Following the stellar reception of previous releases ‘Side Of The Road’ and ‘Can’t Blame The City’, Perth band The Mackerels return with an upbeat indie rock track, ‘Not Gonna Be’.
The new track sees the band taking a different path than their signature indie rock signature and rather opting for something a bit more upbeat with a matching message to boot!
Was there a specific experience that inspired the idea behind 'Not Gonna Be'?
I think at the time i was working on a bunch of different things and was getting a bit too hung up on perfect outcomes, and stretching myself pretty thin. The inspiration was just giving up on everything! But not really, more just getting to understand that there's only so much I can do, which is a bit frustrating, but pretty freeing in the end! I think that's why the song sounds kinda upbeat, but the words not so much.
The lyrics “my hands have holes, that let everything fall through / why so, I don’t know, but it’s always gonna be that way” do a great job of summarising the internal power struggle between success and satisfaction; but ironically enough the production stage of the song went in the opposite direction.
Thanks to working with the talented folks at Blackbird Sound Studio and building upon a riff that started the song’s conception, it wasn’t long until all the parts came together before finally being mastered by William Bowden of King Willy Sound.
You guys said "we could already hear the finished product before mixing had even started." Is putting together a song always this easy for you as a band?
That was really about the recording experience for the album. Dave really understood how we wanted the songs to sound and was able to capture it in a seamless manner. This one seemed to come together pretty quickly and just felt right when we are recording.
Being active in the local live scene has seen the band’s fanbase grow and earn a name for themselves - so much so that they’ve already secured a spot at the Nannup Music Festival and are set to release their full length debut album in March 2022 - of which ‘Not Gonna Be’ stands as a little teaser for the project.
What do fans have to look forward to on the upcoming album?
10 tracks of mostly pretty chimey, jangly garage rock with a few twists along the way. I was keen for the album to be a snapshot of what we are doing with our songwriting and live show, which is hopefully a good time!
'Not Gonna Be' is live soon on all streaming platforms! Head over here to pre-save now and have a sneak peek below!