Emerging WA band Cloning have released their ethereal new single All Rise, an introspective track that questions morality and is influenced by Nordic mythology. The group have also released an impressive self-made cosmic claymation film clip to accompany the song. To celebrate the release of All Rise, Cloning will be playing an exclusive show at the Indian Ocean Hotel in Scarborough on March 13.

All Rise pays homage to triphop auteurs Portishead while also evoking influences from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Radiohead. Recorded and mixed by Dave Parkin (Gyroscope, Karnivool) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Cage The Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood), this atmospheric track is the perfect soundtrack to a warm, hazy summer, with shining synthesisers, ample mandolin, cinematic guitar and idiosyncratic vocals. The band answer some questions for Hi Fi Way about the single.

How has the build-up been leading up to the release of All Rise?
It’s been exciting but also a mad dash. We made our own music video using stop motion claymation but we had to fit the filming just after we got back from our first tour and before the deadline our publicists had given us! But we managed it after a lot of long nights and it was totally worth it.

Was the process of making your single a challenge or was it a simple process?
Making a Cloning song can be a bit of a headache because we get so obsessed and caught up in our own heads about it! Luckily this song actually came together relatively quickly for us so we didn’t have to struggle with that too much. Often we’ll fuss over our parts a lot and replace or tweak them. But with this one for whatever reason everyone’s parts just came together quite quickly.

Sonically, how would describe your music?
A little spooky, a little poppy and a little bit sad at the same time.

Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Probably Radiohead. We all have different artists who’ve influenced our playing but Radiohead is the one main act which we all share. I think we’re all really drawn to the unique mood their songs have, aswell as how innovative their music is, which is super inspiring.

Best piece of advice you have been given?
It’s a bit corny but to not give a fuck. When you’re writing music or recording vocals in particular I’ve found it easy to get to worked up and self-critical. Sometimes you just need to trust yourself.

How did the band get together?
Jack, Nic and I met during school and we met Bevan when he moved to Perth from Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie is a goldfields mining town in regional WA. We all were into music and had some similar tastes so we just clicked and it went from there.

Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Yeah, we went over East for the first time late last year and we’re hoping to repeat that sometime this year!

What’s next for Cloning?
Releasing more music and playing more shows generally speaking. We have a lot of recorded music finished and ready to share throughout this year but we’re also working on a lot of newer material from home. We’ll also share a few more claymation music videos and hopefully head over East again.

If Cloning were a pizza, what kind would you be and why?
A Margherita pizza with no fresh tomatoes. Because thats the best kind of pizza.

Interview By Rob Lyon

Cloning launch All Rise at the Indian Hotel, Scarborough WA

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