Tied Down

by the partae
What is your name and role within Tied Down?

Hey I’m CJ, frontman of Tied Down

Where are you currently based?
Currently residing in the coastal burbs of Perth WA
What’s been happening recently?

Man, things have been crazy lately with non stop gigging for TD along with recording two new songs (still unreleased) and really just making the most of the time together and enjoying the ride!

Your latest single ‘Slow’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

I would say as a collective, we keep finding more and more definition in our sound with every track we release. In line with a stance of refusal to put out mediocre, run of the mill tracks, we’ve really taken our time to hone in on our style and put some deeper meaning into each track with ‘Slow’ being a standout in that category. We all seem to bring our influences to the table and really dive head first into creating a unique sound for Tied Down that resonates with our listeners.

How did Slow come about?
‘Slow’ was a super challenging and necessary track for us. I was in the midst of a pretty massive struggle with addiction and putting the boys through pretty harsh times. Music is just one channel that we use to rise above what’s happening externally. ‘Slow’ started the same as the majority of our tracks with Kado (rhythm guitar) showing me a riff and all of us jamming it a couple of times together. I literally just put pen to paper and let out exactly what I was feeling and I knew there was something special in this song. Once every member added their individual touch with their instrument, ‘Slow’ really made us feel at peace and at home with where we were all at personally and as a band. Super emotional but also with an underlying message of positivity was the ultimate goal and I think we really achieved that.

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

Our new track ‘Slow’ was recorded late last year. We went about it a different way with Matt Templeman taking the reins as executive producer. I think we felt the need for change and to work with someone who really engaged with us and Matt brought a lot to the table in terms of energy, music theory and constant ideas of how to get the most out of the track. Also a massive shoutout to Fraser Cringle for being the most badass drum tech there is and Simon Struthers at Forensic Audio for mastering the track beautifully!

How did you approach the recording process?
We recorded ‘Slow’ live at Hopping Mouse Studios. It was the first time we all recorded live tracking together and it made it way more intimate. The feeling of all being in the same room and feeling the same energy was far different from just walking in and performing our individual part and I reckon you can really hear that coming through the speakers on this track!
Who are you listening to at the moment?

Lately I’ve been going through a bit of a soul search back to my influences of writing creatively so for me it’s Meg Mac, Miles Away, Slowly Slowly, Rufus and OG Silverchair. For current tunes in the car though, I’ve had South Summit, Dice and Joan & the Giants on repeat!

What do you like to do away from music?
Ahhh, a rarity! Some of my family recently returned from years of living in the US so reconnecting with them has been amazing!
Outside of that, heading down to the beach or park with my partner and doggo is always super relaxing and gives a bit of clarity.

How’s the Perth music scene at the moment?
Honestly, I’ve never seen a more healthy music scene in Perth. Every single weekend it’s a toss up between which show to go to which is the best problem around. Not only is the music amazing but the band personnel, crowds and staff at venues are so friendly.

The list of WA bands crushing it at the moment is through the roof which is super dope after what feels like years of being on the backfoot.

What shows do you have coming up?

Currently we have a few support gigs coming up at The Indian Ocean Hotel on the 25/2/22 and at Lynotts Lounge on the 11/3/22 before we have a bit of a breather. The next big one for us is a headliner at The Rosemount Hotel on June 11 for a not yet released single launch yewwww!

What’s planned for 2022?

We’re always looking ahead for bigger and better. We’ve got way more tunes set for release in ’22 and hoping to put another EP out by the end of the year. It would be fucking incredible to back that up with a national tour towards the end of the year but we’ll play that one by ear!

Favourite food and place to hangout?
Indian, hands down. Beef Vindaloo extra hot or absolutely anything that brings the heat.
In terms of hanging out, I seem to be drawn to any pub that the boys are at for a frostie ahhhhhh!

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