Shimmering indie rock/pop up and comers Curly Blonde have dropped their latest single Room 309, a sun-soaked track which, despite its blissful exterior, deals with the feeling of being dissatisfied with how life has turned out. The duo have also released a video to accompany the track, perfectly in keeping with Room 309’s exploration of monotony.
Evocative of Aussie indie faves Ball Park Music and The Jungle Giants, and mixed by Nicolas Mendoza (One Four, Delta Goodrem, A$AP Ferg), Room 309 is a strong, considered offering from this young duo – it’s perfect for that summer roadtrip, and would fit in flawlessly at the sunset festival set. Bright guitar riffs bounce amongst upbeat percussion, while glistening vocals describe an unsatisfactory life – in spite of the optimistic instrumental. That’s where the intrigue rests in this track; the fact that the lyrics are quite dark, in juxtaposition with the poppy arrangement, is fascinating.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Brynn explains, “Behind the rolling riffs, dreamy rhythms and vocals, the lyrics of the song stipulate someone who had such big imaginings for their life and set aspirational goals growing up, yet, they’re extremely unsatisfied with how things have turned out and whether they can ever have a meaningful life. It’s a pretty pertinent song, because I think most people in our age demographic are starting to realise and have thoughts along those lines, and the song captures a moment where you either make the move and live out those dreams, or whether you fall into the masses and go through the motions.”
“Going through the motions” is a great descriptor for the video for Room 309, too. The clip shows the Curly Blonde boys sitting on the same couch, going through the motions of early-twenties life – trying to entertain themselves on a budget, and trying to keep from snapping at the friend at their side. Created entirely by themselves in COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria, the clip is the perfect representation of the theme behind Room 309, as Brynn explains, “The concept of the video clip was to capture the isolation and monotony of being stuck in the same place but wanting to get out of there. The video clip resonates really well with the song, because Room 309 is about someone having such high hopes for life, but not being able to reach any goals. The COVID lockdown situation sort of helped us in a way, because not being able to go anywhere and having to do the same things over and over again fitted so well into the music video.”
Speaking of the COVID lockdown – in light of being stood down from their respective jobs, Brynn and Fergus of Curly Blonde were able to buckle down and work on their music together, as Fergus says, “Covid has actually helped us, in a funny way. We were both stood down from our jobs and the spare time allowed us to really come together and record this song and our upcoming debut EP. We felt that if life had continued in its hectic state, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve as much as we have this year.”
Curly Blonde is Brynn O’Connor and Fergus Selkirk-Bell.
Jack: Curly Blonde, love the name, is there a story here?
Curly Blonde: Thanks heaps! Our name pretty much comes from what’s on top of our heads! We wanted a name that was unique and cut through, but also something that resonated with us and we thought our hair is something that is really distinguishable. We also like how it’s a name that creates a bit of intrigue and mysteriousness as to what act we are.
Jack: The music video hits very close to home in 2020, is it Room 309? Is that the same couch the song itself was written on?
Curly Blonde: Funnily enough Room 309 was actually written about three years ago when Brynn was sitting in his university college room (the OG room 309) having a mini existential crisis thinking “what am I really doing with my life?”. It was really by chance how relevant the track actually is for 2020 and it’s something that we aimed to reflect in the video for it.
Jack: What was the creative process in writing Room 309?
Curly Blonde: It’s been a pretty long creative process overall, but in terms of writing it, this part was the easy bit! Brynn was just playing around with some chords during his “mini existential crisis” and then lyrics sort of just fell into place based on how he was feeling at the time. The recording process was a little bit more interesting. Because of the pandemic restrictions, nothing was open, so we converted our shed into a home studio. We had to learn a bit about recording, the right setups and so on and of course there were some hiccups, but we’re definitely better for the experience!
Jack: Where do you draw your influences from when writing/recording?
Curly Blonde: We listen to such a range of music and artists and when writing/recording these really influence us in terms of creating. We generally try and grab ideas or sounds of what we really like to listen to, and that sort of shapes a lot of our stuff and our sound.
Jack: How did music start out for you two?
Curly Blonde: It’s a bit of an interesting one. We’ve both always loved music, but it never crossed our minds to pursue a path in recording songs until we both met each other five years ago. Brynn didn’t start playing guitar until 2017, so it’s been a feverishly paced learning process of writing and playing music. Room 309 is our first real dig at writing songs for consumption, but private songs which we’ve written and never shared with anyone have gone on for years.
Jack: Who are you listening to at the moment AND favourite release of 2020?
Jack: What is your favourite thing to do when not playing music?
Curly Blonde: We both love getting out and enjoying what the great outdoors has to offer! Whether that be going to the beach, or camping, or playing backyard cricket with mates.
Jack: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
Curly Blonde: We’d probably have to go with Tame Impala or Glass Animals. They’re both bloody talented artists and the things they do blow our minds! And Kev’s hair is so luscious.
Jack: Are there plans for live shows/tours?
Curly Blonde: As soon as venues can have live music we’ll be there! We’re super keen to get out and play some live gigs, but unfortunately at the moment being in Melbourne means we’re just waiting for restrictions to continue easing.
Jack: What’s next for Curly Blonde?
Curly Blonde: We’ve just released our debut EP! We’re super stoked that it’s out and hopefully we can play it live soon. Until then we’ll just be continuing to create and record some new stuff, and keep enjoying the sunshine!
Jack: Thanks for chatting with me guys, we’re looking forward to seeing what you produce next!