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With their debut EP around the corner we take a closer look into the bristling pop world of A.D.K.O.B

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We’re the first to admit that we’ve got something of a love affair going on with A.D.K.O.B, or A Different Kind Of Busy, if you want to be all formal about it. Lucky for us, we don’t have that much longer to hold on for their highly-anticipated debut EP, due out next month.

ADKOB glue

With their long-awaited debut EP just around the corner, we look a deeper look into the bristling work of Sydney four-piece A.D.K.O.B

So far, we’ve been tantalisingly teased by the Sydneysider foursome in the form of a leading single: the fantastically danceable Glue, shaken and stirred by Tim Carr over at Studios 301. The leading track off their upcoming EP, it’s an energetic and sample-strewn melody that begs for movement, layering up elements and peppered by a shimmering looped backdrop. And if that’s not enough to content you, then soothe yourself by digging through their back catalogue for Lung Capacity, all addictive riffs and raw, too-cool bass.

A.D.K.O.B. originated as a bedroom project for frontman and multi-instrumentalist Mark Piccles. Over time, the band slowly accumulated members, organically losing its solo moniker. “I have been fortunate enough to jam with some talented cats on these songs, but despite this, it never felt quite right until recently,” Piccles says, “It’s just that feeling of ‘this is it’ when the right personnel are involved, I think.”

Undeniably those changes to the band’s lineup, coupled with Piccles’ desire to extract the exact sound that was rattling around in his head, are in part responsible for the prolonged two-year journey from hard drive to album, paired too with life getting in the way by being, well… life, and his own self-confessed laziness. But now that the wait on this predominantly self-produced EP is nearly over, what’s to follow, Piccles tells us, is “more bedroom-pop with a cynical outlook…short, sharp danceable songs.”

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It’s certainly true that shoehorning their sound as ‘indie pop’ feels too shallow. We had an article written about us describing us as ‘post-indie’, which I had listed on our Facebook page,” Piccles says, “It was a bad joke taken literally, so I changed it to ‘post-post-rock’… also in jest. I should probably stop doing that. I guess bands in general find it hard to ‘define’ themselves, but to me, we are just some kind of pop amalgamation.”

Amalgamation is certainly one way to describe the eclecticism A.D.K.O.B. have looked to for inspiration. The band cite Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mobb Deep and The Supremes as influences, but Piccles says that “musically, it’s always certain parts or moments. Maybe one little snare hit a drummer does at the right time, or perhaps the way a vocalist might say a certain word. I think you can be inspired by anything though, really, musical or otherwise.”

An East Coast tour, also in October, will accompany the EP, featuring ‘a sharp set with an even sharper set of dad-jokes’, and see A.D.K.O.B. play the following dates:

Thursday October 1, The End, Brisbane
Thursday October 8, Freda’s, Sydney
Thursday October 15, Public Bar, Melbourne

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