Off the back of his Top 10 ARIA album, 2015’s Cast of Yesterday, alternative folk/rock troubadour Tim Wheatley has announced his third single off the release, 78 Benz, and an accompanying film clip that’s steeped in nostalgia. To celebrate the release, Wheatley will be returning to Australia in June for two exclusive performances at The Marlborough Hotel Sydney on June 2 and The Grace Darling Melbourne on June 10.
78 Benz is a rambling, guitar-driven ode to those who follow their passion, despite the rejection and struggle that accompanies it. Produced by Paul Mckercher (You Am I, Sarah Blasko, Josh Pyke) and mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon), Wheatley’s effortless vocals float gently atop a bed of acoustic strumming, emotive harmony and country-inspired licks. Drawing inspiration from a despondency stemming from pursuing several different creative projects at once, Wheatley explains, “I had been in LA nearly a year, playing shows, writing, and turning my hand to other things like modelling and acting. I was juggling three passions, in which rejection is an integral part, and really struggling with it… ironically, as much as it was taking its toll on me, 78 Benz, my favourite song on the record, would never have come about with the absence of struggle.”
The clip for 78 Benz depicts Tim as a creative chameleon, trying his hand at an array of different artistic disciplines with infectious optimism. Working with director Andrew Noel, Tim describes the process of making the clip, “In staying true to the lyric, Andy and I wanted to depict a few of the things I tried after moving to Los Angeles… I was struggling with a few of the ‘necessary evils’ within industries I was quite unfamiliar with. I think Andy captured ‘looking to the bright of otherwise trying times’ really well.”
In light of the release, Wheatley will be returning to home soil in June to play two intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Excited about the upcoming trip, Tim enthuses, “I can’t wait to get back to Australia, and for people to hear this song. In fact, I wish I was staying in Australia longer!”
TIM WHEATLEY 78 BENZ SINGLE LAUNCH DATES
THURS 2 JUNE | THE MARLBOROUGH HOTEL (MARLY BAR) | NEWTOWN, SYDNEY
FRI 10 JUNE | GRACE DARLING HOTEL | COLLINGWOOD, MELBOURNE