Meet Alt Fiction, who make beach-ready indie with their debut single, All My Friends
Hailing from Queensland's south-east, the trio's debut single introduces them as an exciting, fresh new face to indie-pop.
Header image by Kirsten Roe.
Australia is very quickly becoming recognised as a hub for summer-y indie-pop, and the next generation is a large reason for that. Over the last two years particularly, Australia's distinct brand of sun-soaked, bright-eyed guitar-pop has become characteristic of the country's future stars, whether it's through acts quickly escaping the isolation barrier to become unexpected break-out stars in international markets, or acts popping up here, there and everywhere back home; each adding their own distinct touch to the sound's catchy rhythms and uplifting melodies.
Alt Fiction are a group more-so in the latter category, only just having dropped their debut single the other week, but it'll be a disservice to not count them as future competition when it comes to the former category too. Formed by the beaches of south-east Queensland, Alt Fiction are a rising trio in Australian alt-pop that pluck the uplifting euphoria from this sound and position with moments a little deeper; their lyricism, as they say, perfect for the 'friend' going through a bit of an existential crisis (in other words, there's often something a little deeper going on than your standard 'beers and beach' surf-rock).
Their debut single All My Friends showcases this perfectly, introducing the group and what they're about in the span of just three-minutes-thirty. It's a charming, catchy track that feels reminiscent of the promise held by San Cisco and The Jungle Giants in their earliest work, capturing that sense of incoming potential that's sure to aid the group in surging to the upper echelon of Australia's names of tomorrow. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly where this sense of potential comes from - the hazy vocal melodies, the rich guitar work, the light-hearted but focused aura that surrounds the track's rhythms - but it definitely shines through, and that gives something to be really excited about.
It's clear that All My Friends isn't just as a one-trick-pony either. While All My Friends may be their debut single, a cover of EGOISM's captivating You You proved a stand-out highlight in recent weeks, and there's plenty more to come too. In the meantime, however, lose yourself in the collected calm of All My Friends below, and better introduce yourself to the group while you're at it:
Tell us about yourself?
Fresh on the scene we’re a trio of dudes that have way too much in common. You can usually find us in a bedroom writing demos on an iMac that is slower than Scomo enacting climate change policies. We look pretty similar too, probably because we’re brothers.
What’s the ‘vibe’ music-wise?
For lovers of laid-back indie who’s ‘friend’ is going through an existential crisis.
What are your production and writing processes usually like?
We’ve been writing together since we could half-decently play our instruments. The only thing that’s changed is the fact that we can record demos from home now. We usually just take turns on the computer tweaking the track until we get sick of it and then the next one jumps on.
Can you tell us about your new single, All My Friends?
We wrote All My Friends in our friend’s caravan that is basically parked on the beach. It was super sunny, warm and we had a beer in one hand most of the time. It’s weird because the song felt so relatable when we wrote it, but as soon as we released it, the world basically went into isolation and going to the beach was pretty much off the cards. So it pivoted the track from the feel-good summer vibe to a strange nostalgia for when we could just go to the beach with all of our friends.
What does 2020 have in store for you?
We did have a bunch of cool shows lined up that will probably end up taking place at the tail end of the year instead. But in the meantime, we’ll definitely be getting more music out.
What do you want people to take away from the project?
We want to be a band that you can listen to in ten years and still love. We want to make music that people feel connected to.
Where can we find more of your music?
Check back in like 6 weeks. Maybe a Pilerats premiere ;)