Check out a perfect summer song to see on road trips. Eli Greeneyes has all the elements I love as an artist.
WA born, Eli Greeneyes has just realised his new single and music video, 21 an anthem for the cool kids, perfect for summer road trips or weekend afternoons with mates in the sun. Syncopated beats and overdriven guitar riffs undertone the affecting lyrics in a way that remind me of early Coldplay or The Kooks, while building to a great crescendo making this a Brit-pop inspired tune! 21 is a reflection of expectation vs reality in self-discovery on the journey to independence and adulthood.
The video clip for 21 is a throwback to 90s influences with Eli performing directly to the camera in an almost Jamiroquai fashion, as we move through a very Australian summer farm environment with bright colours and fast pacing.
Music Injection – Top 5 Musical Influences – ELI GREENEYES
Eccentric and brash, Eli Greeneyes has announced his deeply confessional new single 21, a chaotic yet content exploration into getting older and losing control. The moving single is accompanied by a scenic video clip, filmed in collaboration with the artist’s closest friends. After a relocation back home due to COVID-19, the release of 21 feels poignant – a young person wondering what on earth is going to happen next.
These are gonna have to be in no particular order to be honest with ya! it’s a very hard to answer as I have had so many influences in music!
- RADIOHEAD. I think the reason why they are such a respected band is that they’re always chasing the feeling in the song, like you can hear that it’s all they’re concerned about is conveying their feelings and capturing them!
- NIRVANA. Kurt’s originality as a songwriter blows my mind! he’s probably top 3 of my favourite songwriters I think!
- AVRIL LAVIGNE. That LET GO record was a huge influence of mine growing up and I’ve come back to it in the last year and those songs are fucking awesome you can’t knock em man.
- MCLUSKY. They were a band that I started listening to when I moved to Melbourne. Right at the time that I moved to VIC I was realising I had been holding a whole lot of anger inside myself that I wasn’t putting into my songs or letting out, so I fell inlove with punk music and this band in particular. They taught me about obscure ways of saying things and how best to explain how you feel and that sometimes the phrases can just be fun and amusing too! They taught me to sing to the point of yelling where your voice just gives out and you have no control over it. In that moment your voice just is what it is. They’re so original and they mean a lot to me.
- and ofcourse! OASIS! not only has Noel been one of my favourite songwriters but that band has attitude and as soon as i started being obsessed with them a while back it was like “I want some of that, or at least my own version of it” which I do have and always had a bit of that but was always afraid to do it but I just don’t care anymore. They are just themselves, especially Liam! so they helped me decide that I needed that for myself, not to be like them but to be exactly who I am. I’m a bit emotional, a bit brash, a bit quirky and weird, a bit intense, Gotta a lot of love and I’m a good songwriter and no one can take that away from me.
Evocative of exciting artists such as YUNGBLUD and DMAs, but also with clear influences from the classics – Oasis, The Verve – 21 has that instant-classic feel; like a song you already know, but can’t place. It feels ready-made for summer, roadtrips, lazy afternoon swims and drinks in the backyard. Guitars glisten, percussion rambles along at a reassuring pace – but the real star is Eli Greeneyes’ ear-catching vocal. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Eli explains, “I wrote it in about 15 minutes about how depressed and scared I was about living my life the way I truly wanted to at 21 years old…I was becoming my own person and for some reason the thought of that was terrifying. A lot of this song is about figuring out who I am and feeling like I realised it too late, looking back at wasted time and how I wasn’t sucking the marrow out of life like I should’ve been. I was so pent up with childhood trauma and all that bullshit that I wasn’t seeing and enjoying all the positive things in front of me.”
The clip for 21 feels as warm as the track itself, perfectly set in a deeply saturated lawn with a knowing nod towards the 90s influences behind the song with the use of a fisheye lens. The clip was made in collaboration with his close friend Connor Maher and partner Alex Maher, as Eli reflects, “I have never made a multi shot video before (only one shots), so the video is basically me not knowing what I’m doing and trying a whole bunch of angles and speeds of shooting. Just singing the song at the lens around the farm. I did have the shots planned-ish in terms of being slowed down or sped up, but that’s about as much planning that went into it…just a cool clip! I really like learning by just doing things I guess and getting my girlfriend or my mate to just point and shoot and see what happens.”
Mixed by Andy Lawson (Little Birdy, Eskimo Joe, Gyroscope) and mastered by William Bowden (Gotye, The Middle East, Miami Horror), 21 feels like a time capsule, something to look back on to remember what you were feeling during a particular time in your life. Personalities, thoughts, beliefs – these are all things that are subject to change, as Eli concludes, “At that age, I did the best I could, and will always be figuring it out. No one person is 100 percent buddha with all the answers. We’re all bit of a mess sometimes but I feel on the other side of that mess is a power that can’t be taught by being scared or worried all the time.”