Q&A Scene: Jack McLaine and Chloe Wilson ~ SUMNER

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

We’ve been working on our upcoming EP All That I Am for a year now. We used music as a catharsis, with the EP following a story from illness to a cleaner, healthier mind with a change of perspective through the process. The EP was entirely self produced and recorded. We worked with some mates for particular parts such as Shanice Osita Chuku on additional vocals in “45 Roses” and “Pictures”, Billy Bennett on additional guitar for “Lover”. We also worked with Ross Irwin (The Cat Empire, The Bamboos) for the horn parts on “45 Roses”. The EP was mixed by Kevin “KD” Davis (Rihanna, TLC, Destiny’s Child, Tupac).

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Our sound would be a crisp and creamy pavlova with fresh strawberries, passionfruit, blueberries and kiwi fruit. Because that’s a tasty treat, and we make tasty beats.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

For us it’s 45 Roses, as it’s an introspective look at getting through some shit and coming out the other side a better/more resilient person. But the beauty of music is that different things resonate with different people for a variety of reasons, so we’re keen to see how the EP resonates with individuals.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

Uber will always be there to help you. We love Uber. One time we got an Uber through Sydney when we were on a short tour with Wil Wagner. The driver was a massive 6”4 guy with biceps the size of Jack’s thighs. The only music he played was house remixes of Destiny’s Child hits. That is the best way to get razzed before a gig.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

The single is called Pictures, off our upcoming EP. The song was inspired by the feeling of being alone in a packed club full of people. Feeling distant and out of touch with everyone around you laughing, dancing and having a generally happy time.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Rhiannon or Tusk by Fleetwood Mac, those are serious bangers right there.

What’s next for you?

This year we hope to write a mixtape with other Tasmanian artists. We’re going to play a heap of shows, drink a lot of coffee, and see more of Australia!

What’s your scene?

Tasmanian scenery. Gin & Tonics. A Tribe Called Quest. Cafes with dank coffee and muesli. Cats. Northface (it’s really f**king cold in Tasmania). Erykah Badu’s hats. The Simpsons. Books.

There’s something very special about the enigmatic electronic duo Sumner, consisting of Jack McLaine and Chloe Wilson.  The underground newcomers have already played alongside Vera Blue, The Smith Street Band, Montaigne, graced the Falls Festival stage and are a part of the upcoming Party In The Paddock…but in 2018, it’s about to get a whole lot bigger with the release of their exciting new single, Pictures, on February 9.  This dark RnB track examines solitude, and is the first taste of Sumner’s upcoming debut EP, All That I Am (out Feb 16), a release that explores illness, diagnosis, personal struggle and catharsis, all within Sumner’s own very cool little world.

Pictures plays with a wide variety of elegant influences; the duo embrace the production style of Lorde’s first LP, while adding their own distorted pop/RnB stylings reminiscent of Frank Ocean and heavy bass that feels like something off an Arctic Monkeys record.  It’s a potent combination that particularly shines on this single, as the duo have skillfully pieced together some seriously eclectic moments to create this one intelligent, mature, hooky song.  Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, Jack and Chloe agree it’s definitely about feeling very alone, The song was inspired by the feeling of being alone in a packed club full of people.  Feeling distant and out of touch with the people around you laughing, dancing and having a generally happy time.”

The EP All That I Am is further proof that Sumner are one to watch.  This collection of songs is perfectly unique and completely self-assured, and not only is that very rare for such a young project – it’s precisely what makes them special.  All That I Am is effortlessly cool and refreshing, with open vulnerability within the lyrics that overflow atop consistant beds of glowing, pulsating, dexterous production.  Jack and Chloe share a little more about the process and the team behind it all, “The EP was entirely self-produced and recorded.  We worked with some mates for particular parts such as Shanice Osita Chuku on additional vocals in 45 Roses and Pictures, and Billy Bennett (Save The Clock Tower) on additional guitar for Lover.  We also worked with Ross Irwin (The Cat Empire, The Bamboos) for the horn parts on 45 Roses.  The EP was mixed by Kevin ‘KD’ Davis (Rihanna, TLC, Destiny’s Child, Tupac) and mastered by Grammy Award winner William Bowden (Gotye, Hermitude).”

Music is the constant thread shared between Jack and Chloe, as they reflect on the theme of the EP and what it was that brought them together, “We used music as a catharsis, with the EP following a story from illness to a cleaner, healthier mind with a change of perspective through the process… We met living in the small town of Launceston and finding each other’s music through mutual friends.  We decided to link up to play a one off gig as ‘Sumner’ and we haven’t stopped making music since.”

Pictures will be out on February 9 and All That I Am is set for release on February 16.

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