After the successful release of their latest EP It’s Not all Bad in November, Australian space punk trio Avenues End kicked off the New Year with a lyrics video for their second single Racing Time, followed by a string of gig dates around their native land.
Frontman Ryan McGeary caught up with Young Post to talk about their EP, and how he and bandmates Matt Iversen and Isaac Piesse-Smith are trying to break out of the Australian music scene.
“The recording process was definitely not a traditional one,” confesses McGeary. “We had been collecting recording gear for a while, and liked the freedom it created by having it all set up at one of our homes. Our high school teacher, David Wilkinson, had the magic combination of microphones to really capture Isaac’s drum performance. The rest we chipped away at in our own time, laying down Matt’s bass, guitar & vocal tracks until we were happy.”
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Mr Wilkinson, or “Wilko” as he’s known to the band, was not the only teacher to help the promising musicians, with their visual design teacher “Mr P” creating the artwork for the EP.
“Some people ooze quirky creativity, and he is one of those people,” McGeary says.
Avenues End’s DIY approach doesn’t end there, though. Their most recent video, which aired at the end of January, is visually striking, despite their basic set-up.
“[For] the second video, we wanted to do something a little different. We set out to see how far we could take it, just by doing it ourselves. Several metres of green screen fabric later, we pulled together this time-lapse vs. lyric video vs. green screen performance video, and it was all shot on an iPhone camera!”
Despite the hard work, the trio still have creativity to burn, with McGeary adding, “We have a few ideas for the next single. We might finish off this EP cycle with another stylish new video.”
With the latest release gaining traction on Youtube and Spotify, McGeary and co have had the chance to reflect on what they’ve achieved.
“The three of us have been mates in what feels like forever,” McGeary says. “We all lived less than a kilometre away from each other, went to school together, worked together… pretty much grew up together. Naturally, we jammed a bit, and eventually decided to let the world in on our shenanigans,” he says.
“The It’s Not All Bad EP was really a love child of all of our collective thoughts and insecurities at the time. It was almost therapeutic airing those thoughts, and the fact that people are connecting with it, and relating, is more than we could have ever hoped for. It’s been great!”
And what is it like trying to break out of their homeland? “Australia is buzzing with a heap of really talented bands just waiting for the rest of the world to take notice. It’s fun trying to burst out of the bubble, but it’s only a matter of time before a heap of Australian acts make their way onto the world stage. For us, a show in Hong Kong would be a dream.”
Edited by Karly Cox