Cedarsmoke return with a brand new single, Keep Passing The Open Windows ahead of the release of the new EP, Everything Is The Worst which is also out now.
In November, the band released their ode to Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in the single Pure Heroin. The single was paired with their first music video – an animated drug-fueled trip. Pure Heroin. Now, to follow that up – in pure Cedarsmoke fashion – they spin their dark-humoured, cynical lyrics and ambivalent outlook on life into their melancholic indie/alt-rock style. The band tell Hi Fi Way more about the EP.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Keep Passing The Opening Windows?
It’s definitely been the strangest build up we’ve had, watching the world slowly crumble from our living room definitely put a slight dampener on the whole thing but overall we’re happy with the way it’s gone.
Was the process of making your EP Everything Is The Worst as challenging as you thought?
The process actually turned out to run smoother than expected. We knew we wanted to record some acoustic piano and synthesiser effects off GarageBand but were a bit unsure of the logistics of doing that. Fortunately, we recorded at Incremental Studios and the engineer, Cam Smith was able to sort those things out for us easily.
How is the band making the most of the lock down right now?
Writing heaps and workshopping new material. Given the halt to performing, we’re hoping the extra time to focus on new songs will mean we get back into the studio sooner.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
This is tough for us to answer because our music tends to differ sonically from song to song, even on this EP. But, even though we use different instruments and sounds on different songs, at the core it’s still mostly the five of us just playing standard rock instruments.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Probably The Beatles. The idea of a band that constantly reinvents its sound while still maintaining that classic rock band formation has always appealed to us. Not to mention their brilliant and historic songwriting.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Never don’t not ever not give up or get down
How did the band get together?
We all met at school and became fast friends. Eventually, the half-serious talks about starting a band became more serious.
Are you looking to tour more broadly once the madness settles down?
Doing a broad tour is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and will try and make that happen as soon as possible after everything settles down.
What’s next for Cedarsmoke?
We’re hoping to get back into the studio as soon as possible and record another EP or possibly a full-length album.
What’s something interesting that most people wouldn’t know about the band?
We’ve gone at least five straight gigs without any on stage continence issues.
Interview By Rob Lyon