Rising pop punk heroes Split Feed are thrilled to share the music video for their latest track Dwell, a melodic, driving ode to moving on from a love lost. Alongside the clip comes the announcement of the band’s highly anticipated extensive east coast tour in support of their sophomore EP Second Skin out November 8. The run will see the band hit stages in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong and Brisbane with their explosive live show. The band answers some questions for Hi Fi Way about the tour.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single?Slooooooow. We are super proud of Dwell and couldn’t bloody wait to release it, and time tends to drag out a fair bit when we have a song waiting in the wings, but it felt extra-long this time. With our last single Trinkets we ran around Newcastle putting posters up promoting the music video, but with Dwell we kept the promo simple and just put it out there, and we’re super stoked that it’s out in the world!
Was the process of making Dwell as challenging as you thought?
Dwell has been in our live set for well over a year now, and the version you hear is pretty close to the original version Joe whipped up in 2018. We went into the studio thinking it would need the least work (of course), but our producer and full-time legend Fletcher Matthews suggested some structural changes and added some vocal layers that we loved and made the song so much more complete. But compared to the other songs on the EP, it was fairly cruisy!
Sonically, how would describe your music?
If Taking Back Sunday grew up on the east coast of Australia.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music?
As a band our core influences have remained fairly similar over the past couple of years, with pop-punk, punk rock and emo bands leading the charge – acts like Pup, Luca Brasi, Basement and Jimmy Eat World. But we all have our own go-to bands and artists when it comes to song writing. Adam and Brad are huge Oso Oso fans, Joe takes a lot of inspiration from Tiny Moving Parts and The Story So Far, and Will draws from bands like Taking Back Sunday. Lyrically we love anything that presents itself as “uplifting emo” – our new favourite phrase.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
“Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything for anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter where. Or who, or who you are with, or where you are going or… or where you’ve been… ever. For any reason, whatsoever.” – Michael Scott. Office quotes aside, we’ve been told multiple times to not take ourselves too seriously. Every time we get too indulged and invested in “trying to make it” to the point where it’s becoming unenjoyable, we just have to remind ourselves that playing music is meant to be fun – so we make it fun!!!
How did the band get together?
Will, Joe and Brad met at high school (shout out to St Pius Adamstown) and formed the band a couple years later in year 11 (shout out to St Francis Xavier Hamilton), then in 2016 Adam slotted in on the bass and we became a four-piece! And thus, a happy family was born.
If you were to curate your own punk / rock festival, what would your dream line-up be?
Putting together a dream festival is a brilliant way to pass the time, so we’re going to go with: blink-182 headlining (Tom Delonge is back and they’re only playing songs pre-2005), Panic! At the Disco playing A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in full, plus Jimmy Eat World, Pup, Stand Atlantic, Waax, Jacob, and to please our own fantasy Split Feed is opening up the fez!! Tix on sale soon.
Interview By Rob Lyon
Catch Split Feed on the following tour dates…