Premiere: Meet Archy Punker, who aren't slowing down with Forget About It
The Wollongong surf-rock band are the latest to prove the region's domination in the genre.
We've spoken fairly endlessly about how bands like Hockey Dad have become defining forces in establishing Wollongong as a hot-spot for gritty, sun-soaked surf-rock, paving an exciting lane that now, many of the most exciting newcoming bands are travelling up. Wollongong surf-rock is almost an entire genre in itself; the jangly melodies and larrikin-ness a touch more summery and relaxed when compared to the surf-rock you might find from Queensland or West Australia, and while all the bands have differences that set them aside as unique musicians, it's pretty obvious when a band's from Wollongong - you can just feel it.
Archy Punker are a Wollongong-based five-piece which encapsulate this perfectly, whether it be through their light-hearted melodies and bright sheen, or in that hazy DIY shading that finds itself intertwined with their work. Originally starting as a solo project of Kyle Willoughby, the band have since grown to become Illawarra heavyweights that count Ruby Fields and West Thebarton as tour mates and fans, proving to be just of a force on the live scene than they are in the recorded format; the latter of which they're bringing to the table today with Forget About It.
Forget About It is a captivating burst of energy from Archy Punker that's gritty and explosive, bringing that chaotic fun energy to the table as they bring jangly guitar melodies together with expansive drum rolls and punchy vocals. It's heavily-layered and full of flavourful punches, but everything seems to jigsaw into place to ensure things don't sound too crowded or chaotic - a sign that the band really know what they're doing in this space. Dive into Forget About It below, and better introduce yourself to the group while you're at it:
Tell us about yourself?
We are a five-piece rock band from Wollongong, we have been kicking around for a few years now, our lineup has changed over the years along with our sound, There are five of us now but you can often see us playing in a three or four-piece depending on the work schedule.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
We have like a surf rock/classic rock vibe, maybe like Modest Mouse mixed with Waaves sorta thing, The best way to find out is to come to one of our shows we like to mix it up
What are your production and writing processes like?
I like to write a few ideas down and marinate on it for a few weeks/months and when it starts to click we get the band together and jam it out, it sounds much better once everyone puts there spin on it
Can you tell us about your new single, Forget About It?
Forget About It talks about all the shitty things In life that we all go through that stress you out and how was important to take a step back and relax and just forget about it, We also really wanted to emphasise our live sound in this track so we spent much more time working on the guitars on this one, hope you all enjoy
Any tour dates coming up?
Yeah we are in the process of putting something together now so keep an eye out.
What does the rest of 2019 have in store for you?
Well the years nearly finished so we’re definitely gonna play as many shows as we can before the end of the year and start working on our next EP.
Where can we find more of your music?
On all your favourite streaming platforms, You can also find a lot of the older stuff on our Bandcamp, so if you want to do a deep dive you can see how we have changed our sound over time.
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