Premiere: Perth's LATE 90s end their year with a searing new song, Standing There

Premiere: Perth's LATE 90s end their year with a searing new song, Standing There

With their fourth and final song for the year, the West Australian breakthroughs arm themselves with an exciting sound to come.

The last year has been bountiful for Western Australia, with a string of incredible breakthrough artists making themselves known throughout the last 11 months. One of those was punk outfit LATE 90s, a newcoming four-piece who after a couple of introductory shows early in the year, made a run for it with a string of consistent singles throughout the year - releasing their debut single Echoes back in February, before another - Friends - in April and a third titled June in July, just to make things a little confusing.

With these singles, LATE 90s have become an explosive addition to Perth's musical output in 2021; the group - comprised of Steve Loreck (vocals, guitar), twins Zaac and Brody Morgan (guitar; bass) and Elliot Lee (drums) - digging into a tapestry of influences spread throughout alt-rock, grunge, punk and indie to create energetic work of their own, often intertwined with intimate lyrics that dissect their ever-changing world.

Now, we're stoked to welcome yet another notch under their musical belt, as we premiere their fourth and final song for the year in Standing There, a searing and exciting taste of what's to come from the band in future years. Premiering today ahead of its official release tomorrow (November 11th), Standing There welcomes a deeper edge to the band's sound, capturing the more anthemic qualities of their work as they dig into a larger pool of influences, and create music that seems to encapsulate the high points of each of these acts.

"This song originated during a writing session with Zaac and I at the Hen House rehearsal studios. I was playing the verse riff and zaacs ears spiked up, saying 'hang on, play that again, that sounds like Kings of Leon'.  I was surprised as I didn’t think much of it," the band says on the single. "A couple weeks later I started working on the song, writing the first verse and chorus, and then sent a demo to the boys a few days later. The second verse took some time to write as we had many different ideas for it, but finally got it down pat. We then worked on the bridge with help from producer Matt Templeman. The first verse in particular exhibits vocal influences from Slowly Slowly, with the instrumentation and vocals for the rest of the song paying homage to leading influence at the time, Violent Soho."

Written in the same time period as their already-released work, Standing There concludes an exciting introductory chapter for LATE 90s as they continue to strive from strength to strength throughout their debut year, with Standing There being a song that polishes it off while pointing at things to come. "It depicts the songwriting style and direction with which we wish to take our music," the band continues; the suggestion of more to come in the horizon.

The band are launching the track at Amplifier Bar on November 19th, but before then, take a dive into Standing There as it premieres below, and keep a watchful eye on LATE 90s as they reach new heights in the year to come:


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