Australias favourite musical misfits and auteurs of Aussie hip hop, Butterfingers are back, breaking hearts and bones (mostly their own) with a killer new single, Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum). Confident and with more ecstatic energy and sharp lyrical wit than ever before, Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) is classic Butterfingers. After a fourteen-year long album release cycle, this hectic new track is the first taste of a brand new Butterfingers album, Bad News which is out now. Evil Eddie answers some questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Bad News?
Absolutely Hectic. Writing, recording and mixing the whole thing ourselves has been challenging enough and now COVID-19 comes along and our tour is cancelled. It’s like everything is stacking itself against us at the moment but we’re positive and everyone’s doing it tough so no point complaining. Just get it done!
Do you feel jinxed by the album title?
Yes and no. Considering the topics and themes on the album, it’s super timely. I mean, the next clip, we are dressed as news readers delivering the ‘Bad News’. I mean how on the pulse can you get!?!
Was the process of making the single Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) as challenging as you thought?
No. Everything has been wayyyyy more difficult than expected but I’ve learned a lot and have many new skills which are gonna really help in the future. I think this is basically an unpaid study year.
How is the band making the most of the lock down right now?
Making clips, writing new tunes. Learning how to fast.
With the best laid plans do you think Butterfingers will be able to bounce back?
Well the tour has been re-booked for October, November, December so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And everyone just lost their jobs so what the hell else we gonna do?
Sonically, how would describe the new album?
Rap rock from the not too distant future. It’s not super futuristic though, just drawn more from current influences but blended in a way that I haven’t heard before so it’s certainly a new thing.
What were the significant influences on this album?
Trap, Grime, Stoner Rock, Indie Rock, Punk and a little Old School Rap.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Give a man a fish, he owes you one fish. Teach a man to fish, you give up your monopoly on fisheries.
Did this album take longer than you thought to come to fruition?
Only fourteen years longer. No biggie.
Are you looking to tour more broadly once the madness settles down?
Yeah, there’s a whole world out there that needs exploring. I’m keen.
What’s next for Butterfingers?
We’re just gonna kick out the jams. Creatively speaking we’re on a roll at the moment and I don’t wanna break stride.
Listen to Bad News on Spotify…