Brisbane based multi-instrumental electronic grunge duo Earthlings, have been writing, recording, and performing music together for over a decade. Ry & Wil are self confessed energy-addicts who are deliberately putting the performance back into live music and you can hear the passion in their newly released track “Runaway”.
For anyone who isn’t familiar – could you tell us a little bit about yourselves?
We’re Ry + Wil, we’ve been eating out of each others fridges for over 10 years chasing music to try and perfect the biggest live show possible. EARTHLINGS is a high energy electronic wall of sound that’s a lot of fun. We cart around sore necks most of the time but it’s a small price to pay for something that feels this good.
Earthlings is a bit different to your last musical project? Why the change of genre?
Just like growing up, you eventually throw away that old baggy pair of jeans for something that feels better. EARTHLINGS is that pair of dacks.
Can you tell us a bit about your recently released single ‘Runaway’, what was the inspiration behind it and the film clip?
We both love finding creative ways to turn music into visual art. Video clips are perfect vessels for that. It’s always going to be high-energy stuff but this time we took our shirts off and got weird using a lot more colour. We were both wearing pants tho, we promise.
What has the feedback been like for Earthlings coming on to the scene?
We’re making a lot of friends. But just like anything new you have to shoot off a flare and really shock people to make that lasting impression. The only real hurdle we’ve had to face has been finding other bands to share stages with that actually sound anything like us. That’s been a royal doozy! There’s a truck load of DJ’s and rock bands out of there but that’s where the buck stops.
You recently landed the support for Pendulums national tour, how did that come about?
We learnt a long time ago that if you want something badly enough, you have to do it yourself. This whole project is completely DIY. We hustled the Pendulum guys for weeks until finally we got a call from them inviting us along for the ride. Having those wins also reminds you that anything is possible if you really want to work your ass off for it.
What was the best thing about getting that call and the tour?
The timing of the Pendulum tour was actually hilarious. I got the call at around 4:30pm on a Friday afternoon, and then tried calling Wil to share the news but he was over in New Zealand on a snowboarding weekend cutting shapes. Eventually when he called me back later that night I found out he’d been in the emergency hospital all afternoon after breaking his arm doing a misty flip. So instead of having 4 arms on the Pendulum tour – we only had 3.
If you could choose the next artist to go on tour with, who would it be and why?
Twenty One Pilots are coming through at the end of the year. That would be a barrel of laughs. But I think touring with another up-and-coming Aussie band like Northeast Party House would be perfect for us. I’ll start hustling.
Whats next in the waterworks from you guys? Ep, album? More touring? Festivals?
We have a hometown headlining show coming up in Brisbane on the 19th of August. So we’re working on having a few tricks up our sleeve for that one. I heard a rumour the other day that John Farnham was coming. That sounds unlikely but it might be worthwhile getting tickets just in case he does.
What would be the ultimate goal for Earthlings over the next 5-10 years?
There’s a couple of phases to that plan. This world of weird works in funny ways. But as it stands we’re working hard to establish ourselves in this Australian music community. Once you break through that wall you’re not as innocent which makes the next door easier to open. Just like a post game rugby league interview – it’s just one game at a time. And thanks to Channel 9.