Sydney’s Sam Wilkinson, Matt Nev, Caroline de Dear, and Lani Crooks are Day Ravies, an indie-pop quartet inspired by the enticing sounds of ’60s and ’80s pop, and ’90s shoegaze. Currently touring around Australia in support of their debut record Tussle, AMBY caught up with them before their LP launch this Friday. If you want to know more about the story behind Tussle, how they got their name, housing pet rabbits, and Day Ravies in general, feast your eyes:
AMBY: Hello Day Ravies, what’s the band been up to?
Day Ravies: Hello Canadian people. We have been touring our album around Australia.
AMBY: The band’s debut record Tussle is awesome. Which songs off the LP are your favourite?
Day Ravies: Thank you (glad you like it). We all agree that ‘Staring is Caring’ is probably the closest to sonic perfection (in our eyes) on the album, so that’s a hot fave. We’re proud of all the songs though and they’re all so different so it’s hard to choose.
AMBY: What is the significance behind the album’s title?
Day Ravies: We found it insanely difficult to agree on an album title. ‘Tussle’ seemed fitting, considering that it sparked quite a struggle between the four of us.
AMBY: Where did the name Day Ravies come from?
Day Ravies: Sam drunkenly said ‘Day Ravies’ instead of ‘Ray Davies’ in reference to The Kinks one night, thought it hilarious and decided to name a band after this slip of the tongue.
AMBY: What other names had you considered for the band?
Day Ravies: I don’t think there were any other serious band name contenders… Day Ravies stuck because we couldn’t think of anything else and it doesn’t sound like we take ourselves too seriously.
AMBY: Who inspires your dreamy and psychedelic sound?
Day Ravies: We’re inspired by ’60s and ’80s pop, 90s shoegaze along the lines of My Bloody Valentine, Flying Nun bands like The Clean and 3Ds… Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, Felt, YOU NAME IT
AMBY: What’s the story behind your song Dasher?
Day Ravies: Well it’s not about reindeer. Lyrically it’s a vague ode to absent-minded people. It has a lyric about having a ribbon around your neck, referencing a children’s book about a girl who always wears a yellow ribbon to keep her head on. Mainly it’s an excuse to crack out the wah pedal.
AMBY: Does hailing from Sydney, Australia have an influence on your sound? And if so, how?
Day Ravies: A lot of our friends are in local punk and garage bands, and naturally due to the small size of our city/scene , there’s a lot of cross-over. Everyone has various projects and there’s a lot of cross-pollination.
AMBY: If you could choose to have your music featured in any movie or show, which would you choose?
Day Ravies: The 1985 geriatric alien movie ‘Cocoon’. It’s awesomely good-bad and it shares its name with Track 4 on the album.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Day Ravies: We predict the Stevens ‘history of hygiene’ LP will be the besttttt.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Day Ravies that nobody knows yet?
Day Ravies: Nev’s favourite food is toast. We house the most pet rabbits in Marrickville.
Thank you Day Ravies, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout