Sydney rockers Marvell have announced their most powerful single to date – Needle, a true journey of a song that describes the hardships, trauma and impossible hope that accompanies a cancer battle, released today. Accompanying the track is an equally affecting video, made in collaboration with Brae Fisher (Dear Seattle). Needle precedes Marvell’s new EP, Comfort Is King which is out and be sure to catch them live on dates in February and March. The band reflect on their new single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Needle?
Insane, helped immensely by a world class music video. It’s our first release in about a year and a half and we’re incredibly proud of it.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Wayyy more challenging hahah. Nah, we had the skeleton of it going into the studio with the chords and lyrics/melodies then just wrote the rest around it. It was just sitting on it for so long that was challenging and making sure we got the balance right with the release as far as the tone, not too dark whilst also not trying to underplay the seriousness of the subject matter.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Think Australia’s answer to The National meets Kings of Leon. Just good, honest music.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Paul Simon – the way Graceland was expertly written was era defining.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
“Don’t take yourself too seriously.”
How did the band get together?
Max and Tom, as brothers, grew up singing and playing music together, and decided to record an EP in around 2015. They needed a band who could do the songs they had recorded justice, so enlisted Jesse Gaupset on lead guitar, Harry Frank on bass and BJ Leef on drums. A few years and personnel changes later, and Dylan and Theo joined, from another Sydney band, in place of Harry and BJ.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Currently our plans are to tour Australia but we’re definitely looking at international touring once borders open up a bit more.
What’s next for Marvell?
We’re recording our debut album in 2022 and cannot wait, it’ll be our best and biggest release yet.
Interview By Rob Lyon