Wednesday February 10, 2016 – Sydney-based groundbreakers, Slumberhaze are happy to announce the new single taken off their final 3-Part EP trilogy Rhyme, Rhythm, and Romance (RRR3), ‘Run as Fast as You Can, Kids’, which will be released on Friday 12 February, 2016 via iTunes and Bandcamp. The quartet will be playing a stack of tour dates along the east coast to launch the new release starting March 2 – 19, with local bands to support. See full tour details below.
‘Run as Fast as You Can, Kids’ follows on from the success of their previous single, ‘Nothing But You’ (taken off ‘RRR2’), which achieved spot rotation on triple j, high rotation on Double J and triple j unearthed, and over 100,000 plays on Spotify. The new song finds the band at their best: darkly melodic, mid-tempo, and instantly memorable. Lyrically, the song explores the despair-inducing rat race of modernity, holding a mirror up to the blinkered mentality we so often see in others, but ignore in ourselves.
Maddie caught up with Sash to chat about their new EP.
1.What does ‘Slumberhaze’ mean? And why shouldn’t we believe the haze?
Slumberhaze is a state of unconsciousness, where you are distracted & influenced by the system we have been brought up to believe. Don’t Believe The Haze is a prompt to question all, to aim for clarity and to see through the clouds. I believe it’s the ultimate high.
- Where did the idea for a three-part EP come from?
At the time of writing the first installation, we were listening to the songs and realising the songs are very different and hard to label. At that point we thought the best way to introduce our sound and vision is to more or less drip feed small quantities and let listeners get the vibe slowly. We had 50 tracks then and I loved the theme of a Trilogy, its easy and its like a collectable. So RRR was born and we agreed on 3 parts over 3 years, 12 tracks, 6 music videos. We ended up doing more videos and more songs, though.
- Since you guys classify yourselves as ‘anti-genre’, how would you describe your music to new listeners?
Pop Music for the Left fielders, the Right Brainers & The Straight Up Trippers. Its still Pop, though.
- You recently released your music video for new single ‘Run as Fast as You Can, Kids’, what was the inspiration behind the Mario videogame-based film? (and where can we play this game!?)
The bass line and the beat had such a movement that it just reminded me of a little character running on a platform game. So we then got an animator in and explained the premise of the song and its meaning and wrote a new Mario Bros set in Sydney travelling through adolescence, work life and into happiness.
5. And where did the inspiration for the song itself come from?
I wrote the chorus line RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN, KIDS and that triggered memories of a pricky school carnival, and urged me to paraphrase my dislike for team sports and competition. I played sport most of my youth and rarely enjoyed the pressure, so I saw the shit side to it, most of which people don’t, they love the versus and its rush, I don’t.
- ‘Nothing But You’ is being used for the multi-platinum series Vetus, that must’ve been a big opportunity to get your song out there, tell us a little bit about the experience. Were you involved in the making of the music video?
No, we were just asked by the filmmakers to write a song for the conceptual intro to the series, and it ws written in 2 hours on an ipad. Once I sent the demo, they loved it and we took 3 months to re-record it, and it basically sounded exactly like the demo again. I was in the music video, and sitting through make up for 6 hours is as pricky as it gets, so all props to actors (pun intended)
- Since the last part to the EP trilogy is set for release sometime this year, what can you tell us about it?
It is a great closer. It has a real power to it. The instruments are very well arranged and the songs are just grooving. It will be out late May.
- Channel V called ‘Run as Fast as You Can, Kids’ one of the best new songs, has this helped the band in the lead up to the release of the music video?
We were happy they said that, but bummed when 2 days later, they announced they were closing Channel V. It was just our luck, but happy we got a shot anyway.
- Your upcoming tour begins on March 2nd, what can the fans expect from your set list?
A very theatrical set of songs. We have rehearsed tirelessly for months, refined our music and show. Its not a dance party, its not a drunken scene, its for the thoughtful and the hazers. Its going to be beautiful.
- What’s next for Slumberhaze after the final part of the EP trilogy ‘’ is released?
We have material for 3 more full length albums, but we want to tour our music in Europe, UK & USA, and hopefully Japan!
Thanks Sash for your time, we wish you all well for the future!
Accompanying the single is a 32-bit era music video depicting the members of the band as characters in a Mario Brothers style video game. The unique concept heightens the band’s already incredible catalogue of film. Boasting a YouTube channel replete with artful music videos and hilarious skits, Slumberhaze fall into that rare class of artists who undertake everything they do with sincerity and seriousness, while not taking themselves too seriously at all. The official music video is set for release on Friday 19 February 2016 and the highly anticipated RRR3 EP is scheduled for release later this year.
Slumberhaze will bring their energetic live shows to Newcastle, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Wollongong and Rye in March. Tickets are available through venue outlets.
RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN, KIDS
AUSTRALIAN EAST COAST SINGLE LAUNCH
WED 2 MAR – LASS O’GOWRIE, NEWCASTLE NSW 18+
With Raave Tapes and Voodoo Youth
FRI 4 MAR – MILK FACTORY, BRISBANE QLD 18+
With Outside the Academy and Trails
SAT 5 MAR – TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY NSW AA
With special guests
FRI 11 MAR – RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW 18+
With Dluna, Archy Punker and more
SAT 12 MAR – LAZY BONES, SYDNEY NSW 18+
With Dluna and more
THU 17 MAR – TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA ACT 18+
With Latham’s Grip and String Elephants
FRI 18 MAR – PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE VIC 18+
With Baptizm of Uzi and Canary
SAT 19 MAR – BAHA TACO, RYE VIC 18+
With The Mystic Tip Rats
‘Run as Fast as You Can, Kids’ is available on iTunes and Bandcamp this Friday 12 February!
Written by Maddie