In a year where most of the local music industry has been hamstrung by world events, Perth indie rock four-piece, Sly Withers, have bucked the trend and gone from strength to strength. That success only looks certain to continue with the release of their blistering new single, ‘Bougainvillea.’
It follows in the footsteps of ‘Cracks’ – arguably their biggest release to date. That powerful track, which was heralded by fans and media upon release earlier in the year, has quickly found a home on regular rotation at triple j, while continuing to build the national following they had been harvesting over recent years with songs like ‘Lately’ feat. Carla Geneve, ‘Explode Into View’ and ‘Closer.’
Now the band returns with the barnstorming, ‘Bouganvillea’ – a pure slice of punk with yet another swing for the fences chorus, boasting a wall of guitars and backing vocals, thunderous drums and an explosive atmosphere that all combines to form a giant, triumphant, mountain of celebration rock.
Produced by Matt Templeman (Make Them Suffer – Worlds Apart), who has proven to be the X-factor that has unlocked the band’s true studio potential over their most recent singles, ‘Bougainvillea’ is the latest chapter to showcase how Sly Withers has evolved from a local Perth scene favourite, into an act with the potential to become one of the biggest names on the national stage.
Theirs is an unavoidably endearing story – going from mates in music class, busking Jack Johnson tunes in shopping malls; through to becoming stalwart of the fertile West Australian music scene winning both WAM and NLMA trophies; and now establishing themselves as a sought after presence on national radio and on stages across Australia and beyond. It’s a heart-warming tale of perseverance, self-belief and mateship that fans can’t help but get behind.
That sense of comradery permeates all their music, in particular the readily identifiable and relatable stories in their lyrics, and it’s what really makes the listener feel a part of the Sly Withers story. It’s also set to be an integral element of all the songs on their forthcoming new album, scheduled for release in the first half of 2021.
“This upcoming album feels like a defining moment in terms of us being able to make the exact kind of album we wanted to make,” says guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Sam Blitvich. “The songs feel like the most accurate representation of our taste and our songwriting that we possibly could have presented at this point in time and we’re really proud of what we’ve created.”
The release of ‘Bougainvillea’ arrives with yet another fantastic video, directed by their friend and regular collaborator, Tim Elphick. Featuring a spectacularly shit talent competition, it does also feature some of the band’s best acting work… although that also could be easily chalked up to the wigs and silly fake moustaches.
Meanwhile, West Australia’s strict boarders has proven to be an advantage, and seen the band return to playing sold out hometown shows the last few months. That is set to continue into the summer, and for tickets and info, head to their website. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until 2021 to sing our hearts out with our fists in the air, but thankfully by then we’ll have a full deck of Sly Withers anthems ready to go.