Aussie sextet The Morning Night are playing The Fremantle Arts Centre this Friday, October the 26th to celebrate the release of their new album amberola. Before the band kick off the record’s release, we spoke with the indie-rockers about what to expect from the record, favourite lyrics, the influences of Perth, and their latest single Valentine.
AMBY: Hello The Morning Night, cheers for speaking with AMBY. Please introduce yourselves to our readers!
The Morning Night: Hi, we’re a 6 piece from Fremantle, Western Australia: Adrian (vocals, guitar), Jesse (drums), Brendan (guitar), Ed (violin, guitar), Michael (bass) and, our newest member, Isaura (vocals, keys).
AMBY: You recently released your hypnotic single Valentine. What inspired the song?
The Morning Night: I wrote the song when I was younger and had just discovered great bands like The Triffids and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and starting playing around with writing about more confronting themes with more uncomfortable lyrics. But the sound developed when we worked with producer, Ricky Maymi (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) who stretched us to flesh out the acoustics into something more haunting and dramatic.
AMBY: The band’s second record amberola is set for release in October. What is the significance behind the album’s title?
The Morning Night: We had the idea of releasing an album which transcended different eras. The Edison amberola was an early model phonograph made about 100 years ago and we wanted that combination of the old and the new to give amberola a feeling of timelessness.
AMBY: Your debut EP Decide What You Want came out a few years back. Do you feel your songwriting has evolved from the EP to this new album?
The Morning Night: Absolutely. I was only 16 when I wrote most of the songs on Decide What You Want and as my music tastes have evolved, so have my lyrics and the way I look at crafting the music. It also would have been hard not to evolve working with someone as inspirational as Ricky who also produced our first album, Otis (2012).
AMBY: Which The Morning Night lyric is your favourite?
The Morning Night: You’re the kiss beneath my feet
You’re the mud beneath the tree
I have no room for you in my life
and I don’t like the way you dressed tonight
AMBY: Does hailing from Perth have an influence on your sound? And if so, how?
The Morning Night: We’re lucky to come from such an isolated city with such a cool music scene. That’s both inspiring and connects us with the opportunities out there.
AMBY: Music stimulates a variety of senses; do any senses stand out as triggers to inspire your music?
The Morning Night: For me it’s a combination of the 5 senses – but Isaura is a synesthete. She has the amazing ability of being able to ‘see’ songs (and days of the week) as colours. That brings another whole dimension to the experience of songwriting.
AMBY: What did you listen to growing up, and what have you been listening to lately?
The Morning Night: I was an obsessive Silverchair fan growing up but I was fortunate that my dad was also a musician, so I was introduced to great Australian music like The Church, The Go Betweens and The Stems. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Scott Walker, David Bowie, Gun Club and Television.
AMBY: If you could choose to have your music featured in any movie or show, which would you choose?
The Morning Night: Any Clint Eastwood movie – he’s such a bad ass. Michael would choose an offbeat Wes Anderson film.
AMBY: What’s the best song of the year?
The Morning Night: Mine would be “Everyone” off the new Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy Album “You Are Everything”. But our guitarist, Brendan says that The Beach Boys, God Only Knows is the best song every year, forever.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Morning Night that nobody knows yet?
The Morning Night: Listen closely and you can hear the resident Wrong Sea studio crickets accompanying some of our recordings.
Thank you The Morning Night, for giving us your answers!
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Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout