“Wonderful songwriting that is both aggressive and tender.” – Tone Deaf
“They’ve transformed and blossomed into something remarkably special.” – Pilerats
“Sly Withers have found their own groove, which makes the prospect of a new full-length all the more enticing.” – The Music
In a year where most of the local music industry has been hamstrung by world events, Perth indie rock four-piece, Sly Withers, have bucked the trend and gone from strength to strength. That success only looks certain to continue with the release of their blistering new single, ‘Bougainvillea.’
It follows in the footsteps of ‘Cracks’ – arguably their biggest release to date. That powerful track, which was heralded by fans and media upon release earlier in the year, has quickly found a home on regular rotation at triple j, while continuing to build the national following they had been harvesting over recent years with songs like ‘Lately’ feat. Carla Geneve, ‘Explode Into View’ and ‘Closer.’
Now the band returns with the barnstorming, ‘Bouganvillea’ – a pure slice of punk with yet another swing for the fences chorus, boasting a wall of guitars and backing vocals, thunderous drums and an explosive atmosphere that all combines to form a giant, triumphant, mountain of celebration rock.
That sense of comradery permeates all their music, in particular the readily identifiable and relatable stories in their lyrics, and it’s what really makes the listener feel a part of the Sly Withers story. It’s also set to be an integral element of all the songs on their forthcoming new album, scheduled for release in the first half of 2021.
“This upcoming album feels like a defining moment in terms of us being able to make the exact kind of album we wanted to make,” says guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Sam Blitvich. “The songs feel like the most accurate representation of our taste and our songwriting that we possibly could have presented at this point in time and we’re really proud of what we’ve created.”
The release of ‘Bougainvillea’ arrives with yet another fantastic video, directed by their friend and regular collaborator, Tim Elphick. Featuring a spectacularly shit talent competition, it does also feature some of the band’s best acting work… although that also could be easily chalked up to the wigs and silly fake moustaches.