Premiere: Meet Sometime Sonny and his melancholic new anthem, Like Everybody Else
The Brisbane multi-instrumentalist tackles the 9-to-5 grind on the video for the single, premiering today.
Through his washed-out sonic landscape and sombre songwriting tone, Brisbane musician Sometime Sonny has come to impress. Like Everybody Else, his latest dreamy single, highlights this perfectly, combining melancholic lyricism with a swirling, psych-leaning instrumental that is intoxicating and easily repeatable. Today we premiere the video clip for the track, which sees Sometime Sonny continue to amplify the themes sung across the washed-out anthem by tackling the 9-to-5 grind head on, taking a "baseball-bat-approach" to the notion that when it comes to adulthood, everyone sorta becomes the same. "The video portrays the notion that I’m sure all of us have thought at one stage or another in our lives that we are just ‘like everybody else’, particularly in regards to going to work all day, coming home, and then doing it all again the next day,” says Sometime Sonny on the single's official video clip. "My friends, who star in the video, and I thought it would be cool if there were alternative copies of me getting ready for work and engaging in the same activities... and then rebelling against the ‘working for the weekend’ mentality that seems to take over as you grow older."
Quickly rising as one of Brisbane's one-to-watch in the indie-rock field, we flicked up a couple of questions towards Sometime Sonny to get to know the name a little better. Check them out below as you get washed up in his swirling aural landscape above.
Tell us about yourself?
I am a Brisbane boy, born and raised. Then again, my home away from home is the coast – I love to surf whenever I get the chance and visit my folks who live on the Southern Queensland coast. I am also a high school music teacher. It's great to introduce all kinds of students to music and see their faces when they first hear their recordings back (I help them to write and produce their own songs). Although, sometimes I think I learn from them as much as they do from me as they can pull out the best melodies or musical ideas without even realising… they're almost like co-writers of some of my music. It's awesome going to work and thinking about music all day and getting excited to write my own songs at night.
I have also played in a number of different bands over the years which I loved doing, but I wanted to give myself the opportunity to develop my own ideas and have a final product that is 100% mine.
What kinda tunes we talkin'?
I hate answering this question, I sound so 'dicky' no matter how I respond! Although, I like to describe my music through my influences - I like to think it sounds along the lines of a mixture of Sticky Fingers, Arctic Monkeys, Pond, Mac DeMarco, and Kurt Vile
I am very fortunate to work with one of my best mates, who is a brilliant musician and producer, Hugh Middleton (Mid Ayr) and another good friend Alex L'Estrange. Hugh is my producer and Alex is my mixing boy. Basically, I write a song and play it for Hugh, and it then kind of finds its legs as we record and bounce ideas off each other. We then send it off for mixing to Alex and he is like a magician, as it always sounds way better when I get it back. We record in Hugh's basement - dubbed the 'Luv Basement Studio'. It doubles as a bar for all our mates most nights of the week. I just like to write about things that are going on in my life. Sitting on the back deck with a beer in my hand and a lyric book is all I can really ask for to have a good day.
Can you tell us about your new single, Like Everybody Else?
The idea for the single came about one day on the way to work. I was sitting on the train and realised that I was scrolling through Facebook on my phone like everybody else and we were all wearing the same formal 'uniform' and I felt like we were losing a lot of our individuality. It's also just a feeling I had, I think I'm becoming more mature… when I was younger I think I had quite an ego and I thought the world revolved around me and that I was this cool young guy… which I definitely was not. So it was definitely a bit of a humbling experience writing the song. It's mostly just a reminder not to take yourself so damn serious.
Any shows coming up?
Yep, got plenty of shows coming up! Just working up our live show at the moment ready to kick off some gigs around Brisbane in early April - I'm super pumped to play our first show. I also have a bunch of new material that I will be releasing real soon and I'm looking to get stuck into some tours real soon. So, you can also be expecting to see my face in plenty of venues around Australia in 2018.
What's the rest of the year have in store?
Some exciting new releases, touring and playing some nice gigs.
Where can we hear more of your music?
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