Q&A Scene: James Ross ~ WILD MEADOWS

Tell us about your upcoming single and show.

Our single “Feel The Noise” is being released on the 22nd september, we’ll be launching it at the Northcote Social on Saturday 30th September, supporting Amber isles. This is the first single from our debut self titled album which we recorded earlier this year. We wrote this album as a band over the space of a year and recorded it at Red Door studios in Collingwood with Woody Annison. Were really pleased with the results and already looking forward to recording another one.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

I love the whole album and my favourite track changes all the time, at the moment its the last track on the album “Uzi”. I really think we captured a certain feeling on that one.

Tell us a quick, in the studio or on-the-road anecdote.

Turning up to record some vocals and unwittingly sharing someones mega-joint, I was so wasted I actually considered briefly getting an uber to hospital. Jess then turned up and did exactly the same thing, I was too wasted to warn her!

What, or who, inspires you to create?

Everything in life, the good and the bad, playing and experimenting with the band, there great musicians and amazing people. Its an honour to spend time and make music with them.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

The Jesus and Mary Chain “Just like Honey” It’s genius, pure and simple. I remember hearing the band for the first time and they sounded like everything I loved. There something magical about the interplay between Jim and William Reid, a perfect mix of classic songwriting and sonic experimentation

What’s next for you?

We’ll be doing some great shows over the next few months, doing some festivals and writing our second album. It’s a great time to be alive.

What’s your scene?

Playing and listening to as much music as possible, enjoying time with my wonderful friends and family, travelling and enjoying being alive.

With members hailing from different corners of Australia and the world, Wild Meadows came together over a love of all things garage, shoegaze and noise-pop. Originally formed by James Ross (vocals/guitar) and Donovan Pill (bass), the band independently released its first EP in 2015. An explorative and confident debut, the EP received considerable radio play across the likes of Triple R FM. That year saw the band perform extensively throughout Melbourne, including a residency at The Tote, numerous headline shows and support slots with acts including Even and The Bo Weevils.

Following a change of lineup in mid-2016, Wild Meadows set about writing material for a full-length album. The addition of Jessica Lawrence (vocals), Dylan Bird (guitar) and Simon Gemmill (drums) saw the band take on a slightly more psych-rock infused sound, while still remaining true to the jangly noise-pop of its origins. After honing these new tracks at numerous headline shows the band engaged the services of Paul ‘Woody’ Annison to record, mix and produce the LP. The result is an exhilarating eight-tracker that achieves an impressive balance of dark, roaring crescendos with gentle, hazy ballads. Wild Meadows are excited to share this new album with the world.

About this track…

Wild Meadows proudly present ‘Feel the Noise’, the lead single from their forthcoming self-titled LP. A pulsating blend of noise-pop, psych-rock and shoegaze, the track is an ode to impulsiveness and the pleasure that comes from letting go. Recorded, mixed and produced by Paul ‘Woody’ Annison (Black Cab, Rocket Science).
Upcoming show:
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

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