-titled EP takes listeners through an assortment of relatable feelings like romantic mishaps, heartbreak, infatuation, and dating, as well as the importance of dancing off the anxieties associated with these feelings.

‘Awake All Night’ tells the story of a boy who lost his opportunity with a girl — “Go cry in a corner, it’s in the past / now you say you want her, you lost your chance”. Featuring boisterous guitars and feverish percussion, ‘Awake All Night’ has been designed to make you want to throw on your best dress and dance the pain away. The build-up towards the end of the track sees a resurgence of energy and you’ll struggle to stay still by the time you reach the end of the song.

Though the EP is bursting with an infectious energy that makes you want to dance, Ariel Beesley combines this exhilarating feeling with aspects of dream-pop. The EP’s second track ‘Mine’ opens up like a hazy daydream, before a dose of energetic synths hit. This dreamlike aura is prevalent across the track’s duration. ‘You Always Knew’ also feels like you’re caught amidst a daydream that you never want to snap out of — the exquisite combination of 80s synth pop and dream-pop works sublimely with her catchy lyrics. ‘Chase Me Around’, which is the EP’s closer, stars deep synths but maintains a tranquil vibe throughout.

I remember the first time I heard ‘Slower Than Usual’ in January and feeling extremely moved by the track — it’s been nine months since then and it still evokes the same imagery and emotions in my mind. The words “I fell in love with you last night, wish I could take you home tonight, oh, you dance so, so sweetly” bring to life all those feelings associated with your first crush and the thrill and infatuation that comes along with it. ‘Slower Than Usual’ also possesses an atmospheric quality, which is something that’s present in all her songs.

‘Love Me Better’ is reminiscent of Brandon Flowers’ (of The Killers) work on Day & Age, and the storylike energy he created on ‘A Dustland Fairytale’. ‘Love Me Better’ contains this absorbing and utterly captivating feeling and it’s exceptionally beautiful. ‘Love Me Better’ pulls you into a narrative that you want to get lost in.

Ariel Beesley’s debut EP is rich in dreamy and narrative-like lyricism and each track proves why she is one of the most underrated storytellers in pop music today.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


Now Playing: Sonia Stein – 'Lover'

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

London-based singer-songwriter Sonia Stein has unveiled her soulful new single 'Lover', which is a preview of what she has planned for her debut album, which is due for release in 2019. Produced by Liam Howe, the track delicately blends elements of contemporary R&B and pop and the finished product will leave you enchanted.

'Lover' has a meditative quality on a lyrical level — Sonia Stein tenderly sings about that point of comfortability you reach in a relationship where your lives have become intertwined and you've lost touch with other sides of yourself, such as your creativity — despite the need to re-explore yourself, this doesn't diminish the bond between the pair. Her vocals throughout the track's duration are enthralling, and each note is a reflection of the sentimental story behind the lyrics.

Sonia Stein's vocals are from another galaxy, and 'Lover' proves why she's such a special talent.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Premiere: YOMAEZ – 'I Hesitate'


Adelaide-based YOMAEZ continues to absolutely smash it in 2018, and this time it's with his new single 'I Hesitate'. The single follows in the footsteps of previous singles 'Dreaming', ''Anxious' and ‘One More Night’ (feat. Blooming) — each as impressive as the next.

'I Hesitate' is a candid and honest track packed with superb lyricism — including words such as "I'll never forget, all those words you said". 'I Hesitate' is much darker than his previous releases, but the end result is hauntingly beautiful.  Featuring sweeping electronic production, shadowy synths, and heavy percussion, the soundscapes perfectly capture the impassioned emotions behind the lyrics.

If you don't have YOMAEZ on your radar yet, you better be quick.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



News: The Laneway Festival 2019 Lineup Is Here!


Every year, Laneway Festival organisers gather all the best artists from across the world and 2019 is set to be one of their biggest yet.

They've rounded up massive international artists such as Denzel Curry, Jorja Smith, Rex Orange County, Smino, Parquet Courts and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, along with local favourites such as Gang Of Youths and Courtney Barnett, who are co-headliners, as well as Camp Cope, What So Not, Methyl Ethyl, G Flip, Skegss and Middle Kids.

Next year's edition of Laneway 2019 has something for all music lovers to devour and you don't want to miss it!

Visa pre-sale ticket sales begin 9am Thursday 20th September, general public tickets go on sale 9am Tuesday 25th September. Tickets and more information is available here.

FULL LINE UP:
Gang of Youths
Courtney Barnett
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (Only Australian shows)
Baker Boy
Camp Cope
Charlie Collins (East Coast only)
Clairo
Cosmo’s Midnight
Crooked Colours (East Coast only)
Denzel Curry (East Coast only)
DJDS (Excluding Adelaide)
G Flip
Jon Hopkins
Jorja Smith (Only Australian shows)
KIAN
Mansionair (Excluding Fremantle)
Masego
Methyl Ethel
Middle Kids
Mitski (East Coast only)
Parquet Courts
Ravyn Lenae
Rex Orange County
Ruby Fields (Excluding Fremantle)
Skegss
Smino
What So Not
Yellow Days (Excluding Adelaide)

DATES:
Saturday, 2nd February - Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sunday, 3rd February - SCA and Callan Park, Sydney
Friday, 8th February - Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide
Saturday, 9th February - Footscray Park, Melbourne

Sunday, 10th February - Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle


Now Playing: CLARA-NOVA – 'Cold Water'


French-American alt-pop artist CLARA-NOVA continues to shine, and this time it's with her latest single 'Cold Water'.

CLARA-NOVA brings so much energy to 'Cold Water', that you'll fall in love with the song instantly. The intricate soundscapes of 'Cold Water' are incredibly interesting — from the delicious guitar work, persistent percussion and eccentric mix of backing sounds, which add a degree of texture to the track. CLARA-NOVA's delicate vocals remain polished, and despite the ferocity of track's production, they work together harmoniously and maintain balance.

We're never disappointed by CLARA-NOVA's incredible sounds and voice, and we're eagerly anticipating her next move. Watch this space.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic

Now Playing: Evalyn – 'A Pill To Crush'


With the release of her EP Salvation coming up very soon, LA-based singer-songwriter Evalyn has shared a taste of what she has planned on September 28th with her new single 'A Pill To Crush'. The EP is set to feature seven enticing tracks that are a reflection of the seven deadly sins, with 'A Pill To Crush' representing wrath.

'A Pill To Crush' is highly addictive, and you can't help but feel lured in by her tantalizing vocals and the track's hypnotic energy. Surrounded by darkness, the track captures feelings of hopelessness. The intriguing narrative of 'A Pill To Crush' tells the story of someone who has given themselves fully to another human, losing their sense of identity in the process. The subject of the song has made themselves vulnerable and are then treated as if they're 'a pill to crush' by their supposed lover.

'A Pill To Crush' showcases Evalyn's astounding skill for crafting absorbing narratives that truly take hold of you. Salvation is set to be a must-listen.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Album Review: Future Generations – Landscape


Imagine that you’re an alien who is riding along in your spaceship in-transit to your new home on some obscure planet. You’re flicking through intergalactic radio and you finally find something that you can vibe with — there’s no doubt that the sounds that you’re hearing bursting from your spaceship is Landscape, the new album by New York-based band Future Generations. Landscape not only captures the thrill of finding solace in new surroundings but also what happens when the past remains etched in your memories.

The album opens up on a buoyant note with ‘Stranger’. The track presents the backdrop for the rest of the album — which is somewhere in-between new-wave futuristic pop and indie rock. The track’s opening line “this place is getting stranger”, which becomes a recurring motif during its duration, evokes a sense of displacement in an unfamiliar world. The majority of ‘Stranger’ would be perfect for a futuristic dance party. The last fifty-seconds of the track sounds like what it would be like to be caught in a time machine, with the vocals halting into the background and trickling-like textured percussion taking hold of the rest of the track. ‘Landscape’ appears chaotic and frantic through the use of stuttering percussion and buzzing synths. The track's most poignant words are “The plant’s been seeded now”, which conjure up feelings of acceptance of the past and willingness to move on. ‘All The Same’ stars the beaming sounds of synth-pop, but with powerful words such as “Don’t ever come back, while my heart’s still intact, I’ll hide ‘till you find me”.

Along with the upbeat synth-driven sounds that shine across the album, Landscape also features moments of pure euphoria. ‘Suddenly’ sounds like what it would be like to be caught in the daze of a daydream. The track’s fanciful lyrics encourage you to embrace the moment, “I don’t know you, and you don’t know me, but here we both are, so suddenly”. This hazy energy is also evident on ‘Caught Me By Surprise’. The track appears dreamy and atmospheric but features a pulse-like sound throughout the verses, which consequently adds a thrilling dose of elation. Both these tracks perfectly capture the feeling of becoming lost in the moment and finding peace in the present.

Another theme that remains prevalent on Landscape is the sense of longing. ‘Hurry Home’, which appears towards the end of the LP, features lyrics such as “I’ve been dreaming of your face all night” and “Oh your touch is all I think about when I am all alone”. These heartfelt words are paired with passionate instrumentals, such as a driving piano, fuzzy synths and punchy percussion.

Unlike the album’s opener, which was beaming with energy, The album’s closer ‘Incomplete’ is much more mellow and introspective. Whereas much of Landscape is spent in a whimsical world of thrilling chaos, ‘Incomplete’ sounds like the feeling when reality finally hits you. The lyrics are exceptionally beautiful, and hint at an emotional journey that’s involved a quest towards self-fulfilment — “You won’t believe how long I’ve been searching”. This hit of reality at the end of the album is a reminder that after the flashing lights and thrill of new surroundings, you’re left with an array of memories both of past and present.

Landscape proves that amidst the exhilaration of an adventure are raw and poignant feelings of self-contemplation and reflection.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

You can check out Future Generations' new album Landscape below:


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If you're in North America, you can catch Future Generations live this September and October. Click here to find out where.

Feature: The Anatomy of 'Last Night' with Beau Lightning

Monday, September 17, 2018

Earlier in September, Adelaide-based Beau Lightning hit it out of the park with his debut single 'Last Night'. He took some time out to share the inner workings of 'Last Night' and details on how the track came to life.

I wrote ‘Last Night'… quite a while ago now, like maybe started writing it 3 years ago. It wasn’t finished until late last year when all the production and 1% extras that make a song sound more like a record were complete.

The story behind ‘Last Night' is… basically about an experience I had when I was 7 or 8. I remember looking out my bedroom window and seeing a ghost or demon or something along those lines, depending on your beliefs. At least that’s what I thought I saw when I was that age and it scared the hell out of me. In the song, it’s kind of a conversation with myself using that experience to talk about whether or not god is real or what I believe. There is no answer by the end, just a conversation.

My favourite lyric is... “when I woke up this morning, I felt like, last night, something went down.” It’s hard to pick a favourite lyric, i see the whole song as one story. But I think the timing and phrasing of that lyric is cool, it’s fun to sing that part.

It was made… all over the place. Drums were recorded in an auditorium in the city. Guitars were recorded in my bedroom, the vocals, as well as some production and mixing, were done at the studio I actually live in now.

My main inspiration was… Queens of the Stone Age, I was a bit of a latecomer and only really got into them a few years ago, which was good because of the huge back catalogue, but I was listening to lots of them at the time so I think that definitely came out in the sound of the song.

It sounds best when… we play it live. There is this extended bit at the end in the live show where it drops down to just electric piano and slowly builds back up, instrumentally. It’s my moment to go for it on guitar, I start with some wah pedal and delay and slowly get the tone all fuzzed out. It gets pretty massive and then I just start to mess with knobs on my pedals and make some crazy sounds which is so much fun.

You can listen to 'Last Night' by Beau Lightning below:

Now Playing: Tia Gostelow – 'Phone Me'


Tia Gostelow gives listeners the best three minutes they could ever ask for with her new single 'Phone Me', which is due to appear on her upcoming album Thick Skin.

'Phone Me' is a dreamy wonderland of shimmering guitars, super sleek vocals and an infectious chorus, and the mix of them will absolutely enchant you. There's a thrilling sense of anticipation in the lyrics of the track. It doesn't take much to become hooked to 'Phone Me', and playing it endlessly on repeat will be the best decision you've made all day.

You'll be able to savour the best of Tia Gostelow's glorious tunes on 21st September when Thick Skin is released.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



You can catch Tia Gostelow celebrating the release of Thick Skin at the below shows:
13th October - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
18th October - The Lansdowne, Sydney
16th November - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
More information is available here

Feature: How to Do Life with Future Generations

Friday, September 14, 2018

NYC's Future Generations today (September 14) share their album Landscape, which has been released via Frenchkiss Records. The album is a personal record that was inspired by an array of life-changing moves — including the end of a relationship, a move to Brooklyn and navigating around new surroundings. They recently took some time out to share their advice on how to do life.

Get outside of your comfort zone:
This is probably the most important and all-encompassing key to growth. Always accept challenges that make you uncomfortable. At work, if you’re given a task you know little about and don’t feel capable of completing, figure it out, ask questions. Thinking about going away from home to school? Do it. Get away from what makes you comfortable. Meet people who are different from you and are from different places. Any time you’re uncomfortable there’s an opportunity to grow.

Be wary of those you surround yourself with:
You can’t grow if the people you spend the most time with won’t let you. Whether it be a lover or a friend, you need to be sure the people around you will give you room to grow. If those around you aren’t willing to explore, talk, debate or even argue, then you won’t find yourself learning and growing. You can’t agree about everything with those around you, what fun is that?

Be open-minded:
This sort of touches on the last one, but it’s so important it’s worth having its own paragraph. You need to be open-minded to grow. Don’t close yourself off to ideas that make you uncomfortable or challenge what you’ve always been used to. Listen and digest.

Turn everything off:
It’s very important to spend time with yourself and only yourself. Go for a walk without your phone. Turn the music off and just think. Think about anything and let your mind wander. Silence is good and being alone to just think can be so healthy.

Feed your soul:
If you’re stuck doing a job you don’t love, or you’re in school and just going through the motions, find that one thing you really want to do or wish you knew how to do. Whether it be playing the guitar, knitting, gardening, carpentry anything like that. All of it is good for your soul. And you never know, you could spend enough time with it to be able to turn it into a secondary or primary income.

You can check out Future Generations' new album Landscape below:


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If you're in North America, you can catch Future Generations live this September and October. Click here to find out where.

Interview: Keeping Jazz Alive with Demon Days


In the thick of their 'Magic Eye EP' tour, I had a chat with loveable and crazily talented Perth band Demon Days. We talked Jazz, their EP and live performing.

You are in Queensland’s capital for BIGSOUND, was that the Brisbane leg of your tour? How many dates have you done so far?

Bella: We had one in Adelaide — did a City Sounds in Brisbane and had a Perth show.

How are you finding tour life? 

Bella: It's very tiring and exhausting. But the shows are fun — it's kinda just the in-between that's strenuous.

Marley: I think you need to just remember to treat yourself.

Bella: Before we went on tour I got a massage.

Some bands want to give their audiences two different experiences. One with the EP and one being the live show. How much will the live show differ from the recorded version of Magic Eye. Will Demon Days gives us extended sections and go free-jazz on us?

Bella: We have a lot of improvisation in our set. The solos you hear on our EP will not be played live.

Mark: We try and keep it pretty loose keeping, true to the jazzy vibe. Our loose structures make it easier to play with each other and interact.

Bella: Compared to how chill I come across on the EP, I'm pretty energetic on stage. I think it comes from my dance background — I just want people to party with us.

The EP is very Jazz influenced, which is a genre that mainstream media sometimes ignores. How important is it to keep those genres alive?

Bella: I think we have those Jazz influences by accident. I personally write to how I'm feeling and I don't really care if other people like it. If they do, then that's great. But I think for us, it's very important to make music that we like playing. You can tell when a band likes what they are playing. You see it on stage when they are enjoying themselves.

Marley: And I think our influence has always been the Hiatus Kaiyote kind of thing. We're kinda just trying to put our own individual spin on it.

Mark: To a degree, I feel like it's just in our system.

Marley: We gravitate towards those kinda sounds naturally.

Bella: That kind-of LA hip-hop sound or early-jazz.

Even if you don't end up sounding like every single one of your influences, I find little specks exists somewhere. Do you have a favourite song on the EP that perfectly mixes them all and gets you all really excited?

Bella: I think everyone has a different song on the EP that they like.

Mark: I like '6056' a lot because it feels the most us.

Bella: That song does feel like us the most, but I like 'Moths' purely because I think it's beautiful and very different to everything else on the EP.

Whether intentionally or not, the Magic Eye EP is full of messages, especially the lyrics containing feminism chronicling the struggles and being strong as a woman. How important was it to you to express those messages?

Bella: Well, all my lyrics are autobiographical — I never write about things that aren’t true or that I haven’t experienced. I try to write from a place where I know I resonate with and obviously feminism is a huge part of that, being a female in a highly male-dominated industry. I have grown up learning how to overcome all the challenges that come with being female. Also, I went to an all-girls school, which can come with a nasty culture of competition, hence the meaning behind 'Daria’s Smile'.

Thank you for hanging out with me today! 

Bella: No thank you for having us!

Written by Roy Gordon (@yorgordon)

You can listen to Magic Eye by Demon Days below:

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You can catch Demon Days at the below shows:
16th September - Clancy's Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
12th October - Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Check out more information here

You can read our review of Demon Day's EP Magic Eye here 

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