In their latest track, Write A Song Sounds Shit, Turpentine Babycino amplify that sweet ‘n’ sour ’90s fuzz-rock sound.
Their brand new track, Write A Song Sounds Shit is all about the wallowing despair of a broken heart, and that post-split party phase waiting just around the corner. The track was born after getting lit with friends, playing music through the pain and moving forward at a noisy and energetic pace.
Insecurities can be at an all-time high after a breakup, but instead of falling over self-doubt and judgement, Turpentine Babycino propel forward with stubborn resilience.
The track begins with an energetic, roaring urgency that immediately grabs you by the ears and raises your vibrations to Turpentine Babycino-level. From the onset of the intro, you’re instantly possessed by a sharp, metallic, eerie, and half-drowning guitar that collides magnificently with the thrashing and crashing smack of the drums.
The guitar is then stripped back and plucked in a very earworm way, with groovy undertones. It makes way for the commanding vocals, which are soft but restless and raw. The atmosphere of the verse and pre-chorus is one that embraces the vulnerability and loneliness you feel after love ends.
The chorus becomes this expansive sound, as the stinging lyrics and vocals passionately express the mental disarray one experiences after a breakup. The drums push through stubbornly as the guitar strikes and it all collapses into each other to create the ultimate breakup anthem that you want to just crank the hell up! The staccato style and emotional vocal tone is one that reminds you of mope-rock bangers by Blink-182 and Violent Soho. It’s catchy, raw and the lyrics encompass the repetitive routine one becomes subjected to post-breakup.
They’ve also taken influence from Newcastle musicians from Dave The Band. In collaboration with Gabriel Argiris (Dave The Band), and singer Georgie Winchester, they’ve produced an anthem for the dumped, which naturally emerged during their writing sessions.
There is a gorgeous bridge that morphs from the angst-heavy overtones of the song, and launches into a beautiful cadence of harmonious, air-tight vocal sounds and glistening melodic cries of the guitar. It’s almost like it’s symbolizing that transition period between post-breakup and being yourself again. Then, that last chorus comes pushing through, bringing the anthem home. The melodic, electrifying riff flows through layered vocals, reminiscent of a chant-like choir, and gives off the feeling that you’re not alone during this shit time.
The recording of the track has had a journey of its own, reaching people and places the Australian music industry knows and admires. It was recorded at the iconic Grove Studios, where Aussie favourites like Birds of Tokyo, Violent Soho and DMA’s have recorded some of their acclaimed hits. Chloe Gill ran the production of the track, before it was mixed by ARIA Award-winning producer, Paul McKercher (Eskimo Joe, You Am I, Art vs. Science). It then made its way over to Studios 301 (King Stingray, Thelma Plum, The Rubens) for mastering.
The band has spent this year sharing stages with Bad Dreems, Northeast Party House, Eliza & The Delusionals, The Screaming Jets, Mia Dyson and many more. They’re ready to play in capital cities and regional venues as they start their tour from Melbourne, and wrap things up on the Gold Coast.
Their vulnerable, honest and punchy music will soon be brought to these new venues across Australia, and they’re so excited about it!
Turpentine Babycino shared their feelings on the tour ahead. “We’re all really excited to hit the road for a whole month and visit these cities on tour, make friends and share our music with an audience who loves a rock show. It’s our first tour together and we will be taking the vans to camp in along the way. We planned it for October so that the weather is warmer and we can surf, skate and visit friends in the day and play music at night. Most excited about the Melbourne show on the 5th Oct at the Retreat Hotel to reunite with old friends, Last Rites bar in Yamba which is a sick venue and of course playing the Hamilton Station in our home town of Newcastle”
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Check out the tour dates below and stream the new song, Write a Song Sounds Shit via Spotify below.