Joel Cooper from The Evening Cast had a chat with All I’ve Heard about the bands recent single release and Australia wide tour, here’s what he had to say.
Image courtesy of Catch Release Records.
- Firstly, congratulations on only just recently kicking off your Australia wide tour. Where are you most excited to play over the one month that you’re on tour?
That’s a tough question, because honestly every show is shaping up to be amazing! We are playing with some really exciting bands, of which I’m hanging to hear their sets. So I equally pumped for each show! In saying that, i have a soft spot for Byron Bay as a place, so I’m looking forward to playing and hanging out there. Fingers crossed we’ll get some sun.
- Your recent single ‘Questions’ has received a great response from both listeners and industry experts, what was your direction and influence whilst writing this track?
We had a real belief in this song from the start. Every time we would come to it in rehearsal we would get so excited, we were all so invested in the writing process and there was a real buzz about how it was all shaping together. The lyrics became really personal, and the music riffs reflect that perfectly. We wanted to push ourselves and create something that we would be really proud of, and would reflect our ever-growing love for music. The lyrics are personal, the riffs are strong and that’s how we wanted to kick off this new season for us.
3. How did you decide on the concept for the Questions video clip?
There is something about the ocean at the crack of dawn that is incredible. The expanse, the solitude, the stillness, the roughness and the colours. I would often connect the feeling of the song to this feeling of freedom, space and letting go. Sunny Meade is one of my favourite beach coves; so it was nice to let people in to that space, and visually show them that side of the song. My brother Paul, (and guitarist) filmed, directed and edited the clip, so it’s really thanks to him for bringing that image to life.
- You’ve recently kicked off your Australian tour, already having played in Melbourne at the Grace Darling Hotel, what is your favourite thing about being on tour?
Spending time together, playing show after show, meeting people who connect with our music and seeing all our hard work pay off.
- Majority of your gigs are often played to intimate crowds, what do you hope to ignite within your fans whilst they watch your set?
We hope to ignite a moment that they will remember, that will move them or make them laugh, make them feel something they haven’t felt before, make them happy. Music does that to people, and along with our stories, our lyrics and the way we play, we hope to create a night that people thoroughly enjoy!
- With such successful singles under your name, when can your fans expect your debut album?
Very soon. We’ve been holding off writing an album. We wanted to allow time to play around with different sounds and ideas. But it has been very clear to us that the time has come. We’ve never felt so right about it, and we also feel our audience is ready for one too!
- You recently worked with Marty Brown on a Clare Bowditch track, what was that like?
We actually worked with Marty Brown on our own tracks. He has been our producer for the Last 3 Releases now: Questions, Lake and Hunting. He is an incredible producer and we have established an amazing relationship both with Him and Clare over the last five years. To have people of that calibre to bounce ideas off, to help point you in the right direction and to push you further is incredible. We really trust Marty, so we always have open ears to his musical ideas and wisdom! We have had the opportunity of supporting Clare on her last national tour, which was a buzz. There is a lot of love for Clare, and the energy at her shows is phenomenal!
- Within the band who is primarily involved with the song writing process? Or is it a collaborative effort between the five of you?
It’s very collaborative. We love writing together and we each know our strengths, which is important. No one is trying to be the hero; we actually just enjoy creating something together. Then we all own it.
- How does The Evening Cast differentiate itself from other indie pop bands?
We are musicians, who have chosen to do this because we can’t live without it. We aren’t going to break up if we aren’t an overnight success, in it’s our blood and we will be writing music for years to come. We don’t seek a particular genre or sound because of airplay, or what people are diggin, we just play our music, we work hard at it, and hope it connects! Strangely I think that kind of head down, work hard, stick at it has become a point of difference. Bands pop up and disappear again too quickly.
- Where does The Evening Cast see themselves over the next couple of years?
An album under our belt, more shows, more tours, more festivals and more interesting collaborations!