Punk trio Relying On Luck return all guns blazing with their second EP 'Wasted Time'.
In a few short words, who is Relying On Luck?
We are three old mates who love to have a bloody good time, and as PJ loves to say: We are punk rock with grunge in a headlock, and heavy metal is commentating.
Congrats on your upcoming EP release! What can listeners expect from the record?
Listeners can expect a very versatile EP. I don’t feel that we intentionally tried to make every track unique and completely different to the rest, but over the course of 6-12 months, we had different sparks of inspiration and creativity due to certain events happening in our lives, as well as discovering new bands along the way to listen to and finding new paths of writing. Each track has it’s own different feel, and were all written as stand alone tracks. Funnily enough, they all fit perfectly in what we wanted to achieve in this EP, providing a huge contrast from track to track.
There has been somewhat of a break for the band since your last EP, what has ROL been up to in between records?
Our first EP was something that I recorded as part of my training in Sound Engineering, so it was quite rushed and I wasn’t super happy with the result. So we all agreed to take some time to write music that we would be happy with releasing in more of a professional form. That took a lot of time, but we were pretty happy with the progression. We recorded with Ali Wells at Grinch Records, which was a load of fun smashing the whole EP out over two days. We spent majority of the EP preparation working on artwork with our good friend James, nutting out new and different Ideas. As soon as we were reaching the business end of the EP release, our drummer Quinny broke his leg, and had quite a few complications with the recovery, so that made us take a huge step back waiting for his recovery. Only recently has everything returned to normal, which we are super excited about.
Has Wasted Time been in the works over the duration of that period? Wasted Time has been a work in progress for quite a while, and obviously got pushed back quite a bit due to Quinny’s injury. We named the EP ‘Wasted Time’ because after all the chaos and time away from the band, we realised actually how much time had passed out of our control. We originally wanted this EP out last year, but things very rarely work out according to plan.
Digging the cover art! Can you tell us a little more about it? Yeah as I said before, our good friend James designed all the artwork for us. The two characters on the cover of the EP are actually from our two singles Jawbreaker and Marshall. Those two tracks are about two completely different people, living separate lives. We decided it would have been super cool for them to cross paths, even though they had no relation to each other whatsoever. The rest of the artwork throughout the EP shows the separate characters in their environments too.
How did the recording process differ this time around compared to your previous EP?
Our first EP was recorded, mixed and mastered all by myself when I was studying Sound Engineering. I thought it would have been a great idea to do it all myself so we had complete control. I regret doing so because I never got a chance to sit back and analyse what was going on. I never got to try different things and experiment. Letting Ali record Wasted Time was a great decision. We got to sit back and perfect the sound we wanted, while Ali provided his input too which was a nice change to see a different perspective on our tracks. In such a relaxed environment, we produced a final product we were super happy with. GRINCH RECORDS FOREVER.
We had our tracks mastered by Mikey Young in Melbourne. It was great to give our final mixes to someone completely different to add the final touches.
What do you think it takes to stand out in the local punk scene?
I really believe in being humble, and respecting other bands around you. I love playing mixed shows too, and playing with different genres and gaining inspiration from how they play, interact and present themselves on stage. Variety is key, and presenting your music to a different crowd who may not have listened to you before. The local punk scene is improving all the time, and Adelaide is becoming a hub for upcoming bands. Its great to see.
Any local bands you are spinning?
There are so many insanely good bands in Adelaide, but our favourite picks would have to be Horror My Friend, Sincerely, Grizzly, Bad//Dreems, West Thebarton Brothel Party, Grenadiers, Battlehounds, Archers and Young Offenders. Apologies to any bands I missed, there are literally too many to name.
Who do you suggest we head out to catch live locally?
Basically all the bands listed above. Each band provides their own intimate experience at shows, and it cannot be beaten. Adelaide is producing some of the best bands in Australia the the moment. I’ve recently had the pleasure of seeing some heavier Adelaide acts in the past few weeks. A Ghost Orchestra and Hindsight are two Adelaide bands destroying at the moment, so if you’re into your heavier bands definitely check them out!
And finally, what's on the cards for ROL beyond the EP launch?
After the release on the weekend we are going to finish off some new tracks we have under our belt. We would love to record as soon as possible, so we can release a few singles later in the year. We are going to film a video clip soon, as well as some interstate shows. We are super stoked with whats to come for the rest of the year.