“A rich concoction of heady, fuzzed out neo-psychedelia that perfectly frames around McInally’s candid song-writing… McInally and her band are set to become one of the most venerated acts in the country.” – Beat Magazine
“jade imagine is another great new storyteller writing warm and relatable songs that will hit you in all the right places. The genius here is the simplicity, how Jade manages to capture complex emotions so beautifully but without fuss.” – Double J
Today jade imagine release their first new material in 2 years; a single titled ‘Big Old House‘. Premiered via Double J and Pilerats, this is the first single from their forthcoming debut album to be released later this year via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records. Of the new track, Pilerats write – “The single highlights what jade imagine does best. It’s soft and subtle, with hazy guitar melodies meeting a subtle percussive pace and washed-out vocals from frontwoman and songwriter Jade McInally, whose vocal sways gently above the single’s quite upbeat pace.”
“I wrote ‘Big Old House’ in Sunshine Beach, after a dream in which a loose melody and lyrics came to me and stuck around just in time for me to get them down on paper,”Jade McInally,jade imagine’s front-person and key songwriter says. “It was the space and solitude of waking up at a stint at mum’s house that allowed the song to creep in and stick around for me. Most mornings at my house in Melbourne would be a fair bit more social… Then in a Brisbane hotel room, the band and I workshopped the arrangement and it was pretty much done!”
Of the video, co-directed by James Thomson and the band, Jade says, “The film clip is an extension of the themes within song; it’s about telling yourself in your darker moments to let the good things in, even if all you feel is negativity. In the clip I am getting brainwashed by my happier, lighter and more wholesome self. It represents the ongoing conflict between the light and dark within ourselves. James Thomson and the band directed it together, shooting between the Coburg pool, velodrome, and a warehouse in Fairfield that we usually rehearse at. I was particularly inspired by the lighting in Dario Argento’s film Suspiria and the brainwashing content Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange.”
In addition to signing to Milk! Records for Australia & New Zealand, jade imagine recently inked a deal with the Marathon Artists label (UK home to Courtney Barnett, Pond, Jen Cloher, Jagwar Ma & more) for the rest of world.
Emotionally dictated by the wit and noir of Jade McInally, jade imagine is a band that seamlessly fuses together elements of synthwave and art-rock, with a signature style of bleak pop and contemplative new-wave. Jade McInally has been a stalwart of the indie scene for more than a decade. After winding her way to Melbourne from somewhere consistently sunny, McInally cut her live-performer teeth with her own electronic project Tantrums, before playing in the bands of local favourites Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue) and Jess Ribeiro.
Following the release of their debut EP What The Fuck Was I Thinking on Milk! Records in 2017, jade imagine have played an incredible run of support slots including shows with The Pretenders (UK), Angel Olsen (US), Benjamin Booker (US), Lucy Dacus (US), Julia Jacklin and The Murlocs. In March 2018 the band travelled to the US to showcase at the prestigious South by Southwest music conference in Austin, as well as playing key shows in Los Angeles and New York City.
jade imagine launch ‘Big Old House’ in Melbourne at Yah Yah‘s on Saturday 1st June with special guests Spike Vincent and Denise le Menice. Tickets available here.