If you haven't heard the debut from Alison Parade then you are certainly missing out. I dare you to listen to this song just once without hitting that replay button. The evolution of ‘Mum Found My Cigarettes’ occurred in parallel with the growth of the band, resulting in a track that wields a nostalgic feel, reflective of the band's progress and provides a comment on life and striking a balance between privilege and purpose in the strange times we find ourselves in.
Alison Parade is a three-piece alternative rock outfit that began in the wet weather town of Albany, WA. Since moving to Perth, Alison Parade’s sound has evolved in parallel with the band, incorporating a fusion of its member’s musical inspiration. Such inspiration has been drawn from artists King Krule, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, The Police and The Smiths, which has led to the unique alternative rock sound that is Alison Parade.
How did the move to Perth come around for the band and how has that impacted the bands growth?
We all grew up and finished school in the coastal town of Albany, 400km south of Perth. The move to Perth was both to further the opportunities for the band and a rite of passage for most people in Albany once they finish school and turn 18. As for how this impacted the band's growth, the impact was literal in that we acquired our bass player and now dear friend James, who had moved to Perth a few years prior. The move was also incredibly influential in that we were now working our craft in the rich, diverse and opportunity-plenty Perth music scene!
Mum Found My Cigarettes’ is the band’s debut single with the track's beginnings stemming back to as early as 2016 when Angus and Oscar began playing together in a back room in Albany.
Being from the archives, what is it like looking back at 'Mum Found My Cigarettes' now it's debut and out there?
Having played this song for over six years, it is quite validating to have finally created a complete and whole song that is now recorded and out for the world to hear. This song acts as a motif or symbol of the band's growth, with its beginnings comprising only Oscar and Angus at a schoolboy age, in the backroom in Albany, playing live at the few venues Albany offers – with a sound not yet solidified. To a place now where we have a song that is full in its structure, sound, and components. This track also acts as the sliding doors moment through which James became the band's bass player and fountain of knowledge. Originally, James offered to track a demo of ‘Mum Found My Cigarettes’, and we quickly realised we’d need someone to play the bass line, and it is basically from that moment onwards that James has been a staple of everything AP have done since.
Who did you produce this track with and what was that process like the first time as a band?
‘Mum Found My Cigarettes’ was produced by Tristan Sturmer at Sumo Sounds Sound Studios here in Osborne Park, Perth. Previously we had attempted numerous home demo recordings and gained some recording experience at SAE, as part of James’ course there. This meant that we were somewhat familiar with the recording process entering into Sumo. Working with Tristan was amazing, especially given that this track was quite old, we wanted to retain the sound we had carved out. Tristan’s ultra-collaborative approach made this incredibly easy, and we left with a final product even better than we had first anticipated. Moreover, it was simply a fun experience and gave us a bit of a kick of inspiration when we realised that this was something we could do often and potentially reap some rewards from a task that we all thoroughly enjoyed.
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What can you disclose in terms of the future of AP? What can we expect?
Currently, AP remains gigging around Perth, with shows on the 31st at Mojo’s, supporting another Albany-based band – The Manic. September sees AP support the Deeny’s at the Amplifier on the 10th, with the band then getting back into the studio in the middle of September to track another two singles set to release in the very near future, with plans for an EP to follow.