What is your name and role within Stuck Out?
Josh – Vocalist
Where are you currently based?
Born and bred in Melbourne, Aus.
How did Stuck out form?
We’re all mates from high school who hung out on the weekend, jamming in a garage/ basement. Once we finished school we decided to try and take the whole band thing a little more seriously and now here we are.
What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been so far?
I’ve been one of the extremely blessed people who has kept working throughout the various lockdowns. Working isn’t something people are normally thrilled about but it kept me busy and now with everything opening back up again, the band is in full flight and very keen on releasing the new EP.
Your new single ‘Inverse’ is out now off your forthcoming EP ‘Lie Through Your Teeth’ how did Inverse come about and what does the single mean to you?
Inverse was written about 2 years ago then kind of trashed cause it wasn’t good enough, then about a year ago we opened up some old files and came across it and basically re-wrote the song into what you hear today. It was certainly a long process from start to finish but I definitely think it’s a good representation of the thought and effort we put into our songwriting these days.
Your new EP will be out on Dec 18, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Honestly, we just want to write good rock songs with good hooks to match. Each song sounds (relatively) different to each other and I think it’s a great representation of the scope of our sound. We didn’t specifically draw on a particular band or project when it came to LTYT, we just wanted to take what Stuck Out was and make it better.
How did you go about writing the tracks?
Each track was vastly different. Tracks like Inverse and Mindless were in the works for two years, then we wrote Hollow about a month before we went into the studio. Ultimately it tends to be an individual who will start a song then everyone will come together to rip it apart and re-write the whole thing to be the best it can be.
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?
The EP was recorded in Feb/March, we actually finished vocals a week before Melbourne went into the first lockdown. We worked with Jack Newlyn (Paradise Club) from start to finish on this record which was really nice. He felt like a member of the band by the end and his attention to detail was amazing, I can’t recommend him highly enough.
How did you approach the recording process?
We really wanted to create a record that would translate to a live setting. We pride ourselves on our live shows so we wanted something that would match that energy and aggression in a recorded form.
What programs/instruments did you use?
99% of what you hear on the record is pure guitar, drums and vocals (obviously with effects added over the top). We had a lot of fun messing around with delay and harmonic pedals to try and warp what we already had and we relied heavily on the JHS Double Barrel for the guitar tones.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding through out the process?
The start of recording is always difficult because there’s alway so many directions you could go with tones, production etc. but once you get into the groove with it, it starts to record itself. The most rewarding part is definitely hearing the finished product. Every song on the record came out better than I imagined and that’s a big testament to Jack’s work on the record.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
BMTH released that ripper record so that’s been getting a lot of spins.Loathe, Alpha Wolf and Nothing But Thieves have probably been the most consistent appearances this year, all of them released phenomenal albums.
What do you like to do away from music?
I’m very chill with my time. I just want to catch up with mates, socialise and have a drink. That’s probably been enhanced even more after the year we’ve had.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?
Our EP Lie Through Your Teeth is out this Friday and our EP Release Show is Saturday night so that should keep us relatively busy. We’ll enjoy the New Year break then get right back into things at the start of next year!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Our local is Hello Sam’s burger joint. Honestly, anywhere you can get a burger and a beer is perfect for us.