Meet Empat Lima, who just dropped their wonderfully eclectic new LP, Cling, Clang, Clutter
The Melbourne trio just wrapped up an Aussie tour to celebrate, with more to come.
Empat Lima are a Melbourne trio who've already had a weird and wonderful career together, from participating in 24-hour art installations to performing with Indonesian post-punk bands in rice fields, their eclectic brand of garage-pop is ever-engaging, always surprising. Recently they've unleashed a new album Cling, Clang, Clutter, an LP that traverses 10 wonderful tracks difficult to pin down but always down to party.
They've just wrapped up a national tour to celebate the release, and we sent 'em a few questions to get better acquainted - check it out below:
Tell us about yourselves?
Empat Lima are a beat/garage-pop trio from Melbourne. Over the five years we’ve been together we’ve done an array of things through the band, like being in a 24-hour art installation, touring in Indonesia doing art collaborations and learning how to make film clips on the go.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
We mix it up a lot, as we’ve all got pretty diverse influences. But there seems to be an overarching theme where we draw upon inspiration from great women in music before us, putting our own spin on it as we jam things out.
This is more often than not a spontaneous jam that we record and come back to again and again. Sometimes it gels instantly, sometimes it's more like birthing a concrete block... maybe it's important to chip away at things sometimes over a long time, there’s a different quality of song that usually emerges from this process. But I do know the spontaeous songs always seem to maintain that sense of ease and lightness which seems to be more instantaneous for the listener too.
Can you tell us about your new album, Cling, Clang, Clutter?
This album is like a historical document, as it chronicles this state of transition the band has been traversing over the past few years. It was actually recorded in three different locations and times over this time period, so it is literally a bit of a time tunnel. The result is a kind of collision of sounds and worlds of all of our interests. The songs move from dreamy psychedelic landscapes to beat/pop and garage racket. It’s a pretty lively album and sounds so good on vinyl! It's exciting!!
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
Steph is about to head into a birthing cave actually, so we are taking a little breather. But we’ll be back. We’re already planning the follow-up tour.
Where can we hear more of your music?
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