From there the song, which premiered overnight on triple j, only continues to ramp up and by the time the second chorus rolls around, it’s already an all-out yell like hell to the heavens moment. All bets are off – guitars are soaring, drums are raining down debris all around, vocal chords are tearing, and there’s nothing left to do except punch the sky, kiss your crush, get an impulse tattoo, and start the song all over again.
On their breakout 2019 EP, Gravis, and particularly its killer single ‘Lately’ feat. Carla Geneve, Sly Withers showed that they had tremendous potential to perhaps break free of the confines of the Australian punk and indie rock scene they were raised on, and make a name for themselves as their own unique entity. ‘Explode Into View’ is the fulfilment of that and then some.
Nothing between then and now has changed in the band’s make-up. Same four members – Mata (guitar / vox), Sam Blitvich (guitar / vox), Joel Neubecker (drums) and Shea Moriarty (bass) – using the same producer as Gravis (Matthew Templeman at his studio in Mount Hawthorn), but now they possess not only another hard year on the road of shows under their belts (including major sets at Falls Festival and supporting the likes of Amy Shark and Slowly Slowly), and a pulsating self-belief that can only be built on the back of hard work and a brotherhood forged in the trenches. The result is a towering sound that is much, much greater than the sum of its parts, yet reflects the depth of the emotional core of the band and the love they share for the music they make together.
Speaking about the song, Mata says, “”When I wrote this song I was on the brink of an exciting new relationship which, by no fault of either party, never came to fruition. Some things just aren’t meant to be, and sometimes irrational thinking gets the better of us. The song is about moving on with the feeling that things will never be as good as we imagined, that we seek closure we’ll never get, and how weeks, months and years down the track, a chance run-in or out of the blue text can send us spiralling out of logical thinking and right back to where we started. ‘Explode Into View’ is about finding moments of clarity in times of confusion.”
To coincide with the release of ‘Explode Into View,’ Sly Withers has announced they’ll be embarking on a national tour this May and June, starting in Hobart and working their way around capital cities and regional centres across the country. Tickets are on sale Tuesday, February 18.
Sly Withers’ New Single ‘Explode Into View’ Is Available Now Via Dew Process and Universal Music Australia
SLY WITHERS EXPLODE INTO VIEW TOUR 2020
Tickets on sale from www.slywithers.com
Pre-sale: Monday 17th 8am AEDT / On sale: Tuesday 18th 8am AEDT
Thursday, May 14, Altar Bar – Hobart
Friday, May 15, Barwon Club – Geelong
Saturday, May 16, Howler – Melbourne
Thursday, May 21, Solbar – Maroochydore
Friday, May 22, Vinnie’s Dive Bar – Gold Coast
Saturday, May 23, The Brightside – Brisbane
Thursday, May 28, Newcastle Hotel – Newcastle
Friday, May 29, Crowbar – Sydney
Saturday, May 30, UC Hub – Canberra
Thursday, Jun 4, Jive – Adelaide
Friday, Jun 5, The Rosemount – Perth
Saturday, Jun 6, The River – Margaret River