Indie rock/pop up and comers Curly Blonde have dropped their latest single Room 309, a sun-soaked track which, despite its blissful exterior, deals with the feeling of being dissatisfied with how life has turned out. The duo have also released a video to accompany the track, perfectly in keeping with Room 309’s exploration of monotony. We caught up with the duo to learn more about them.
Hi, thanks for taking the time to chat with Hear 2 Zen, what have you been up to today?
Thanks for having us! Been a very chilled start to the day- just had some breaky with a nice cuppa, and sitting outside enjoying the sun. How about you?
Tell us about yourself, how long have you been performing/creating music for?
We’ve been creating music as Curly Blonde for about a year now, but we’ve been jamming and writing stuff together for about 5 years. We met each other when we both moved to Melbourne, and after living with each other and sharing a love of music we started playing together. It’s been in the last year or so that we’ve been lucky enough to set up a cool home studio, and really put in the time to create music together.
Who are your greatest inspirations? Why?
Brynn- Definitely Tame Impala! I just love the way he goes about constructing all of his songs. It’s amazing how he can make every part of every song so interesting to listen to.
Fergus- I’d probably have to go with The Beatles or Queen. Their music has always just blown my mind! The way they were both able to explore so many unique sounds and genres, yet still remain distinctive, is so fascinating
.How do you create music? Are you lyrics/story driven, or does the music/melody come first? Explain your process.
It varies so much and depends on each track. We spend a lot of time in our home studio individually just recording or creating ideas. We then come together to share those ideas and work on things collaboratively. In terms of which comes first, it really depends on the song idea and that variety is something we really like. Often we have a chord progression or riff that we love and we try building something from that. Other times we might have a story idea in mind and try and work sounds around that and see what fits in.
What has been your greatest challenge so far in performing/creating music?
We’d have to say probably having to learn not to worry about what other people might think of our music and just backing ourselves in!
Tell us about your new release, how did it come about?
‘Room 309’ is actually one of the first songs we wrote, so it’s quite an old one for us. It came about while Brynn was sitting in his university college room with his guitar and having a mini existential crisis thinking “what am I really doing with my life?”. From those thoughts, the chord progression and lyrics formed and flowed really well together. A few years later everything sort of combined and the riff was added and formed the track that it is today!
What advice do you have to artists who are just starting out?
We’d probably just say make sure you enjoy it, cause there’s no point if you’re not having fun!
Tell us your favourite Zen practice.
Getting down to the beach. Good vibes only there. Great for the soul.
ABOUT CURLY BLONDE
Shimmering indie rock/pop up and comers Curly Blonde have dropped their latest single Room 309, a sun-soaked track which, despite its blissful exterior, deals with the feeling of being dissatisfied with how life has turned out. The duo have also released a video to accompany the track, perfectly in keeping with Room 309’s exploration of monotony.
Evocative of Aussie indie faves Ball Park Music and The Jungle Giants, and mixed by Nicolas Mendoza (One Four, Delta Goodrem, A$AP Ferg), Room 309 is a strong, considered offering from this young duo – it’s perfect for that summer roadtrip, and would fit in flawlessly at the sunset festival set. Bright guitar riffs bounce amongst upbeat percussion, while glistening vocals describe an unsatisfactory life – in spite of the optimistic instrumental. That’s where the intrigue rests in this track; the fact that the lyrics are quite dark, in juxtaposition with the poppy arrangement, is fascinating. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Brynn explains, “Behind the rolling riffs, dreamy rhythms and vocals, the lyrics of the song stipulate someone who had such big imaginings for their life and set aspirational goals growing up, yet, they’re extremely unsatisfied with how things have turned out and whether they can ever have a meaningful life. It’s a pretty pertinent song, because I think most people in our age demographic are starting to realise and have thoughts along those lines, and the song captures a moment where you either make the move and live out those dreams, or whether you fall into the masses and go through the motions.”
“Going through the motions” is a great descriptor for the video for Room 309, too. The clip shows the Curly Blonde boys sitting on the same couch, going through the motions of early-twenties life – trying to entertain themselves on a budget, and trying to keep from snapping at the friend at their side. Created entirely by themselves in COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria, the clip is the perfect representation of the theme behind Room 309, as Brynn explains, “The concept of the video clip was to capture the isolation and monotony of being stuck in the same place but wanting to get out of there. The video clip resonates really well with the song, because Room 309 is about someone having such high hopes for life, but not being able to reach any goals. The COVID lockdown situation sort of helped us in a way, because not being able to go anywhere and having to do the same things over and over again fitted so well into the music video.”
Speaking of the COVID lockdown – in light of being stood down from their respective jobs, Brynn and Fergus of Curly Blonde were able to buckle down and work on their music together, as Fergus says, “Covid has actually helped us, in a funny way. We were both stood down from our jobs and the spare time allowed us to really come together and record this song and our upcoming debut EP. We felt that if life had continued in its hectic state, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve as much as we have this year.”
Curly Blonde is Brynn O’Connor and Fergus Selkirk-Bell