We were lucky to have a little chat with the Melbourne four piece Royston Vasie about their latest single That's My Girl and their forthcoming debut album due early next year. I wrote this to their manager Dave a few days ago, "think you have a pretty talented band on your hands. Can't wait to see where they go in the future."
These days there are so many brands of rock out there whether it’s the vaguely named low fi, indie, and alternative. What attracts you guys to the good, old version? If we can call it that…The band has always been about writing songs that we love. One thing that plays into our favour when writing songs is the fact that all four band members have a different yet broad taste in music. This means that we never really know what ‘brand’ of rock our songs are going to turn out to be. Our new stuff has certainly taken on a garage rock sound which doesn’t come as much of a surprise given our love of music from that era.
That’s My Girl has to be one of our favourite songs at the moment and we can’t help but be a little curious for the rest of the record – do we find out if he ever gets her back? Unfortunately the girl turned out to be a grown man in disguise. His name is Jim and he’s become a close friend of the band. Jim, if you’re reading this, we hope you’re well.
Does the entire album share the same raw energy of That's My Girl or are there moments when things are toned down a notch? That’s My Girl is definitely all about the raw energy and it is unquestionably one of our favourite songs to play. The album will without doubt bring more of this intensity but be prepared for the wall of sound that has recently been added to the Royston Vasie repertoire.
It must have been pretty satisfying to finish recording your debut LP, what was the best part? It’s been a few years in the making so we’re hanging to release this bunch of tunes. There’s nothing more satisfying than coming up with new material that we all feel passionate about. Fortunately that’s been a common occurrence throughout the album’s writing process. Recording the album with ol’ pals Finn and Craig at Hothouse in Melbourne was awesome fun. They’re the kings of youtube! Their selection of guitars is alright too…
Are you guys excited for the upcoming tour with Papa vs. Pretty) and the Vasco Era? Anything in particular planned you might want to let us in on? We’re totally pumped! Our shows are pretty unpredictable so anything could happen in the next couple of weeks… We’re just looking forward to being involved with two great bands as they’re doing some amazing things for Aussie music.
Just for fun, if you could take to the stage with any artists (alive or dead) who would they be? To take the stage at Waynestock, Aurora! Not just a place, but a state of mind.
We'll keep you up to date on when Royston Vasie's debut drops and if you feel like checking them out with the Vasco Era and Papa vs Pretty before then (yeah you do) the dates are here.