Cloning may have only been together for a short period, but the indie alt-rock band from Perth are creating waves with their blend of dreamy pop, trip-hop and shoegaze sonics while supporting the likes of Ocean Alley.
Their lyrics are philosophically entwined in existentialism, sipping into a concoction of psychedelic textures, dexterously oozing the dreamy elevation in the likes of their latest single Evergrow, hooking their audience from the very first word.
Lead vocalist Felix Parker (also a former Philosophy university student) speaks to Around The Sound’s Sheldon Ang about their song writing style, building a fan base and moving to a next chapter of their musical style.
Sheldon: Cloning have twenty-five thousand monthly listeners – that’s pretty decent.
Felix: Yes, we are pretty driven and at this stage we want to make it as a career longevity. It’s awesome that people are buying our music at the moment and hopefully we can keep going, keep building and continue writing music for people.
Sheldon: Thank you for your honesty, because some artists whom I’ve interviewed said they make music for themselves. I mean, if no one listens, then what’s the point, right?
Felix: (Chuckles) Exactly, my point!
Sheldon: Evergrow is your latest single…and it’s about not take things for granted at present time?
Felix: Yeah, I was inspired by nature, and how they relate to human lifespan…a lot of my favourite Australian artist reference the Australian landscape. So I thought something like the red gumtree and compare to the human live…and something like a red gum tree can live for hundreds of years, putting things into perspective of the human experience.
Sheldon: Is this a philosophical kind of thinking?
Felix: (Chuckles) Yeah, I did study Philosophy at uni, but I didn’t consciously project into my music. It is like those existential kind of undertones. Mortality, time and the human experiences that I’m writing about.
Sheldon: And your music resonates more feel than the lyrics sometimes. So was that a conscious decision to create that kind of sound, because it does have that dreamy feel?
Felix: That is a really good question, and no one has ever asked me that before. I think it’s with the kind of textures we used, a lot of guitar aspect we used. We kind of wanting to bring that music feel where you’d listen with your headphones. And the music runs in parallel with the vocals.
Sheldon: And your other single All Rise is about…
Felix: Yeah, it’s about the whole collective, how people can be…their behaviour, collectively…and the kind of collective where people can make bad decisions. That’s likely what I was going for. The kind of Nordic mythology.
Sheldon: Man, all of your tracks are very thought provoking. Will they be part of an upcoming EP?
Felix: We are planning, but for now we are just releasing singles to build our fan base. Then we can get an album out pretty quickly. It is so expensive to make an album and promote it. And we just want to make sure it reaches to right people, when it is done.
Sheldon: If you got like ten, eleven songs, isn’t it a matter of copy and paste into new album?
Felix: Yeah, you could do that. But you want to make it good…and we are such young band. And I feel that we will improve a lot. I feel like we won’t improve our song writing if we say, “I’m the best” (chuckles). We are still grinding away and hopefully in a couple of years, we will be there.
Sheldon: A couple years! Mate that’s a bloody long time!
Felix: Maybe earlier (Chuckles). It is so hard to predict. Some of my favourite bands have done really well and things have start to snowball. Like The Nationals – they got big when they were in their 30s, but playing in empty pubs before that.
Sheldon: The Nationals – I was meant to cover them at the Fremantle Arts Centre, but that got cancelled.
Felix: Yeah man, I was so sad I was about to take my parents there, as I got them interested.
Sheldon: Next time man…So how are rest of your singles?
Felix: More existential angst song writing. I think of moving towards more relatable story-telling vibe. I’m getting into more of the immediate kind of related topics. Probably move away from those Nordic stuff (chuckles).
Sheldon: You could sing about heartbreaks?
Felix: (Chuckles) Yeah! Maybe musically I’m trying into faster tempo like Evergrow, and we just want people to move a bit more in our shows…more grabbing in a sense. We are just starting up like a year old and we only get like ten to fifteen seconds for people to say, “Oh I like this”.
Sheldon: I guess it’s like writing a book isn’t it, the first paragraph or even the first line is so important.
Felix: Yeah, I totally skip songs all the time and you want to get the impact and stuff. I hope people don’t skip our songs (Chuckles)!
Sheldon: Well, the hook at the start of Evergrow reminds of the likes of A Hard Days Night – very grabbing.
Felix: (Chuckles) Thank man! Love that.
Sheldon: When I was listen to your song Evergrow it remind me of Captain of the Heart by Double. Is different sounding, but it reminds me a bit, but they got a saxophone.
Felix: Oh wow, we’ve never heard of them. Got to check it out. And you know what, Bevan our guitarist plays the trumpet so we can get him to do that.
Sheldon: And bring back the eighties. (Chuckles) Any gigs coming up?
Felix: We starting to look in August, hoping to get to the eastern states, but is risky – so we won’t do that. Maybe two singles for this year and maybe head over east.
Sheldon: Are you looking a supporting acts for the big acts, like you guys did with Ocean Alley?
Felix: Realistically supports makes life a lot easier for an upcoming band, as you’re hoping to win their bands, but we’ll see!
Sheldon: Felix, is been a pleasure mate. Next time you play give us a yell.
Felix: Like wise man, we’ll leave your names at the door if you guys are around the town.