Introducing Sofala, who just dropped their swirling, psychedelic debut self-titled EP
They're about to hit the road with good pals TomGirl for a hefty run of shows.
Sofala are a Melbourne-based seven piece with a sound that brings to mind the likes of The Doors, Nick Cave and City Calm Down, which gives you some idea of a group with equal nods to the past and present, esepcially on their debut EP, Sofala. Released today, it's a swirling collection of sexy psychedelic-rock, packing a heap of swagger that's pretty damn irresistible if we're being honest. Recorded live to tape in a home studio, it's got a rough and raw feel about it that captures some of the band's energy, which is rapidly gathering them plenty of fans with some immersive live performances already seeing them play sold out shows and festials like Party In The Paddock.
To mark the EP's release today, we sent the guys a few questions to find out a little more, so chuck on the EP and get to know 'em a little better below:
Tell us about yourselves?
Sofala begun in a garage in Bathurst, NSW, where shared ideas, jammed and learnt from one another. We move to Melbourne a couple of years ago to pursue music and art and have since been welcomed into an incredible music community. We’ve been lucky enough to play shows week after week in pubs, clubs, festivals, on tour, on boats, in backyards and living rooms.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
Our main influences come from 70s and contemporary psych rock with elements of funk and groove rhythms. We developed as a band mainly through playing shows, and our performance has influenced the way we write in a way. We want to immerse an audience with sound and a performance, but also make them dance.
We recorded the EP mostly live to tape besides some overdubs of vocals and piano tracks. Obviously with the tape we had very limited takes so we had to be super tight when coming in to record. We rehearsed each song to a click over and over and over again until we could barely think. We went insane but I think it was worth it.
Can you tell us about your new EP?
The EP captures who we are at a certain point in time. It is raw, gritty and showcases some of the bigger moments in way of sound and dynamics. The songs were written quite some time ago now, and although we have progressed as musicians and songwriters since then, it’s still nice to be able to share a part of us.
Any shows coming up?
Yes! We are going on tour in February with our good friends TomGirl. We are playing shows in Sydney, Thirroul, Warnambool, Castlemaine and we are also putting on another mini-fest at The Tote in Melbourne which we will be announcing very soon.
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
After the tour we are going back into the studio to record, and are going to be spending heaps of time crafting and producing these new songs. It will be a fairly different process from last time.
Where can we hear more of your music?
Come to one of our shows! That is when we the songs are most alive, and we will also be playing new songs that aren’t on the EP.