Wild Meadows present their debut self-titled LP, featuring recent
single ‘First Exit’ a dark, foreboding tune built on a rollicking rhythm
section and atmospheric vocals.

Tomatrax caught up with James Ross, one of the band’s vocalists, to ask a few questions.

You’ve just released your debut album, how does it feel to have it out? 

It feels really great, Ive been making music for twenty years now and finally there’s a full album that were really proud of. Its on vinyl too which feels even more special.

Was it hard to pick what made it onto the album? 

We did have an idea but some of the hard choices we left up to our producer Woody, we really trust his experience and expertise. Also someone listening with fresh perspective and with no emotional involvement in the songs can be really helpful.

 
You’ll be playing a few shows in support of the album next month, what can fans expect from your show? 

Loud! For us the live stuff has been getting better and better, we’ve been really getting immersed in playing them live and were having a lot of fun playing them.

 
What was the inspiration behind the album’s front cover? 

The cover photo was taken by an amazing photographer and close friend Paul Armour. Its one of his favourite photos and mine too, taken when him and his family travelled around Australia for two years.

This photo is called “letting go”, and its really special to all of us.
 
What was the inspiration behind the video for ‘Stay for a while’? 

The stay for a while video was the brainchild of Oliver Ramsay, an awesome filmmaker and all round legend. He picked “stay for a while” and dreamt up the whole concept, were absolutely thrilled with it.

With two vocalists, how do you determine who sings what? 

Jess is our main singer, occasionally I write lyrics for a song and get bullied into singing it live. I prefer to sing backup harmonies to be honest but ill do whatever the song needs.

 
You’ve also released the album as vinyl, what made you decide to put it out as a record? 
 

We’ve all been lovers of vinyl for ever, so it wasn’t really a choice, it was just always going to be that way.

When writing what comes first, the words or the music? 

Music

 
You’ve received a fair amount of crucial acclaim already, does this make you feel any pressure going forward? 

Not really, the next album already sounds amazing to us and we’ll just keep doing what we do.

It really is about the process of being able to create something thats true to us, rather than trying to write something thats fashionable at any one time.

Now that your debut album is out what do you have planned next?  

The second albums already sounding great, were playing a heap of gigs to support this release so that will be a lot of fun. Playing in Sydney for the first time too, which were all looking forward too.

 

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