What is your name and role within Understory?
I’m Caiden and I play guitar in Understory.
How did you first start playing music?
Probably in grade 6 I think – I started taking drum lessons in and out of school.
How did Understory form?
Nick, Doug and I started jamming and covering songs for a while. And somewhere along the line, I decided to get Ableton and an interface and start writing demos. I finished writing a couple of instrumentals and the 3 of us saw there was a vibe there so we reached out to Jayce (guitar) and Joel (drums) to complete the lineup we called ‘VRLS’ around mid-2018. We’re now stoked to call each other our best mates.
What’s been happening recently?
We’ve had a quiet last few months as far as shows go but we’re constantly busy behind scenes. We have an EP on the way so preparing a few things for that cycle. Also, just recently dropped a single and music video.
Your new single and video ‘Windbreaker’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
Instrumentally, I was investigating what major/minor flips could do for a song and went on to explore that throughout the rest of the EP as well. As for the lyrics, that’s more Doug’s department but to summarise it mostly focuses on a lost soul seeking guidance in a world where status often influences our actions or ways of thinking. It recognises that we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves to meet others’ expectations that we lose ourselves in the process.
How did you go about writing Windbreaker?
I wrote the main riff back in 2016 and didn’t touch it for ages – it just sat in my voice recorder as music was really just a hobby at that point. It wasn’t till early 2018 that I committed to writing full instrumental demos at home. Funnily enough there were actually pieces of Windbreaker and our previous release Blindside (as ‘VRLS’) that were originally joined together until I separated them into different keys.
Where and when did you record and who with?
We recorded in Brisbane with Troy Brady and was mastered by Forrester Savell.
What programs/instruments did you use?
We used a variety of different instruments, including a PRS, a baritone ESP 7 string tele, a couple of Matons, a Fender Strat and a Dingwall bass.
How did you approach the recording process?
We went with open minds and put our faith in Troy – allowing the songs to become susceptible to change if need be. And so we were happy to try and/or revisit things we hadn’t thought of prior. His acute ear and guidance really helped us bring these songs to life in the best way.
Please tell us how the concept for the video came about:
We opted for something fairly clean cut, and there’s some vibrant colour blast going on too. “Clean” was a reoccurring adjective whenever we discussed visuals/promos for this release.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the filming process?
Doug actually copped a nail to the knee a couple of days prior and somehow managed to get through the shoot – solid effort there. It was our first time in a studio so that in itself was rewarding for us.
You have an EP coming up, what can we expect and when will you be releasing?
Without giving too much away, there’s a bit of variety on there and some nice grooves. You’ll be able to hear it in full on Friday 15 November.
What do you like to do away from music?
The boys and I are pretty family oriented – we like to spend time with our folks. And we hang a lot together too. In my spare time, I like to kick the footy, watch horror films and sometimes seek some peace and quiet at the library or the beach. Most of us live very close to the water. Some mornings I might grab a coffee and go for a walk along the beach, it’s heaps nice there.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar, Snarky Puppy, Anderson .Paak and I’ve been jamming a heap of future funk and chill hop playlists lately. If we’re all together we’ll likely jam some Limp Bizkit or Northlane. Collectively we have a very eclectic music taste – I don’t think there’s a genre that goes untouched.
You’re playing with Hands Like Houses on the 26th of October at the Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, what’s planned for the remainder of 2019 going into 2020?
There’s currently a lot of work going on behind the scenes for our EP cycle and we plan to head up North soon. As for 2020, we will look at taking the EP interstate and seeing some new places.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
GYG and also our local coffee spot Evolve Espresso.