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Jen interviews The New Yorks to ask about their new single ‘We Enjoy This Too Much’ and their upcoming tour.


If you like The Wombats you will love the sound of The New Yorks. Super catchy tunes. Check out below ‘We Enjoy This Too Much’ to see what I mean. Music Injection Australia.

Indie rockers The New Yorks have released their new single We Enjoy This Too Much, a seriously fun, guitar-driven bop reminiscent of The Wombats.  An endearing clip, featuring the charismatic half wolf/half human frontman Sir Wolf, accompanies We Enjoy This Too Much with a perfect nostalgic quality.  This lively track is the second taste of their sophomore EP I Wish I Was You, But That’s Just Me, a collection of clever and irresistibly catchy songwriting.  To celebrate the release, The New Yorks will be hitting the road, kicking off with a free show at Hotel Steyne in Sydney on August 18, then heading through their hometown of Adelaide on August 25 and wrapping up in Melbourne at the The Reverence on September 22. More info below.

Hi guys, while I was researching your band I have the preconceived idea that you were American but then I read you are from Adelaide. Was there a reason you went for a name that confuses me?

Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a story behind the name, it was just some that we found had a nice ring to it. In an odd way, we liked how seemingly generic it was.

I was interested in your sound when I read that your music was similar to The Wombats. When I interviewed them I also was puzzled why they were called The Wombats since they are from the UK….. Anyway to be likened to them is a great honour I feel, would you agree?

Of course, personally I’ve loved The Wombats since I was about thirteen. I remember a friend of mine showing me School Uniforms and after that I was intrigued with the band, not to mention how talented Matthew Murphy is with his quick-witted lyrics and sneaky sarcastic remarks.

 I was like thirteen trying to piece together, “How can I compete with that? I don’t even know the location of the bike sheds…” Maybe I inferred too much meaning, anyway being likened to them is something I’m really proud of.

Your new single “We Enjoy This Too Much” is a rant about the dynamics of a couple. Can you tell us exactly what you mean about that? My husband and I don’t bicker over Netflix. If he is watching something I don’t like I use my lap top on the bed! Haha

In that case, you and your husband are doing something right. The repetition of the lyrics is meant to represent this back and forth bickering, the fact that an argument was even undertaken about Netflix is a perfect example of it. It’s arguing for the sake of arguing and the realisation that maybe you both like it, hence “We Enjoy This Too Much”. The chorus is somewhat of a plea for the bickering to stop, but it goes full circle with the final line “but I can’t give in”.

The music video is very quirky! Talk about taking me back to my teenage years with all the props, even the small red tv! Excellent use of pop culture at the time. I had that Hall and Oates Album. Haha. This is a great concept for a video, who came up with the idea and it being a prequel to ‘Sir Wolf’?

Much appreciated! I first proposed the idea of this reoccurring character and then we all shaped it, especially Oliver Del Vecchio who filmed and directed the clips. After filming Sir Wolf and setting up this narcissistic character, I thought it would be somewhat interesting to explore how Sir Wolf got to that point. Both Oliver and I are quite intrigued by narrative film clips, and think telling a full story is definitely entertaining.


The main themes of your EP ‘I Wish I Was You, But That’s Just Me’ are how complicated relationships are and questions juvenile Morality. Interesting concepts. Can you elaborate on this?

The songs were all written in my teens and approaching twenty I think it was the time to share them. Each track discusses our juvenile experiences and what we thought morality was, whether that being regarding relationships or how we behaved when trying to achieve what we wanted.

After listening to the EP a couple of times the stand out track for me is ‘Badman.’ It is the song that drew me in and got stuck in my head in a good way though. That guitar is great! Can you take us through the writing process of this song?

Badman was an song that was written earlier in comparison to Sir Wolf or Truman, usually I will write out the full demos using an interface into my computer, after figuring out the core guitar parts. For Badman, it was a much simpler process, I think I just sat there and wrote the rhythm and lyrics, then looped each section and wrote the lead and bass, before bringing it to the band. Obviously, once bringing it to the band several aspects were tweaked and changed.

You have your tour coming up, can you tell our readers in 9 words why they should head to one of your shows?

Manly is free.  Beers cheap. Decent music, I think.

Got to keep it short guys, life is hectic at the moment, I guess for us all. Thanks for your time and I wish you all the best.

Thanks for having us!

The New Yorks tour poster

Catch The New Yorks on their tour, details here.


Free entry show | supported by Space Monk

Tickets available from | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

Tickets available at doors


We Enjoy This Too Much is so steeped in mid-2000s influences, yet somehow it exists as new today, and audiences will surely be grateful that it does.  Evoking thoughts of The Strokes, Catfish And The Bottlemen and early offerings from The Jungle Giants, We Enjoy This Too Much goes hard and fast, guitars and riffs abound, and buoyed by clever lyrics and lead vocalist Vinnie Barbaro’s energetic performance.  Of the inspiration behind the track, Vinnie says, We Enjoy This Too Much is a rant about an irrational adoration for constant debate and agitation between a couple.  It’s a bit of a complicated relationship… the idea of love-hate and what is actually healthy is one that is dwelled upon, with conversational lyrics intended to represent bickering about what to watch on Netflix.  The temptation to push the quarrel in order to get one’s way is unanimously accepted to be a waste of time, instead they both take comfort in meaningless argument.”

 The clip is a VHS-soaked alternate universe where it’s somehow completely normal for a wolf/human hybrid to start a band in their garage and ultimately suffer a meteoric fall from grace.  Directed by Oliver Del Vecchio of EAT SLEEP EMPIRE (The Coconut Kids), the concept behind the clip sounds a bit off-kilter but somehow makes perfect sense when all is in motion.  Vinnie explains, “The film clip is a prequel to the video of our previously released track, Sir Wolf.  Sir Wolf was established as a dominant character, a gobbling narcissist of a business man that’s interested in the dollars generated behind the music.  Sir Wolf is extravagant in order to out-shadow his dissatisfaction.  We Enjoy This Too Much provides a backstory to how he became this figure.  Set in 1985, the clip shows the failure of Sir Wolf’s band, ‘Steppe & The Hunting Men’ and his adoption in the music business.  A love for being a musician results to be detrimental, with his failure turning him bitter.”

The EP encompasses this world, cleverly crafted by the band, and spins it into an indie pop/rock wonderland.  Upon listening to I Wish I Was You, But That’s Just Me, you would be forgiven for thinking you had transported back to the time where Hot Fuss by The Killers was first doing the rounds.  Recorded at Chapel Lane Studios in Adelaide by Michael Carver and Simon Kither and mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound (Paolo Nutini, The National, Talking Heads), the songs fold into each other with ease, swelling and deflating most sweetly; crescendoing at Truman and taking a gentle breath in at Death In Modern Time.  Speaking about the EP, Vinnie says, “The main themes of the EP are admiration and resentment; love/hate relationships and the irrelevance of questioning juvenile morality.  The notion of love/hate relationships is not necessarily based on human interaction, but rather how a love for something and the search for admiration or approval can rob that process of the elements that made you love it in the first place.”

Anyone who listens to these recordings will likely be hungry for the live show, and luckily The New Yorks are set to deliver.  The group are thrilled to be stopping by Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in August and September, and more than ready to hit the ground running with high-energy live shows.  Vinnie enthuses, “The recently built set is an honest representation of the recordings. We have always been a traditional band with an organic set up, little time for smoke, mirrors and bullshit.”

The New Yorks are Vinnie Barbaro, Marcus Rosella, Carlos Carosi and Jared Grimm.

The single We Enjoy This Too Much will be released on July 14.  The EP I Wish I Was You, But That’s Just Me is out July 31.



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