Premiere: Introducing Easy Browns and their new single, Dam Eels
The Melbourne four-piece will be touring across the east coast for much of the next few months.
Easy Browns are a rising four-piece from Melbourne show specialise in this swirling, Australian rock sound that feels like they've taken the highlights from some of our essential genres - punk, pop, rock, psych-rock and indie all included - and condensed it into one distinct sound, ushering forward classic genres into the future as they move. In saying that, however, there are moments across their discography that feel unique and distinctly Easy Browns (a light-heartedness that charades lyrical themes of environmental catastrophe, for example); and together, this basically sums up the Melbourne group - versatile and rich with sound, but most-definitely in their own lane.
Their new single Dam Eels, the first from their forthcoming third album to arrive at a later date, feels like the perfect example of this. It's three-minutes-thirty of catchy pop-rock that marries hazy guitar riffs and thick instrumental layering with captivating hooks that'll earworm their way into your brain; the band's slight cheekiness only making it all the more catchy. Lyrically, however, Dam Eels is a far darker and brooding force, imagining a world without resources due to a lack of climatic action that reflects on the potential human natures that'll unveil during this time. "I have no doubt as to the animalistic regression into an archaic dog-eat-dog style of living," continues their frontman, Zak Brown.
The full record is set to arrive later this year and there's a full east-coast tour over the next few months that'll see them play everything from Queensland to Tasmania - full dates below - but in the meantime, dive into Dam Eels below, and better get to know the rising group while you're at it:
Tell us about yourself?
Hi, I’m Zak, the formidable leader and 1/4 of Easy Browns. I’m the music-loving domestic sharehouse goddess you’ve always dreamed of living with, fresh home-made kombucha, a variety of instruments played well into the night (midnight flute sonata?) and hot hearty meals on the regular. Lots of records, books, and I’m clucky like a chook, looking after others with love (sometimes tough) and expressing myself openly with warmth. This and that and try my best to consider the earth as best I can, frugal consumption, ambitious in reduction and a neat little garden.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
Easy Browns is the whacky projection of my mental state, we flirt with lovely melodies one minute and shred cooked chromatical riffs the next. Keeping the groove tasty and rolling amongst uncanny changes is a hard task but we aim to make it look easy (browns). I’m really inspired by the potency of lyrics such as that in Dead Kennedys, or the dark humour of Frank Zappa, I can’t stand shallow lyrics and boring music, give me something to think about, lets save the fucking earth with love and discipline, blow my mind with some crazy shit, I dunno just give it to me straight Doc.
What are your production and writing processes like?
I do a lot of my writing in the summer when I can sit on my front porch and not freeze my tits off, my songs usually start with wandering riffs that take ages to put together into a whole piece, I usually will have a theme in mind for a track and improvise the lyrics until they start forming punchy paragraphs. Although I do the writing, Shelby, Brodie and Liam tend to flavour their own parts, and we always track live as a band, we’re a family and we do a lot of growing together musically.
Can you tell us about your new single, Dam Eels?
Dam Eels is the first track we’ll be releasing off our third studio album, soft-sounding and warm in nature, a floating pop-rock number with acoustic instruments popping their cheeky heads in and out of the mix, the lyrics are imaginative yet brutal in their portrayal of human nature, when resources eventually become scarce due to climate pressures. I have no doubt as to the animalistic regression into an archaic dog-eat-dog style of living.
Any tour dates coming up?
We’re about to embark on our first-ever national tour now that you mention it! It has been a grand hustle doing so, I’ve organised everything myself (if you want it done right, do it yourself, we’ve tired outsourcing to bookers, but such a task really needs TLC)
FRI 16 AUGUST - LAUNCESTON - THE ROYAL OAK HOTEL
SAT 17 AUGUST - HOBART - THE BRISBANE HOTEL
FRI 23 AUGUST - BALLARAT - THE EASTERN
SAT 24 AUGUST - WARRNAMBOOL - THE DART AND MARLIN
FRI 30 AUGUST - BILLINUDGEL - BILLINUDGEL HOTEL
SAT 31 AUGUST - GOLD COAST - VINNIES DIVE BAR
WED 4 SEPTEMBER - BRISBANE - JET BLACK CAT MUSIC
SAT 7 SEPTEMBER - BRISBANE - THE BEARDED LADY
FRI 20 SEPTEMBER - MELBOURNE - THE TOTE HOTEL
What does the rest of 2019 have in store for you?
I'm buggering off to Vietnam after our tour, buying a motorcycle and immersing myself in the countryside, as soon as I get back I'm finishing off our next album and snapping back into the Melbourne muso life, you know the rest, shred ‘till your dead, fight the power, plant zucchinis.
Where can we find more of your music?
Follow Easy Browns: FACEBOOK