The talented 4-piece Rapids are set to release their new EP at the end of the month called Holland Air. We had a sneaky chance to listen to it before its release and can confirm it is the goods! Have a read below of our short chat with front man Jamie Timony about the release and while your doing that, hit the little play button to enjoy the psychedelics!
The new EP is sounding great and it gives off a lot of psychedelic vibes. What were your main influences when writing it?
We wrote most of the songs on Holland Air over the space of about six months – at the time we were listening to a lot of Flaming Lips, BJM, Tame Impala and The Beatles. So I guess musically that’s where the psychedelic flavours of the record have come from. When we were driving to the Hunter Valley to record, ‘Still Life’ by The Horrors came on in the car and that blew us away. So maybe that vibe has crept in somehow too. Also, I like to think we live a pretty psychedelic life J
How do you go about the writing process, did this time round differ from previous times?
In the past we have written our music by standing in the same room and playing together for a while until something comes. This time round we swapped instruments a bit in the writing process, and came to each other with ideas to try. Writing ‘Krang’ was a really collaborative process, and took a wee while.
The release of ‘Holland Air’ is coming up at the end of the month; is there a tour or some shows planned?
We’ll be doing an east coast tour to promote Holland Air in June and will definitely be popping into Melbourne for a show or two.
What makes a successful show for Rapids?
A relatively sober one. We’re trying to stay as frosty as possible before gigs at the moment because we’ve finally realised that we play like shit if we’re don’t. It’s always really good when the venue sounds great too and you’ve got a friendly sound guy. Other than that, just ‘gotta make sure your hair sits right and your jeans are tight. Ow! [CANNED LAUGHTER].