Neo-soul from the most remote city in the world sure sounds like something special, and believe us, it is. Perth favourites Demon Days ooze soul and style as they continue to flaunt their prowess for harmony, jazz-fusion and deep, impactful lyricism.
Melt into melancholy with their latest single Hands-Free, and let your mind float away.
Hands-Free is vocalist Bella Nicholls’ second exploration into her “‘identity as a feminist” and a stunning display of societal examination and musical affluence.
Whether your a jazz aficionado or a newcomer, there’s something for everyone within the growing Demon Days catalogue and it’s an experimental, powerful ride you won’t want to miss. The outfit is sprinkled with prodigious skill, from the keyboard virtuosity of Joshua Chan to the acclaimed vocal stylings of Bella Nicholls. With such a burgeoning wave of talent we can’t help but feel they’re only scratching the surface of their potential.
Since the release of their debut Ep Magic Eyes the collective have been packing out venues across the nation, sharing stages with Nai-Palm, Sex on Toast, Stella Donelly, and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets as well as landing slots at Falls Festival and Groovin’ The Moo.
One of their latest singles, Daria’s Smile, was a brilliant song with a brilliant film clip directed by SAKIDASUMI. The band had this to say on its conception:
“I’ve admired SAKIDASUMI for some time now and when we decided to do a video clip for Daria’s Smile I knew I wanted her to be the one. The song is very personal to me touching on issues of female competition and societal stigmas, so it was necessary that we got a female director who understood and had lived through it as well. Working was Umi was such an incredible experience.”
Nicholls has since run through a different lens on Hands-Free, examining “sexual assault from the perspective of male victims”
“I realised talking to my male counterparts that there are so many similar stories of males sexually assaulting other males in instances of sports as well as females sexually harassing males.”
“No one was talking about it. What needs to be remembered with feminism is that it’s equality for ALL genders and society is making males feel uncomfortable and embarrassed to talk about their experiences which is just leading to the systemic problem of toxic masculinity.”
With big plans in the works and sights set for the highest peaks, Demon Days will continue to explore their sound with a potential sophomore EP dropping by the end of the year.
Demon Days also have a huge national tour through April/May so make sure you catch them play and soak up the jazzy goodness. Check dates below and grab your tickets here.
Scarborough – Indie Bar – 12 April
Fremantle – The Aardvark – 18 April
Melbourne – Yah Yah’s – 26th April
Sydney – Cobra Club – 30th April
Wollongong – Rad Bar – 3 May
Brisbane – The Milk Factory – 4th May