Based in Brisbane, Australia, the best way to do this interview with Lying Down was to fire the band some questions via e-mail. Job done, and the way they've answered is pretty damn good. Here they are...
Their first release De Rigueur - out via Hidden Bay Records - sounds like the dark, post-punk cousin of any new wave band from the 80's. The songs force-feed jangle and dissonance, with the occasional glimmer of melody. In a way, it's uninviting and difficult to listen to. Behind the pain lies anger. And this anger is "materialised" into sounds, "melodies", lyrics and eventually songs.
Three tracks stand out - Betty And Barney, Remember and Pure Gravy. They have softer lyrics, melody and a much more impact than the screamers. There's a genuine desperation for originality. They want to surprise you, to make you feel uncomfortable, to make you feel sad; in order to make you feel alive.
Musically, we can't write their release is groundbreaking. Many bands such as Yowl and DiCaprio lean towards the same musical direction. But in all fairness, they have no reason to envy these bands either, they've got their own style. Interview with Siena Hart, Alistair Taylor, Conor Claffey and Lachlan Airey below.
Could you introduce yourself in one sentence?
S: What was it again? “Loud, soft, cowboy, something rather...”
C: Loud, soft, cowboy guitar music tragics.
C: You could also go “music for the morning after”.
L: “Loud soft cowboy guitar music tragics making music for the morning after”.
Tell us about the new record, and what you think is truly standout about it?
C: I think the record comes from a long period of introspective thought, over analysis and it’s refreshingly earnest in what feels like a wave of irony worship that Brisbane falls victim to. It feels difficult to be a serious band sometimes. The music is selfish.
S: Not in a negative sense.
C: No, not at all - but it’s music that wasn’t exactly written for an existing audience.
L: I don’t hear music like ours out at bars, or at least in my musical diet. You hear Dad rockers say the same thing, but I think that’s because that’s been played out. We always aim for a groove, but we’re trying to keep away from established convention, we don’t want you to hear songs like these everywhere.
If we give you a 100$, a packet of cigarettes and a Stone Roses hat, how do you think the night would go?
A: What happens when you put on a Stone Roses hat? Do you just go fucking mental or something?
C: I think we give the cigarettes to Alistair, cause he can’t afford cigarettes and is always asking.
L: Put the hat on eBay.
C: Put the hat on eBay, we’d buy a lot of alcohol and then watch parkour death compilations on YouTube.
L: Buy a lot of booze, and have a cracking night in with some friends.
C: Sing lots of Roy Orbison, and then watch parkour death compilations.
L: No shade on the Stone Roses, we just have no use for that hat.
[*Lying Down then googles what a Stone Roses hat looks like*]
C: I could definitely see Alistair wearing this.