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LYNDON BLUE AND HIS EXPLORATORY DILETTANTE BANGERS

Lyndon Blue
Lyndon Blue

Lyndon Blue is a musician from Boorloo/Perth, currently based in Birraranga/Melbourne, and is making music as “Lyndon Blue” with help from a few good friends. Blue also plays bass/synth in Methyl Ethel and releases music under such names as Leafy Suburbs and Heathcote Blue.

I’ll be in my 30s by then, I think my rock-music career will be washed up and I’ll probably be living in a regional town somewhere, just making my own bread and making ambient music and selling it via mail order on CD-Rs

When it comes to genre Blue isn’t too sure where it lands, anywhere between post-punk, alt-rock and a little bit of indie-pop.

“I enjoy making up genre names… I’ve been toying with “chamber punk” which is like bedroom pop but more ridiculous,” Blue told Around the Sound.

Since high school Blue has been playing guitar and started to produce his own music after getting a laptop. In 2010 he started to share his creations and last year Lyndon Blue was released.

“I spent years writing bad faux-Syd Barrett songs and making laptop beats that no one ever needs to hear.”

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The song writing process has differed with each project Blue has created. Leafy Suburbs was created with catchy tunes made using software, melodies came later. Heathcote Blue, which is mainly folk, was lyric-driven with improvisation of guitar around the lyrics. The Lyndon Blue project is a mix of both, with bass guitar as the foundation.

“I’ll usually start with a mood or some imagery in mind, and just seek out the best way to realise it.”

Blue slowly cracked his way into the Perth music scene after receiving a huge amount of support from RTRFM. Without their support Blue said the situation would have been “pretty dire”.

Besides touring Blue has been working hard on new songs and deciding what belongs together and what should be recorded.

“I’ve also been really excited about the visual side of things, so will probably be brainstorming more music videos and such.”

Blue had his last Perth gig supporting Web Rumours at their single launch at The Bird not long ago.  Will he be back home soon?

“I hope so! If anyone wants to book me they can get in touch real easy. I play for cheap.”

Besides walking around aimlessly, Blue loves all things art in his spare time he takes photos, nerds out over typography, history, plants and witch craft. His Instagram is full of unique photos that he’s taken as he’s travelled around Australia and toured overseas with Methyl Ethel.

Joining Methyl Ethel in mid 2018 after befriending bass player Thom Stewart, Blue was thrown into the deep end after a weekend of practicing he was then playing at Splendour in the Grass, which he said was a pretty bonkers introduction to the five-piece.

Methyl Ethel are starting their Australian tour next weekend kicking it off where it all began right here in Perth, playing at the Astor Theatre on 15 June; its yet to sell out so get in quick!

When asking Blue where he will be in five years time, he wasn’t too certain.

“I’ll be in my 30s by then, I think my rock-music career will be washed up and I’ll probably be living in a regional town somewhere, just making my own bread and making ambient music and selling it via mail order on CD-Rs”.

Even if he is just making bread, we’re sure it will be tasty just like the tunes he’s been producing.

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