Indie Aus rockers Maison Hall have shared their new rambler Montreux, a love letter to the connection between the left and the right sides of the brain. The duo, made up of Ben Byron and Joe Kneipp, have also announced a colourful, eccentric video to accompany the track. This is Maison Hall’s first release since their 2017 debut album It Was Never About Me.
Contemplative and upbeat, Montreux is classic indie rock evocative of The Kooks and Catfish and the Bottlemen, with sparks of innovation unique to Maison Hall throughout. Guitars thrash amongst steady, driving drums; lead vocalist Joe Kneipp’s voice feels right at home amongst the chaos, commanding attention with thoughtful lyrics and strong melodic hooks. Find out more in our interview with the band.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of Montreux?
I think it’s gone really well! We’ve been lucky enough to work with Emily Cheung from On the Map PR for this single campaign, and it’s brought a level of professionalism and organisation to our usual manic press release haha.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Interesting… I would say, no, because we never expected to make more music! So in that regard, the fact that we created anything at all felt successful. And I would say more generally that, no, music-making isn’t that cumbersome for me. Maybe there was a time when I was a bit more of a perfectionist, but know it feels far more cathartic, which I’d say is progress!
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
It’s essentially indie-rock/alt-rock. We try to incorporate some more interesting elements, but we’re not conservatorium kids by any means.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
My family and my friends provide me with a bedrock of love and support that makes creating music possible in the first place. Sonically, I couldn’t pin any one artist down.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Not really ‘advice’, per se, but I had a religion teacher who once said about his classes, “I’m not here to teach you about life, I’m here prepare you for death”, which is about the wildest thing you can possibly say to a room full of 14 years olds and still be employed. It’s also something I think about to this day.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Of course! Any event bookers reading, hit us up!
What’s next for Maison Hall?
More. Just more.
Interview By Rob Lyon