Sydney quintet The Sunday Estate are thrilled to unveil their lively, short and sweet third single Let’s Stop Pretending, and an accompanying video. Crafting a delicate, Brit-pop infused brand of “Nostalgia Pop”, the warm familiarity in The Sunday Estate’s music compliments a fresh perspective on sounds reminiscent of the likes of The Cure, New Order, The Strokes and Phoenix.
Written just right after vocalist & guitarist Conor O’Reilly finished watching Netflix’s cult teen rom-com, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Let’s Stop Pretending follows the all too familiar narrative of two friends who are both madly in love with each other but ignore their feelings to preserve their friendship. Conor and Tom from the band answer some questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single?Conor: Personally, I always find the build up to the release of a single at any time really nerve-racking. Its an anxious process and I think we all want the best to come out of each individual release and we really want people to like the music, you just never know what the reactions might be! But nonetheless we love getting our stuff out there, and can’t wait to release more in the future!
Was the process of making Let’s Stop Pretending as challenging as you thought?
Conor: At first we were stumped as to how it was going to work in the studio, we were really conscious of trying to capture the energy of when we play it live, but it was that Ryan decided that recording the song without a click track and just playing it in the studio as if we would live worked the best, and that’s why we think it captures that energy really well! Other than a bit of extra percussion and some feedback guitars pretty much everything was recorded live in one single take!
Sonically, how would describe your music?
Conor: Sonically, were a hearty dose of Nostalgia Pop. Ideally music that you AND your mum will listen to and love. (Conor)
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Conor: Currently we are all huge fans of Matty Healy and The 1975, the fact they can effortlessly span so many genres and still keep the attention of their fans is really inspiring, they’re slowly becoming the voice of a generation they’re all about using their platform for good and that’s something that we really want to do if we have the opportunity.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Conor: Good artists borrow, great artists steal.
How did the band get together?
Tom: Initially Conor and Sven- who worked together at Topshop, had tossed the idea around of starting a band after Conor’s previous band unfortunately didn’t work out. I was lucky in that Conor and my girlfriends were childhood friends, so he reached out to me asking if I wanted to join in. We played together for a few sessions before recruiting Finn on bass, who knew Conor from way back in primary school. Not too long after that we invited Dave who we knew from another band to round out the bands sound, after we realised we couldn’t recreate what we’d done in the studio with only 4 people on stage. I think it all came together so senselessly because we’re all really dedicated to carve out a section for our own in the music industry. We all get along as friends and all love the same sort of music, so that obviously helped a lot too!
You mention the single is based off a Netflix film. What inspired you to write a song about the story, and where else do you find inspiration?
Conor: I am a huge sucker for Rom com films, and this film just caught me by surprise and made me feel like I was a part of the movie as some sort of observer. I really liked the way the characters were and the core of the story, I guess the crux of the story was about “Pretending” so that set me on a path to write my own little story and the music shortly followed.
As for the rest of our inspiration I tend to get it when listening to other artists’ music, constantly trying to figure out what songs make me feel and how I can replicate that without obviously ripping a song off. Or there will be a general idea I want to write about and i just have to find the right way to show the story or paint the picture in lyrics and try and replicate the emotion in the music. Influence really can come from anywhere.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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