Q&A Scene: Louis Donnarumma ~ DONNARUMMA

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Our new single is called Love Your Man. The song is about a jealousy that warped my perception of a relationship I was in. The song travels back to the time where I felt betrayed by my partner. What an innocent boy I was.

Our EP Billy Billy is set for release on June 30th. We had Tom Barnes to engineer the record up in the Adelaide Hills at Mix Masters Studios. Barnes is an all round local legend, working with musicians from all stages of their career ranging from established artists like The Shaolin Afronauts to local up and coming talents like Wanderers. The main message in the EP is one of feeling lost as your growing up. I imagine Billy as being a general name for anyone that’s feeling lost with this whole growing up business.

We’ll be heading up the east coast in July and the boys and I are very much looking forward to it. Apart from our home town show in Adelaide, we’ll be hitting up Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney.

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

I think we would be a bit like sriracha sauce. It hits you from out of nowhere and will leave you wanting more.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

A new tune I’ve written resonates with me the most, all I can tell you at this point is it’s called 14 and it’s also about a relationship I was in.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

Definitely don’t drink milk if you’re lactose intolerant and driving for 3 hours……just saying…..

Where do you draw inspiration from?

If you listen to EP, you can tell I draw a lot of inspiration from love and longing. We’re all hopeless romantics, haha.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Arcade Fire’s ‘Wake up’, what an anthem.

What’s next for you?

We’re locking down more shows as we speak and heading to the studio later in the year. Hoping to release new music by the summer!

What’s your scene?

Probably hanging at pubs like the Exeter and Grace Emily in Adelaide. If not that, probably smashing down coffees.

Donnarumma have released their raucous debut single Love Your Man, a horn-bouyed heavy hitter that leaves little to the imagination.  The trio have also dropped a spectacularly menacing clip to accompany the track, directed by Lewis Brideson (Last Dinosaurs, West Thebarton Brothel Party).


Love Your Man is the first taste of the upcoming EP from the guys, Billy Billy, due for release on June 30.  Donnarumma will be hitting the road to celebrate Love Your Man and Billy Billy throughout July, hitting up Adelaide, Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney along the way.

Love Your Man is undeniable in many ways; those drums, those horns, that hook – you better love your man, love your man, delivered with just the right concoction of desperation, frustration and bubbling, tenuous anger.  With hints of jazz influences that filter through the likes of The Cat Empire, and notable production and arrangement references to Gang of Youths, Donnarumma have devised a unique and innovative composition in Love Your Man.  The accompanying clip, with its scorned female conceiving cruel and perilous circumstances for her unfortunate lover, reflects the frenzied nature of the song perfectly.  Speaking on the song and its unforgettable, ominous video, lead singer Louis Donnarumma says, Love Your Man is about the jealousy that warped my perception of a relationship I was once in.  The song travels back to a time where I felt betrayed by my partner – what an innocent boy I was!  The video shows this toxic relationship where the girl goes insane, kidnaps her partner and tries to kill him – then it is revealed that he’s been cheating on her the whole time and he ends up getting what he deserves.  Sounds ridiculous I know, but we tried to be as over the top as we could be.  It’s like those moments when you’re so angry you picture the most outrageous stories in your head.  We find it amusing and love the irony; there’s this man singing how he doesn’t feel loved, but does nothing but betray her!”

Billy Billy, the EP that Donnarumma have been honing and crafting for a year, provides a fine example of a band that understand how to express the highest highs and the lowest lows of the human experience.  Not only do they express, but they communicate with the listener, through punchy horn lines, irresistible rhythmic turns and hooky lyrics.  Drawing from a wide net of influences cast as far as Nina Simone to Arcade Fire, Billy Billy was engineered by Tom Barnes (The Shaolin Afronauts) and includes guests Paige Court (MANE), Maggie Rutjens (Timberwolf), and Ollie English on backing vocals.  Reflecting on the record, Louis remarks, “Firstly, the main message in these songs is one of feeling lost as you’re growing up.  I imagine Billy as being a general name for anyone that’s feeling lost with the whole business.  I feel like not many songs nowadays tackle this issue and it’s one that hits close to home, so I had to share it.  The other biggy is love, but not the way most people go about it, we have no rose coloured glasses so all of our love songs are about loves that have been lost.”

After experiencing Donnarumma through the speakers it’s pretty clear that this is a band that simply must be seen live.  Luckily for audiences the trio will be hitting up a bunch of venues along the east coast of the country and in their hometown of Adelaide throughout July.  Excited to be hitting the road, Louis gives audiences a taste of what to expect, Loud guitars, a drummer that jumps around and a bass that looks like a huge violin is just the start.  Armed with those, and a bunch of songs both from the EP and brand new, the live shows will leave you singing the hooks hours after you go home.”

Love Your Man is available from now and Billy Billy will be released on June 30.

Buy: Love Your Man       Preorder: BILLY BILLY







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