Eccentric and brash, Eli Greeneyes has announced his deeply confessional new single 21, a chaotic yet content exploration into getting older and losing control, out now. The moving single is accompanied by a scenic video clip, filmed in collaboration with the artist’s closest friends. After a relocation back home due to COVID-19, the release of 21 feels poignant – a young person wondering what on earth is going to happen next.
Evocative of exciting artists such as YUNGBLUD and DMAs, but also with clear influences from the classics – Oasis, ¬The Verve – 21 has that instant-classic feel; like a song you already know, but can’t place. It feels ready-made for summer, roadtrips, lazy afternoon swims and drinks in the backyard. Guitars glisten, percussion rambles along at a reassuring pace – but the real star is Eli Greeneyes’ ear-catching vocal. Eli tells Hi Fi Way more about the single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of 21?
As per usual mate, FUCKING MEGA!
Was the process of making 21 as challenging as you thought?
Not challenging at all actually! I wrote this one in about fifteen minutes. First thing that came out was that “HELLO, I’M A WEIRDO HERE’S A SONG” part and I thought that would be the verse and I would then write a chorus and all that. I just couldn’t get that first bit out of my head so I just sang it again after I just fumbled the verse out and was like “that’s it!”. Those are my favourite songs! The songs that come out so quick it’s almost like somebody dropped the whole song in your lap. That’s why I always say EARS TO THE SKY! You got to keep your soul open and ready for that shit!
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
BRASH, Honest and forever evolving! I’m influenced by the drums of hip hop, the guitar sounds of brit pop and punk, the song writing of pop punk!
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
So far the obvious one would be OASIS and all that but I am starting to listen to less and less music just to see where my music ends up!
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke. You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you settle for.
What is the Eli Greeneyes life story?
Bloody hell, that’s a big question! ahah! Well I started writing music when I was around ten! Had my own band and project by fifteen, played in other bands along the way! Moved to Melbourne from WA for a few years to have a different change of scene and pursue music over there. I ended up getting extremely lost and depressed to be honest and for the first time saying out loud “maybe this isn’t for me” it was becoming quite stressful. So I kind of gave up on it a bit and started painting. I wanted to be an artist for a while there. After spending most of my days for a good few months trying to get better at painting while I was doing removalist work and poster jobs I started writing a little again and this song came out of me called LOSER. The lyrics in the chorus are… “I WANT YOU TO WRITE LOSER ON MY BACK, JUST SO I CAN PROVE YOU WRONG ABOUT THAT, LOOK ITS ELI WITH THE GREENEYES”. Just like that a character and a person who I wanted to be was created and the rest is history. My real name is Morgan but I feel more like Eli than I do Morgan anyway now. That’s why I have very fond memories of Victoria I wrote probably the first ten songs there and ELI was created there when I was living there for those few years!
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
ABSOLUTELY! I wanna tour the world man and play shows, connect with people!
What’s next for Eli Greeneyes?
Writing hits and having a bloody blast a long the way. I have a folder of music right now and the team I have will just have to pick what’s gonna come out and when. I’m so excited about it!
How has Hip/Hop influenced your sound? Was that influence always there?
Massively! I have produced in the past here and there for artists like DRAPHT so making beats has had a huge influence on my music. The two most important things to me in my music are the vocals and the drums! If those are cooking then the rest can just flutter along with it. TO THE SKY!
Interview By Rob Lyon