Meet Perth's HAIRCARE and their dreamy new single, Young Muscle

Meet Perth's HAIRCARE and their dreamy new single, Young Muscle

They'll be launching the shoegaze-esque single at Mojos on April 13.

While artists like Hatchie push dreamy, shoegaze-pop into the 'mainstream' over east, Perth bands such as Dream Rimmy have been doing similar things over here for years now – stripping things right back to their core to create simplistic, washed-out landscapes that give you this refreshing feeling. HAIRCARE, a recently-formed new group out of Perth, are doing similar things but with a slightly electronic tinge to it, adding a touch of synth to the mix to create a woozy, unique sound that distances themselves from the norm – a much-needed relief. They're launching the single on April 13th at Mojos Fremantle (full details at the end of this article), but before that goes down, get to know HAIRCARE and their woozy sound a little bit better.

Tell us about yourself?

Most of us used to play in an older Perth band called Spaceman which came to an end last year but we’ve been itching to do more so we got our mate Oscar to jump on drums and voilà, HAIRCARE. Everything’s more stripped back and simple this time around but that’s the way we’re liking it. It’s kind of a strange feeling to be back with a new project because we feel like the new kids on the block again, but it’s actually really refreshing and gives us room to breathe.

What’s the vibe music-wise?

I would say it’s definitely got some synth pop persuasions, but with an overall relaxed, slower feel. It’s also a tad lo-fi which seems to be an on-going theme, I think we’re just obsessed with the off-edge vibe it brings.

What are your production and writing processes like?

Most of the songs we have lined up are constructed from ideas and demos that Brod has been cooking over the past couple of years since the old band broke up. He brings an idea to the rest of us and we work on the sound and structure together until we think it’s got to where it was meant to go (or sometimes where it should never have gone). As for production, we use Brod’s 8 track tape machine to try and get that natural open sound, usually playing the foundation parts live as a band then overdubbing details. We’re definitely trying to create a lot more space with this project than what we’re used to, which as a musician can feel uncomfortable but I think it’s an important thing for us to aim for.

Can you tell us about your new single, Young Muscle?

Yeah, it’s a fun little synth diddly that delves into some of the issues of self-confidence and dealing with problems as a young person. Picture us behind some synths spending ages getting the tones right.

Any shows coming up?

Yes! We’re launching Young Muscle this Friday (13th) at Mojo’s in Freo. Our mates Lana, Noah Dillon and DJ ChipSlut will be helping us out.

What’s the rest of the year have in store for you?

Well I’m heading away for 3 months next week so we’ll be having a little break first up (bad timing, I know). We’ve almost finished an EP though so it will be straight back at it when I get back. So yeah, lot’s more releases!

Where can we find more of your music?

You might have to sit tight for a bit because this is our first release but there’s definitely more to come soon!

Young Muscle Single Launch (click through the poster for more info):

haircare single launch


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