Interview with The Lowdown Under

EEYTickets for Asian Envy’s Melbourne album launch went on sale, Friday
May 3rd. Tickets are still available here.

The event will be staged at Melbourne’s iconic Greyhound in St Kilda on June 6, 2013.

This week, Asian Envy were interviewed by The Lowdown Under about
the making of their second album, ‘Everyone (Except You)’.

1. What’s the inspiration behind the title of the album?

Ross: There’s a song of the same name on the album, which is about spite
and feeling misunderstood. It’s based on a real situation, and triggered the
idea of a concept album. so it was chosen as the overall title.

2. In what way is it a concept album?

Ross: The tracks are all linked by a single narrative and recurring
characters. When pieced together they tell a story.

Steve: We’re currently in the production stages of filming avideo for every
track, which while they can be enjoyed on their own, will also be pieces of
a much bigger story arc and end up being basically a feature length music
video.

59766_10151303806422401_694073116_n3. How does it differ from your first album?

Steve: The tracks are quite a lot darker and more orchestral, whilst
keeping some great electro elements at the forefront.

Ross: It’s darker, edgier, dancier, sexier and a lot more layered. It was also
extremely difficult to make both technically and emotionally. We agonised
over every tiny detail. I’m amazed we finished it at all.


4. What was the writing process like?

Ross: Confronting but cathartic. The initial demos were laid down very
quickly, and we knew something exciting was brewing. With the exception
of the first single – for me, at least; writing and expressing the content of
the lyrics was a release I desperately needed, although confronting such
heavy issues doesn’t come easy.

Steve: We both had our separate ideas and came together to fit them
together or write missing pieces. It was amazing how much stuff just
worked – Ross’ lyrics/melody fitting perfectly with synth vibes I’d been
working on.

5. How much truth is there in your lyrics?

Steve: That’s a hard one which Ross can probably answer better. But I
think it’s all truth on some level though it may be an exaggerated truth or
perhaps a metaphor. For instance one line in the title track is “then you
died”, but it’s clear from the rest of the track that that’s not actually the
case.

Ross: 100% absolute truth at all times.

482727_10151294797586606_1692082915_n6. Who are your musical influences?

Steve: We wanted to push into more of a soundtrack vibe so we certainly
drew inspiration from films, such as The Fifth Element, Gladiator and
lots of Hitchcock. But I certainly get inspired everywhere from 80s power
ballads to progressive trance.

Ross: The list is long. I’m loving M83 right now, plus Washed Out, Brandon
Flowers, Beach House, FM Belfast, She Wants Revenge, Paper Route,
Mesh, Metromony, Tycho, Miike Snow and most of the obvious 80’s
comparisons.


7. What can people expect from your live shows?

Ross: Energy. It’s visual almost as much as it is audible.

Steve: We’ve got an awesome band formed and we’re doing thing a bit
differently.

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