Exclusive: Introducing The Gusset and their debut EP, Sunsets & Phets
Catch the WA four-piece as they launch their EP at Jack Rabbit Slim's on March 10.
Mandurah-based indie-rock outfit The Gusset have already started turning heads over the past twelve months, but now, with the release of their debut EP Sunsets & Phets, it wouldn't surprise us to see them break out amongst Perth's continually growing indie-rock market. Arriving ahead of its official release on Friday, today we're premiering the group's five-track EP, which explores a summery indie-rock flavour partially reminiscent of acts such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the band's influences, but with a more surfy, Australian feel to it that makes it a touch more unique. It arrives with a headline EP launch on March 10 at Jack Rabbit Slim's (more details and pre-sale tickets available HERE), but before that goes down, listen to the EP and get to know the Mandurah band and their unique sound a little better as they walk through their EP, their writing processes and more.
Tell us about yourselves?
We're a four-piece indie-rock band from Mandurah, who started out in 2016 as friends who enjoyed playing music together. Naturally, we began gigging, and have been for a little over a year. Over that time we wrote and recorded our debut EP Sunsets and Phets.
What's the vibe music-wise?
In terms of the type of music we like to write, we try to write it so it builds to create a big sound with intensity. In recordings, we try to reflect our live sound, but still utilise the perks of the studio to our advantage. Genre-wise, indie rock is probably the best fit, and people say they can hear influences from the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers through to Ocean Alley. We have a lot of different influences that combine between the four of us when we write, so I suppose our music is a reflection of that.
What are your production and writing processes like?
We like to work on all aspects of the songs together. Our bassist Ryan does all of the tracking and production for us, but the whole band has an equal input for all instruments. In terms of writing it's pretty similar to how the music is produced. Our songs are written by jamming ideas out and getting a rough idea of how the track would sound finished. Once the core structure is down, our singer Jack will begin writing lyrics. Once happy with how a song has come together, we begin recording. We all had some pretty cool improvised moments in the studio while recording the EP.
Can you tell us about your new EP?
The EP consists of 5 tracks, all written over an eight week period. Jack wrote the lyrics mostly about personal experiences and events. Initial conversations about recording an EP started probably a year ago, so it has been a lot of time and effort to get it finished. This is actually the first major musical project any of us have undertaken, so there was a lot of learning along the way. We're all pretty happy with how it's come out and hope it is received well. It's going to be available on Spotify, Apple Music and all other major music streaming platforms and February 8th.
What have you got in store for us in 2018?
2018 is looking like a pretty big year for us. We're launching the EP at Jack Rabbit Slim's on March 10th, which we are all pretty excited for. Other than that we're working on a bunch of new songs, one of which is a single we plan on releasing soon. On top of that, we have some other pretty exciting things in the pipeline so stay tuned!
Where can we find more of your music?
This is our debut EP, so apart from some older live takes, this is all we'll have out. However, we have already started work on a second EP and plan to have that ready to go before the end of the year.
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