Magentaline – NIN if you’re wasted!
Magentaline are a Melbournian quartet who have had some limited success. Their debut EP, The Regime, was good enough to catch the attention of an American label who released is as a sampler cd with a Swedish band. Since then, they’ve toured Australia a little and headed back into the studio to record a follow up, and managed to catch the attention of my hot little ears.
I liked what I heard and LNaP was fortunate enough to catch up with Magentaline bassist, Adam, as the band emerged triumphiant from the studio recording their new album, Vices.
Loud Noise and Pictures: For those that may be unfamiliar with Magentaline, how would you describe yourselves?
Ads: Honest, passionate, catchy, rock with pop melodies and harmonies. We like spicy chicken wings, playing 31 and wine.
LNaP: How did the band form/how did you guys first meet?
Ads: We pretty much formed out of drunken nights talking shit about starting a band. Then replacing a singer/guitarist with a much better singer/guitarist – but not as good shit talker!
LNaP: Where do you draw your influences from and how does that translate into your music?
Ads: Lyrically songs are influenced by our day to day lives I guess. Unintentionally the songs on our new EP deal with different vices in people we meet, love or hypocritically in ourselves (hence the title Vices).
Musically I think we are mostly influenced by mid nineties emo-rock band such as Jimmy Eat World, The Get Up Kids, Hey Mercedes and aussie bands such as Bodyjar, Motor Ace etc.
We find most people say we don’t sound like one band in particular but name a bunch of bands that usually we love, except one time this girl thought we sounded like Nine Inch Nails, I think she must have been wasted.
LNaP: What kind of response did you get to your debut EP, The Regime, and how has the band’s profile changed as a result?
Ads: Yeah we got a pretty good response, when we put out the EP we were pretty much unknown. It led to us getting some great support spots and some pretty good reviews.
I mean we are still reasonably unknown but now people other than our friends come to our shows!
LNaP: The Regime was released with tracks from, Swedish band, Promise Divine as a sampler CD, on an American label, titled ‘All That Glitters’. Has this meant you now have a bit of an international following?
Ads: To be honest I’m not even really that sure. The label just approached us to be on a sampler which led to them getting some great feedback from local U.S radio so they put the EP out on a split with this fun Swedish band, Promise Devine. That’s the best thing about the internet/myspace, that people can hear your music all over the world these days.
LNaP: Has there been a change in direction from your previous EP to the new one, and when can we expect to see it out in stores?
Ads: Not so much a change in direction but just better songwriting. I’d like to think we are better musicians and better songwriters than a couple years ago and we have experienced so much in that time. It’s more dynamic and interesting, although that said we were really proud of “The Regime” when it came out. It should be in good indie stores the first week of September, we are just finishing off artwork at the moment.
LNaP: You’ve supported such acts as Motion City Soundtrack, Bodyjar, Blue Line Medic and Trial Kennedy, how did those audiences respond to the Magentaline sound?
Ads: Yeah pretty well I think. It’s always difficult supporting international acts when you have a small profile as no on is there to see you, you just got to play the best you can and hopefully some people will dig it. We sold a bunch of merch at the MCS show so I guess that is a good sign!
LNaP: Are there any plans to tour in support of the new EP? Are there any upcoming shows we should be aware of, and what can we expect at a Magentaline show?
Ads: Definitely! We can’t wait to get back on the road again. The Melbourne EP launch is October 3rd at the Arthouse in Melbourne. We love playing there as we all grew up seeing our favourite bands there and we have played there so many times. Should be some East Coast dates following that, we will put them up when confirmed on http://www.myspace.com/magentaline
LNaP: If Magentaline was a bad 80’s sitcom what would it be?
Ads: Probably saved by the bell. Tom would be Mr Bellding, Doobes would be Screech, Brett would be Slater and I would be Zac (only cause I want to hook up with Kelly)