"...one of the most dynamic acts currently emerging from the musical hotbed of Perth - a reputation that's likely to escalate."
- Red Bull Australia
"A free flowing wonderland adventure. Close your eyes so you can leave all your worries behind and bliss out with Demon Days."
- Declan Byrne, triple j Home & Hosed
“I never like saying effortless, because it assumes no effort has gone into making the music and clearly there's a lot going on here! But this rolls so smoothly and dances around so many great jazzy curves.. it's a pleasure to be on the ride.”
- Zan Rowe, Double J
With lead single Disco Baby spun on triple j this week and two huge festival announcements under their belts via BigSound and Jungle Love Festival, peppy neo-soul five piece and “talk of the Perth music scene” (Cool Perth Nights) Demon Days release their fizzing, buoyant debut EP Magic Eye independently today ahead of a national tour in September.
Magic Eye is available now on digital platforms, having streamed exclusively via Red Bull Music all week.
Punchy single Disco Baby attracted rave reviews from triple j and Double J staff, an RTRFM feature and community radio support around the country; as well as charting on media aggregator HypeMachine’s Most Blogged for over a fortnight, with the likes of Stereofox (UK) and Niche Music (JAP) counting themselves as fans.
Magicked to life during two weeks in Melbourne’s The Groove Studios with Grammy-nominated producer Nick Herrera (Hiatus Kaiyote, Jaala), Demon Days' debut EP Magic Eye injects their "new yet familiar" (Declan Byrne, triple j) self-aware and winking blend of infectious jazz, pop, funk and hip-hop elements with a galactic new energy. A kaleidoscopic whirlwind across six tracks, Magic Eye stands starry-eyed on the precipice of new emotions and experience (Disco Baby, Highway) punches back against misogynist demands (Daria’s Smile), and evokes a warm, golden affection and wisdom (Moths, 6065).
"The name ‘Magic Eye’ stems from the books featuring autostereograms, allowing the viewer to diverge their eyes to see 3D images from a 2D page. Initially it came to us during our time in the studio, spending hours looking through these books, trying to see a lamb out of tiny dots. It’s also relevant to our music; filled with many aural layers, sub-meanings and motifs for you to find,” says NLMA-nominated vocalist and Demon Days lyricist Bella Nicholls.
"Working with Nick was an incredible experience for the band, pushing our boundaries to its full potential with an end result of something that we are really proud of. He sorted through the clutter of our songs and formulated a cohesive and mature version, making the sound bigger with complicated yet necessary layers." says Nicholls.
Thanks in no small part to their vivacious live show, capable of "transform[ing] any group of 20-somethings into an appreciative audience of jazz cats” (TheMusic.com.au), Demon Days (Bella Nicholls, Joshua Chan, Marley Donnan-Cook, Mark Ashforth & Will Britto) have already shared stages with the likes of Nai Palm, Willow Beats, Stella Donnelly, Superego FKA POW! Negro, Sampology, Sex On Toast, Fortunes & Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and at events like Falls Festival, Groovin The Moo and Fairbridge Festival despite the outfit's relative youth.
Having carved an impossibly stylish niche for themselves as "much-loved kids" (RTRFM) in their local scene, the five-piece buzzed into the national consciousness after 2017's Killer Bees premiered on triple j, earning a tick of approval from Red Bull, climbing to #3 on AMRAP's Metro Charts and attracting the attention of New World Artists's Dominic Miller, with whom they signed in early 2018. First new music for the year No Winners found fans at Stereofox (UK), triple j, triple j Unearthed, and community radio PBSFM, Triple R, FBi Radio and beyond, launching via a mammoth 11-date national tour with sold-out hometown shows.