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With album number five Everything Is Tenuous gearing up for release in February, Tassie pub-rock heroes Luca Brasi touch on the deep-rooted and traumatic events that led to this album.
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Having released three singles off the upcoming LP in an EP format late last year, vocalist Tyler Richardson reflected, “I guess they were the ones that were the most cohesive to put out at the time.”
“It’s almost as if those songs come together as a set so we wanted to release them to show people what the record has in store. The three that have been released have been pretty cohesive but we are about to release one that is completely different.”
Expanding on the lyrical side of Everything Is Tenuous, Richardson stated that the album is a reflection of “losing mates, regret and burning out.” When asked if there was a specific event to act as a catalyst for the albums theme he thoughtfully responded, “I think it was kind of both.”
“There is one song on there in particular that is kind of about a culmination of different things coming to the point that I was just like, ‘fuck how is this still happening?”
“A lot of the other songs are trying to understand the concept of loss and change, it was a theme that was definitely brought forward by a few events but the album in itself is kind of an amalgamation of a bunch of different things that I tried to consider it as a whole.”
Touching on the album’s theme, the conversation naturally turned towards the notion of listening to sad music when you are sad and why it’s such an instinctive reaction when someone is upset.
A lot of the other songs are trying to understand the concept of loss and change, it was a theme that was definitely brought forward by a few events but the album in itself is kind of an amalgamation of a bunch of different things that I tried to consider it as a whole.
[ Tyler Richardson ]
“The last couple of days I’ve been listening to Jason Isbell and a bunch of really sad stuff and I don’t feel sad at all, I’m in a really good headspace. But that’s an interesting concept, I was actually thinking about it last night; ‘why the fuck do I keep putting this song on repeat when I don’t actually feel any emotion to tie me to it?”
“But when I was writing this record there was a bunch of stuff I was listening to or nothing in particular to lean it towards being happy or sad. I kind of feel like there is no rhyme or reason to it, it’s just what strikes me at the time.”
“That is just how I write, it’s very introspective. I was listening to someone the other day and thinking, ‘how do they write songs from someone else’s perspective’ because I wouldn’t know how to properly do that. I feel like I need my own experiences and headspaces to feel honest and reflective of how I am at the time.”
Working alongside longtime friend, collaborator and legend of the Melbourne music scene Darren Cordeux (Kisschasy) for the album, Richardson spoke of the impact his production has on the bands overall sound.
“He’s such a fucking legend. He just has no ego either way.”
“Darren’s biggest thing which is awesome, is that pop and melodic sensibility that is so good to hear another perspective on.”
“As I write stuff I send him ideas and he will say, ‘maybe try to repeat that line,’ or change the way that the phrase was put together. It’s so weird because the final effect can be so different to what you’ve been working on tirelessly and heard so many times and tried everything you can think of and he’ll change a tiny part and the whole song is so much better.”
With Everything Is Tenuous being released last week, Tyler finished the interview on this incredibly humble statement, “Thanks for listening to us for so damn long. We have been a band for 10 goddamn years so if you are still there and listening with us, I just want to say thanks, it’s been a bloody pleasure. If it ended tomorrow or if you hate the album thanks anyway for giving it a listen.”