PREMIERE – We Sat Down With Adelaide’s Pop Punk Gods – Wing Defence And Talk About Their Latest Single ‘Green Pastures’

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Wing Defence

Following the release of their debut EP ‘Friends’ in 2020, Adelaide’s pop-punk outfit Wing Defence is back on the court with the video for their latest single ‘Greener Pastures‘ (watch HERE).

‘Greener Pastures’ is the spicy comeback from South Australia’s ‘Best Group’ (as awarded at the 2020 SAM Awards) accompanied with fierce and honest lyrics. The incredibly catchy new number is a powerful nod to anyone that’s ever felt trapped in a job where you’re overworked, rarely appreciated and under-paid. 

Since its release only a few weeks back, the track has been played on Triple J’s Home & Hosed, Triple J Unearthed’s ‘Tops’ and has received love from Pilerats, Dave Ruby Howe – as well as being added to playlists including Spotify’s Local Noise, Domestic La La’s Tuna TuesdayHome & Hosed on Spotify + more!

You’d be pretty lucky if you’ve avoided a situation where you’ve been treated unfairly by your boss or a colleague… It’s incredibly frustrating and upsetting when this happens and you just want to tell them where to go, which most of the time, you can’t! That’s what this song is all about — a way of releasing all the frustration around the things you can really never say.” states guitarist Benny Tamblyn.

Formed in 2018 by Skye Walter and Paige Court, the indie act has been quick to generate hype around their punchy bubblegum-punk melodies and distinctive Australian sound. Since their debut release, ‘Stuck’ in 2018, Wing Defence rapidly positioned itself as one of South Australia’s most exciting new exports. Within twelve months they received national praise after performances at  BIGSOUND, Groovin’ The Moo and Laneway Festival (Triple J Unearthed Winner, 2018) and toured the country with Polish Club and The VANNS.

Recorded at Depict Studios & mixed by Wade Keighran (Wolf & Cub and Polish Club) at Rolodex Studios, ‘Greener Pastures’ is the beginning of a new direction from the band, who are using their latest single to formally introduce touring musicians, Benny Tamblyn, Anthony Costanzo and Miles Sly to the Wing Defence line-up. Lead vocalist Skye Walter elaborates, “They’ve always been WD’s at heart and we’ve been through a lot together, so we figured now was the perfect time to bring them along for the ride with us”.

With big plans for 2021 and beyond, Wing Defence have recently signed a distribution deal with Korean music distribution company Sound Republica and are on the Dock 7 Records label in Germany. 


‘Greener Pastures’ is the band’s first release of 2021, with a sophomore EP teased for 2022


(answers by Skye Walter)


Where are you currently based? 

Adelaide, South Australia.

How did you first start playing music?

I knew how to sing but needed an instrument to help me write music. So I picked up a guitar and started playing it. And then, a bunch of awesome friends and musicians came into my life and we began to make magic together… this is called Wing Defence. 

What’s been happening recently?

We signed to a great record label in South Korea called Sound Republica. That was very exciting. Other than that, writing new tunes, going to work, eating, sleeping, repeating.

Your new single ‘Greener Pastures’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

Benny (our guitarist and producer) wrote this one. He’s fed up with his job, if you can’t tell! Haha. 

How did you go about writing Greener Pastures?

Benny wrote it in a moment of pure frustration and anger… great time to write a bloody banger of a tune! Thanks Benny’s shit job, you’re the best! 

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?

Recorded most of it in Benny’s bedroom studio, then we headed to Depict Studios with the legend that is Lachy to record the live drums and bass. We then sent it over to Wade Keighran (Wolf and Cub & Polish Club bassist) to mix and master. What a team!

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Dream Wife, The Grates, Avalanches new album, Yo La Tengo, Jeff Buckley… so many!

What do you like to do away from music?

Vanlife, Yoga teaching, playing with my beautiful one year old & eating delicious foods. 

Any gigs coming up? 

-Tonight at Jawbreaker with our great mates Bitchspawn and Yorke Heath.

-A regional show in Paigy’s home town, Port Pirie on May 28th.

-And then a really exciting one coming up that I’m not allowed to tell you about.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2021?

Release another single and hopefully play some more rad shows.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

My favourite food used to be pickled octopus but then I watched My Octopus Teacher and I can never eat it again… I have now replaced this with marinated asparagus spears (the crisp ones not the soft ones) and truck loads of spicy sauerkraut.

I like hanging out at home with my baby Billy, my partner Stevie and my mates. I also enjoy travelling in my Campervan.

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