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Anchored by shoegaze guitars, driving rhythms and pop sensibilities, sweater curse’s “See You EP” is an exploration in self discovery, vivid dreams and finding purpose in good relationships.
The Brisbane three-piece are Monica Sottile, Rei Bingham and Chris Langenberg. Fresh from a stellar
Laneway Festival performance and national touring, sweater curse will soon embark on a national tour in
support of their EP.
Influenced by YUCK, Interpol, Pity Sex and The Strokes, the band’s sound has developed into what could be described as a grittier Middle Kids with glimpses of The Breeders, while maintaining a strong foundation in Brisbane indie rock.
Writing music together is a means of catharsis and show of support for each member of sweater curse. The energetic “Mon’s Song” was written by the band at a time of mutual confusion and imploding personal lives.
“I had a dream that Rei and I were planning something in my old room at my parent’s house, but we were both feeling really sad and confused so we cut open Rei’s head to see what was going on.” Monica says. “I was desperately trying to understand other people in my dream because my close relationships at the time seemed so weird and unreal. The song always gets us feeling driven and energised and I’m not exactly sure why... but I like it.”
Working odd jobs has allowed the band the time and space to be introspective. “Can’t See You” was written on
one of these days, while ushering in a quiet gallery. Monica’s achingly listless and sentimental verses are
countered in spades by arresting vocals in the chorus, repeating the resolute “I can’t see you anymore /
‘Cause I don’t know who to adore”.
Sydney-based Fletcher Matthews (Dear Seattle / Clews) has helped the band bring the EP to life, and has been especially instrumental in giving “(Hear You)” and “Z9” their driving energy. "Working with Fletcher was a really great experience. The week we recorded was the first time that we had met him, and since then we have all become close friends. His recording methods were a little different to anything I have done before, and the output ended up sounding how I had pictured and had hoped.” Guitarist Chris Langenberg continued, “Especially in feedback-heavy songs such as “(Hear You)” and “Z9” where I haven’t known how to make my messy guitar noise sound the way I want when recorded. Fletch nailed every sound I was trying to create and was able to tie it all together to help us make a polished and cohesive final piece."
“See You” is honest and self assured – a seriously uplifting deep dive into what it means to find yourself in
your twenties and let go of toxic relationships. The lyricists confidently forge ahead without needing to have the
exact words to express their feelings through storytelling, and repetition is used to communicate the process of
self analysis. “Ponyo” leans on the Studio Ghibli classic to convey the difficult process of letting go, and “Take
Some Time” expresses the exhaustion of one-sided human interaction – “Please don’t shy away, don’t you
have something / you want to say / I’m so tired and I don’t have the strength to try”, bookended poignantly with
the line “I’m not saying I won’t wait”.
Drummer Rei Bingham attributes the EPs honesty to the bond they share as friends. “A lot has happened in the short time that we’ve been together, both on a personal level and as a band and for me it’s impossible to imagine being able to have done it all with anyone else.” Rei said. “Despite only meeting as friends of friends when the band began, all the hours spent writing together in a small room and driving up and down the east coast on tour have made us all very close friends.”
With the release of the band’s “See You EP”, sweater curse has certainly developed “into a fully fledged,
formidable band with a clear vision of exactly who they are and where they’re headed” (Purple Sneakers).
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