Photography - Tashi Hall
Angie Colman has released an emotional and captivating track that relates to the hardships in life we've all come across at one time or another. The passionate vocals and relatable lyrics paired with dream rock melodies produce an incredible new single to dance and cry to.
Written during a hard period of Angie’s life, the latest track is a testimony to the hardships of mental health and an upbeat reminder to be gentler with yourself. Although born from a difficult chapter, the song itself is an electrifying indie-pop anthem; heartfelt but light hearted, a song you can cry to on the dancefloor.
Angie reflects on the track, “After the break down of a 5 year long relationship, being forced out of my home, and being jobless, I found my mental health had deteriorated. Coming up to my 24th birthday, I felt unworthy of celebration and noted the destructive behaviours that were contributing to my pessimistic outlook on life.”
It sounds like an incredible journey of self-discovery you've had through this last chapter of your life. What do you think has been the most valuable lesson?
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I absolutely have not yet stopped learning my lessons yet ahaha! When I was younger and beginning to struggle with my mental health, and going through traumatic events or a tough period, I kind of thought one day I would just come out of it all some changed person, like a caterpillar to a butterfly style of thing. Turns out brains and life don’t work that way and that your relationship with yourself is constantly growing and evolving. My friend put it really nicely once by saying that your mind is like your body in that you don’t just go to the gym once and be a healthy person, you have to go all the time and forever!! And so similarly your mind needs constant and persistent commitment so you can always grow and learn and better yourself. I hope that I never stop learning and growing.
How has your relationship with music developed and do you feel it has shaped your writing style?
Music has always been a bit of a therapeutic crutch for me. I definitely write in times of hardship or to better understand my own thoughts and actions. I guess since starting to make songs that I know will be heard by other people, I have been more brutal with making sure songs are polished and that every word is worth singing because every second counts in the music industry! But I still write a song with all the intent of vulnerability and honesty that I always have, otherwise it’s not worth sharing for me. I write and perform to connect with people and you can’t do that if you aren’t being honest.
The latest offering was moulded and shaped by producer Andy Lawson (Noah Dillon, Death by Denim) at Debaser Studio. Angie and the band will be hitting the road again for a run of shows across the country including supporting Melody Pool on their national tour.
How was it working with Andy Lawson and were there any magic moments in the studio you can share?
Andy is just amazing, isn’t he?! My favourite moment recording “No Party!” was watching Andy sat on the floor surrounded by all these guitar pedals, plugging things in and pressing buttons like a kid in a toy shop, just absolutely fixated on the sound and the excitement of that sound. It was in that moment he found that ripper guitar tone for Sarah’s lead riff, and it was so magical watching someone be so passionate about music and tone and sound, and then make a piece of art out of it.
How has it felt being back on tour celebrating this track?
It’s been amazing. Most of the shows I’ve done have been solo and I’ve met some beautiful people and spent time with folk I wouldn’t normally get to spend time with as they live across Australia, but I am also looking forward to the band/duo shows that we’ve got coming up to have some fun with the band and our friends! Of course, the launch is this Friday which we are SO EXCITED for – I’m really looking forward to celebrating (ironically, given the tune haha!) and seeing how everyone has connected with this song.
If you could describe yourself as a flavour of ice cream what would it be?
God I flippin LOVE ice cream so much. Okay, it’s not an ice cream maybe like a raspberry sorbet? I feel like that’s for people who are a bit sombre hahaha! And also pink is my fave colour so cant really go wrong.
Interviewer - Keeley Connolly