Premiere: Meet Garage Sale and their debut EP, You Don't Have to Grow Up
Arriving a few days ahead of its full release this Thursday, the EP sets the Lennox Head band as one-to-watch going into the new year.
One thing we've really tried to drill in over the last few months is how much talent extends outside of the capital city centres, in regions that often don't get quite the same treatment as those in the Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane hubs (and, to a lesser extent, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart too). Lennox Head - the surfer's region just south of Byron Bay - and its surrounds are an area included in this, putting out a bunch of great new bands over the last few years: WHARVES, Seaside and a bunch more all included within that.
No different are newcomers Garage Sale, who we're introducing you to today through the vessel of their debut EP You Don't Have To Grow Up - a five-track release premiering on Pilerats today ahead of its greater release this incoming Thursday (November 14th). It's a guitar-rich five tracks that explore how deep their indie-rock sound can go, taking the old-school Australian rock sound defined by groups including You Am I and international counterparts such as Dinosaur Jr and Pavement, then flipping it on its head, incorporating elements of punk-rock and indie-pop into the mix as they go.
The end result is a collection of tracks that feel vastly different from one another while still sharing the same, Garage Sale characteristics; their versatility and range on feature display as they pave their way into new sounds and explore new territories. "This EP is a collection of songs I wrote the year after high school when I moved out of home for a year to live in the city," says the band's lead vocalist, Dan Sullivan, on the EP. "I guess there are alot of those growing up kind of themes intertwined as i was discovering how to live as an adult and fend for myself."
It's a brilliant introduction to the group-on-the-rise, so while you dive into the EP below, be sure to introduce yourself to the group while you're at it:
Tell us about yourselves.
We are three ratbags from the northern rivers. I have been releasing singles here and there under the Garage Sale name since late 2017 but we weren’t really a band until a year ago. I try to write songs based on my experiences growing up and learning lessons along the way. I keep the lyrics simple so they are relatable yet layered.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
We draw influence from our favourite loud indie bands from the 90s but we all have a diverse music taste that ranges from US surf and garage to post-punk and Aussie pub rock.
What are your production and writing processes like?
I write and demo the songs myself and for our polished recordings we get together as a band in the studio to make it sound big.
Can you tell us about your new EP, You Don't Have To Grow Up?
This EP is a collection of songs I wrote the year after high school when I moved out of home for a year to live in the city. I guess there are a lot of those growing up kind of themes intertwined as I was discovering how to live as an adult and fend for myself.
Any tour dates coming up?
In December we are playing our very first fezzy show at Festival Of The Sun. This is a huge deal for us to share the stage with some of Australias premier live acts.
What does the rest of 2019 and beyond have in store for you?
For the rest of this year, we are preparing new material - as I said the songs for this EP were written a while ago so we are frothing to get in the studio and record our brand new stuff. Expect more music sooner than you think.
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