Written while lead singer Caleb Karvountzis was in the midst of final assessment hell and contemplating ditching another degree, the song chronicles the journeys and failures of being twenty something, broke and not meeting your own expectations.
Once the bones of the song had formed, Caleb took it to his close friend, the late, great Fergus Miller (Bored Nothing/Wedding Ring Bells).
In Caleb’s own words:
“I went over to my friend Fergus Miller’s place and showed it to him. We arranged and demoed the track, right there and then in his make-shift lounge studio.
Tragically Ferg passed away a few short weeks later so it remained unfinished.
“We were fortunate enough to get our hands on the original files and finish the track off in studio with Steven Schram while working on our album earlier this year. The band made sure to keep the essence of the original recording, leaving in Ferg’s parts on this released version, while adding necessary touches and changing a few lyrics to reflect the sad circumstances.”
While the song is packed with cynical reflection, its recording roots has led it to have greater meaning to the band.
“This song will always be dear to me because it conjures the last moment I saw Fergus. A cold afternoon in his lounge, wires and pedals covering the floor, watching him happily bash away on the drums.”
The accompanying video for the single is a visual translation of the lyrics and was a concept dreamed up by Caleb and directed by up-and-coming Melbourne director Marie Pangaud.
To celebrate the release of ‘Garbage Bin’, TLH will be playing some special launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne this August.
TINY LITTLE HOUSES – ‘GARBAGE BIN’ LAUNCH SHOWS
Tickets on sale now
Thu 17 Aug | The Lansdowne, Sydney (18+)
Sat 19 Aug | Howler, Melbourne (18+)
‘Garbage Bin’ – Tiny Little Houses
Out now through Ivy League Records
Available for streaming & purchase here