Much hyped WA band Cloning are about to release their cinematic new single “Messed Up”, a fast paced and reflective track which is about facing feelings of social alienation and hopelessness.
Cloning enjoyed a stellar 2020 and have quickly become a “stand out act on the already booming WA indie scene”, Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J. They enjoyed sold out headline shows, radio additions from 4ZZZ, RTR, Radio Adelaide and released 5 songs and 3 music videos despite the difficulties presented by COVID-19. Two of these songs have over 100,000 streams and their self-made surrealist music videos have been attracting significant attention on YouTube. With this following on from their debut EP “Pillars of Salt” (released 2019), the ambitious outfit are generating plenty of buzz and winning over lots of new fans.
Cloning have an eclectic and eccentric sound, largely a result of their broad range of influences. The outfit’s inspiration can be traced from the bold and ethereal guitar playing of My Bloody Valentine to the quirky and imaginative pop stylings of Lime Cordiale. This is true of their idiosyncratic new single, which was recorded with Dave Parkin (Spacey Jane, Tired Lion, Gyroscope) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, Cage The Elephant).
Speaking on the new song, singer and guitarist Felix Parker says, “I was influenced by COVID induced global instability and financial uncertainty, which a lot of my friends (and myself) were feeling. The song is about navigating these kinds of social pressures and trying to make the most out of a generally bad situation.”
“Messed Up” was also an opportunity for the band to explore new sounds with guitarist Bevan Green, acquiring a new instrument called a ronroco; a stringed mandolin-like instrument which is commonly used in South American folk music. Bevan says, “I’d wanted to buy a ronroco for years since hearing composer Gustavo Santaollala use it for the soundtrack on the video game The Last Of Us. I finally caved and got one when there was a half price shipping deal. We’d used mandolin on tracks before so we were keen to experiment with more unique tones and ranges. The ronroco is cool because it sits pretty much right in between the mandolin and guitar. I used the ronrocco for the fast picking parts during the outro of the song and just before the first chorus.”
“Messed Up” is the first single from an upcoming EP, and the group plan to accompany later singles with interstate touring, if COVID-19 is kept at bay. As Tone Deaf comments, Cloning are, “proving that they’re the future of indie and alt-rock in Australia”. The group return to the stage to celebrate the release of their new song on January 29th at The Indian Ocean Hotel and February 12th for an all-ages show at YMCA, Leederville.