Q&A Scene: Emily Smart ~ NAKATOMI

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Our new single is called Wooden Castle, sort of a dark electro pop song. Full disclosure, don’t make a castle out of wood. It’s structurally unsound and does not hold up well during a siege of knights, smokers, beavers or termites. We have an EP on the way in early 2018 and are off on Tour in November Co-Headlining Sad Grrrls Fest (Bris, Syd, Melb) and also playing a couple of shows at Australian Music Week in Sydney.

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

It’s a 10 pack of nuggets from Maccas. You’ll probably be listening to it at 2am, feeling pretty drunk and hopefully enjoying the shit out of it. We just hope you don’t get the hangover.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

We have a song called Old Flames that will be coming out on the EP. It’s kind of a perfect marriage of the modern electro pop and old school shoegaze bands we used to play in.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

We once lost Hamish when he got drunk after a gig in Wales. We’d all gone to bed on the tour bus at about 2am thinking he’d tag along, but he apparently just decided to roam the streets looking for any other gigs to check out. We found him 9am the next day drinking an orange juice in someone’s yard. We’ve now put a bell on him. Hopefully that will let us keep tabs on him.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

We watch a lot of 80’s movies and listen to 90’s grunge so we always draw a lot of influence from those. Then try and fit them into a modern electro sound.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

The theme from Seinfeld

What’s next for you?

Focusing on the final touches on the EP and getting it ready for release next year.

What’s your scene?

Our scene is to make the scene… also Animal face jumpers, that’s very important for everyone.

Nostaligic indietronic duo Nakatomi have today announced their dark new single, Wooden Castle, set for release on October 11.  The alluring futurepop track is accompanied by a Gondry-inspired clip, featuring the pair in a parable-like narrative complemented by the song.  Wooden Castle lands ahead of the duo’s highly anticipated new EP set to drop in the new year.  Nakatomi, who are Emily Smart and Hamish Cox, are hitting the road to celebrate the release, playing Hybrid World Adelaide at the Tonsley Innovation District on October 6 and jumping on as headliners for Sad Grrrls Fest which kicks off in Brisbane on November 4, then moves through Melbourne on November 11 and finishes up in Sydney on November 18.

Wooden Castle is a great example of Nakatomi’s ability to encapsulate retro pop vibes with impressively current production values.  The track is driven by clear percussion, vocal samples and a huge, conquering chorus. Produced and mixed by JP Fung (Client Liaison, Phebe Starr, Silverchair), Wooden Castle demands to be heard and will refuse to leave your head. Describing the inspiration behind the track, Emily says, “Wooden Castle evolved, using a red woods forest as the inspiration, and explores themes of feeling stuck and stifled whilst striving towards goals that seem out of reach. It’s a balance of mounting pressure, contrasted by a strength in acceptance of who you are, and not giving up on yourself even when people try to cut you down.”

The clip for Wooden Castle is a bit of a surprise; with such an 80s vibe musically most would expect a similar video – but Nakatomi go for the unexpected.  Taking inspiration from 1920’s cinema and directed by Tim Lucas, the clip incorporates projectors, puppets, and full-body costumes to tell the fanstastical story.  Emily describes, “It’s kind of a humourous backwards fairytale.  Hamish wanted to do a clip where he didn’t have to do anything so we went with this idea so he had to spend the entire day dressed as a tree as payback.  Hopefully spite makes for an excellent clip.  There’s three characters, a woodsman, a bear and a tree, and they find friendship, battle fear and find strength.” 

And this all is just the first taste of the upcoming EP from Nakatomi, a collection of songs that are as yet shrouded in mystery – but one thing is for sure, it’s set for release in early 2018 and it is going to be massive.  Working away for the last six months in both Australia and Los Angeles, the pair have collaborated with some huge names for this release, including JP Fung, Tony Buchen (Montaigne, ASTA, East) Mario Spate (Tkay Maidza) and Luke Godson (Luke Million).

Giving fans a taste of what to expect from the live show, Emily teases, People can definitely expect to hear unreleased songs off the upcoming EP.  We’ve also just redone our live show with a new drummer, so new set up and new tunes!  Our shows have never been bigger and we’re looking forward to bringing out some epic energy reserves for the Sad Grrrls tour.” 

Nakatomi is Emily Smart and Hamish Cox.





SAD GRRRLS FEST | Tickets: sadgrrrlsclub.com


SAD GRRRLS FEST | Tickets: sadgrrrlsclub.com


SAD GRRRLS FEST | Tickets: sadgrrrlsclub.com

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