What is your name and role within Sleep Lizard?
My name is Bill Meegan and I sing/play guitar.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
We are based in Adelaide. The scene is great here, as we have a lot of initiatives set up by the government i.e. Music SA etc
How did Sleepy Lizard form?
Basically I just started making music on my computer in 2014 and once I had enough songs, I put a band together. We’ve had some lineup changes over the years, but we are pretty solid these days.
What’s been happening recently?
We just dropped our latest single, “Can’t Help It” with a video clip.
Your new single ‘Can’t Help It’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for
I’m always listening to Nile Rodgers stuff so that’s bound to creep in there. I wanted to get a lot of percussion/synths on the track as that’s something I’m really into at the moment.
How did you go about writing Can’t Help It?
Basically It just came out in the week after a break-up. That was about two years ago which is funny as it’s only just getting released now and I’m definitely not in that place any more haha! I still like the sentiment of the song though, as i’m sure it’s something that many people struggle to deal with.
Where and when did you record and who with?
We recorded the track with Matt Hills in the earlier part of this year.
How did you approach the recording/production?
The original demo of the track was all electronic. I wanted the released version to have a raw feel like old 70’s records.
What programs/instruments did you use to record?
We used pretty standard stuff ie, guitars, drums, bass, synths. We did actually get a triangle on the track which you can hear in the song’s breakdown. Triangles are actually surprisingly tricky to record.
Where can we buy/listen?
All the standard steaming services and you can download all our tracks for free on Soundcloud. Also head over to Triple J unearthed and give the song a review!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m a mixed bag but I’m always listening to Prince. I saw Rocket Man yesterday so I’m really getting around Elton John at the moment. I tend to listen to older music rather than the newer stuff to be honest.
What do you like to do away from music?
I’ve been playing a bit of golf lately which is fun and It helps me to clear my mind. I enjoy really mundane things like gardening, reading and watching films. Being in the music industry is pretty insane sometimes so I try to keep my life outside it as orderly as possible.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019?
We will be dropping some more singles for sure but I have to keep my lips sealed on that at the moment.
Any secrets that you care to share?
Sometimes I listen to ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera when I’m alone.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I love a good curry and staying in and just chilling in your jocks is underrated.