Hot on the heels of announcing their new label, Zucchini Records, new wave trio Jacuzzi are dropping their mammoth new single Soft Dream. Soft Dream is the second offering from the band’s upcoming debut album, due for release later this year. It was recorded with James Cecil (Architecture in Helsinki) at his famed Super Melody World studios in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges and mastered by Dave Whitaker. It follows the powerful first single Preserving Age. The band drop by for a quick Q&A.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Soft Dream?
The build-up was rather strange due to the current circumstances. We were excited to finally get this song out and do a live show in our studio at home. That was rewarding and I felt relieved to finally play as a group once again.
What’s the story behind this single?
Sometimes I find it truly hard to remember. I wrote it a while ago now. Mainly because it isn’t a story, more of an emotional battle. It’s like mourning certain memories.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
It was like Elk running through the snow! The writing was a breeze, came together reasonably quickly with the band and we recorded it in one take. Well, two takes, but the second was for good luck.
Did it take you a while to find your sound for Jacuzzi?
It did, and it didn’t. After playing music for many years I didn’t really find the sound, the sound found me and much like that, the sound is still progressing.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Influences are forever changing. Daily life can alter the influence in the end product.
How did you come up with the band name?
It was inevitable, I bought a Jacuzzi. Many times driving home from work, Chris and myself would throw new band names around, but searching for the right one seemed pointless and actually counter-productive. It was inevitably Jacuzzi.
How were the initial jam sessions with the band?
We had to learn new instruments and, honestly, still are. Ash joined Jacuzzi after we released our first EP many years after Chris and I formed the band, and those initial rehearsals were exciting.
Has the current health crisis slowed the band’s momentum?
It has, and it hasn’t. Again with conflicting answers! To me, I have many songs to finish which is most important. Momentum is retaining that drive to keep writing and, one day, performing, producing and recording more songs.
What is your plan for the rest of 2020 heading in to 2021?
Release Animator, the album and then start recording again. But really, we just want to play some live shows again.
What’s one thing fans wouldn’t know about the band?
Chris used to be a pool boy…
Interview By Rob Lyon