Boasting a successful return from their year of supporting their debut album through constant gigs, Turtle Bay Television are proud to show off their new single ‘No Future’ off the track list for their upcoming sophomore album, ready for release this Friday the 4th of March.
Getting their start in 2012, the band has evolved throughout the years and looks a lot different now compared to when they first started out. Now they sit at seven members, including a brass section and a cast of singers and instrumentalists. They shared stages with some of Perth’s favourites, such as Tired Lion, Felicity Groom, Pat Chow, Abbe May and Simone & Girlfunkle. Now, Turtle Bay TV is confident that they’ve carved out a place for themselves in Perth’s soundwaves especially in the past year, giving thanks to their loyal fanbase and fellow musicians alike who admire them just the same; “[The band uses] effortless riffs, slack-wristed grooves and refreshingly prosaic lyrics” (Lyndon Blue, Cool Perth Nights).
Their new single ‘No Future’ pays homage to many references that have touched their frontman and songwriter, Thomas Cockram, who also made many contributions to their debut album ‘Sketch Caustic’ in 2020. This track is indebted to the layered pop of the Beach Boys, Berlin-era David Bowie and thematically influenced by the documentaries of Adam Curtis, namely his 2016 film, ‘HyperNormalisation’. This track was written by Cockram, but unlike their debut album which was based on the songwriter’s musings over the last couple of years, this single reflects the more collaborative approach they’ve used in their second album. This time around, bass player Lyric Duckett and trumpeter Will Johnson have worked together with Cockram to produce a more vibrant, eclectic and textured sound before sending it off to Michael Jelinek of Jelly Sound for mixing and mastering.
Cockram goes on to explain the creative process for ‘No Future’; “I wanted to capture this feeling of being compelled to learn and understand real, upsetting things about the world, whilst also feeling that learning those things wasn’t really going to change me or the world around me, making me feel sad and kind of silly. So I wanted to send myself up a bit. I originally focused more on the words than the music, but once we got into the studio, all the stuff we’d been listening to, mostly the Beach Boys and easy listening acts like The Everly Brothers and Glen Campbell, came to the fore and lead us to a very lush, harmonious sound.”
To celebrate the release of their new single, Turtle Bay TV will be having a single launch at The Bird on Saturday 5th March (postponed), along with special guests Lazer Gator and Buckland. The band are also in the process of planning a WA coastal tour alongside their new album, so keep an eye out for updates surrounding COVID restrictions and regulations.
Don't forget to check out the track tomorrow!