SAMETIME are multi-instrumentalists Sunshine Coast brothers Tim and Sam Aitken. They release their new EP Maybe We Can Get High? which sees the band embrace their love of infectious synth driven melodies, titillating lyrics and spicy pop vibes. Sametime’s new EP will delight fans of Last Dinosaurs, The 1975 and The Jungle Giants. It was produced by Fletcher Matthews (Stumps, Blue Velvet, Raave Tapes, OK Hotel) in Sydney and mastered by Paul Blakey. Tim and Sam answer a few questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of your new EP Maybe We Can Get High?
TIM: It’s been interesting. This is the first time we are really putting ourselves out there with music that we’re 100% proud of. When we released our first EP back in 2018, we still weren’t sure that it was the right genre for us. This EP is totally different, we both back it and we want people to know that is Sametimes sound.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
SAM: It’s bright and upbeat. It’s physical, the bass and beat hits you in the stomach and triggers dance moves you didn’t think you had. It’s riddled with ear worms that’ll get stuck in your head and make you move your body.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
TIM: The 1975 were the first band that we both loved equally. We love how their lyrics contrast the big pop production. We love that kind of music, where it makes you wanna dance but the lyrics kind of leave a sour taste in your mouth. They’re the perfect band for having sugary pop goodness toned down with some lyrical bacteria.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
TIM: I don’t know if this is advice or not but I definitely took it that way. We were lucky enough to meet Passenger backstage at his show in Brisbane a couple of years ago after busking out the front of the venue that day. He told us that it took him over ten years of hard work to become an overnight success and that has stuck with me since. Whenever I’m lacking belief that we will make it in this industry, I remember what Passenger told me.
What’s next for Sametime ?
TIM: More music, more live shows and hopefully playing our music around the world. We’re over waiting for the right moment to come along so we’re gonna make the right moment ourselves.
Interview By Rob Lyon