Q&A Scene: Ms. 45

Tell us about your new EP ‘Neuromancer?

We conceived it as a soundtrack to an imaginary world in its dying phase. A solitary walk through collapsed buildings and empty streets. Heaps of synth and heaps of sci-fi. It was recorded with genius John Lee at Phaedra studios.

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

Our video clip, for Salt Water. It was the most fun thing to create as a band. We assembled about 20 of our mates in a quiet beach town, pumped them full of champagne and let them loose on the beach on camera. The result was really quite disgusting and we don’t really know what to think about some of those people anymore.

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

We were in Ocean Grove recording the Salt Water video. We were staying in a nice house on the Beach, parents asleep up the hall. Three of the cast members were in the bathroom, blasting loud music. Eventually we went in to investigate/tell them to shut the fuck up. We found them urinating on each other in the bath.

What, or who, inspires you?   

David Lynch, Brett Easton Ellis, Kylie Minogue. Bad pop-music and dirty movies.

Which song do you wish you wrote?    

‘Tender is the Night,’ by the Triffids. It’s so much more than a great pop-song, it’s like a poem or something. We’ve recorded a cover which might appear on the album we’ll be releasing next year,

What’s next for you?    

We’re playing a residency at the front bar of the Tote every Thursday in November.  In the meantime we’re recording an album with Lindsay Gravina who’s worked with some of our heroes like Rowland S Howard, HTRK (and Jet…), so we’re super excited about that.

What’s your scene?    

Oh fuck, we don’t really have one. Some of our besties to play with recently have been Electric Toothbrush and Messy Mammals. Honestly can’t recommend them enough.

New to the Melbourne music scene, Ms.45 is the brainchild and alter ego of arcane pop chanteuse Ella Jackson. Having been described as everything from “Massive Attack meets Patti Smith” to “the goth Taylor Swift”, Ms.45’s set is genre-defying yet familiar, sometimes hypnotic and sometimes abrasive.
Despite only being around for a year or so, Ms.45 have very quickly become favourites on the Melbourne gig scene, playing countless shows and releasing two singles in 2018. [pullquote]‘Salt Water’, their second single of 2018 was included in The Ripe’s ‘Best Singles of 2018’.[/pullquote] Ms.45 released their debut EP ‘Neuromancer’, recorded by John Lee at Phaedra Studios (Totally Mild, Lost Animal) on 26th October 2018. The tracks on this EP are wide in breadth, including a tongue-in-cheek political rap number, a blissed out disco banger that will transport you to all-white, cocaine-laden, Bret Easton Ellis influenced dance parties on the beach, and disjointed ballads straight out of Twin Peaks.
Grab your copy here!
Ms.45 will be playing The Tote each Thursday in November in support of the EP release, along with a small run of Melbourne shows to close out the year – to be announced.
Thursday 1st November – The Tote, Collingwood VIC
with support from Activities of Daily Living, Rent Boy
Thursday 8th November – The Tote, Collingwood VIC
with support from Synthetics, Infraghosts
Thursday 15th November – The Tote, Collingwood VIC
with support from Electric Toothbrush, James Seedy
Thursday 22nd November – The Tote, Collingwood VIC
with support from Poppongene, Gun Ctrl
Thursday 29th November – The Tote, Collingwood VIC
with support from Premium Fantasy, Dark Water

01  No Television
02  Salt Water
03  Neuromancer
04  ’Til We Meet Again
05  Give Me A Reason

Ms.45 released their ‘Neuromancer’ EP independently on Friday 26th October 2018.

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