Some days I feel that no amount of creative inward spiraling down into the obsidian black depths of my soul will ever be enough to perceivably slow the merciless momentum of our dance towards death. Today I feel just fine though. Thank you.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love Is Heartbreak”?
As the title kind of hints at, it’s a song that captures the duplicity of an emotion. The broken-hearted songwriter is an idea as old as time, so I didn’t want to drag people to the depths. The aim was to take this feeling of heartbreak and allow people to dance with it, savour it, celebrate it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Funnily I started writing it whilst I was still very much in love with someone. But the end of that relationship definitely got the song finished.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I struggle with videos. It’s a completely different art form and it doesn’t always feel right to me. My brother is a wonderful film maker and we make a lot together but it has to feel right. There’s a new song coming soon which definitely sits in that world. Stay tuned.
How was the recording and writing process?
For the first time, the writing process was emotionally really difficult. It was a kind of private catharsis more than a desire to write songs. But not surprisingly, the result is really honest and it made the recording process a real joy. Our producer/ engineer Matt Neighbour has a lot of freedom within the Cousin Tony songs. I think he really shines on this record. Recording in Hollywood also contributed a lot of sunshine to the songs.
What role does Australia play in your music?
It’s kind of everything. The Melbourne music scene is breathtaking. We have always been surrounded by such motivated legends whose fingers rest confidently on the pulse. It has set a high bar of musical substance and work ethic. Our first song that really broke out into the ether was this kind of melancholic love song to Melbourne called “Melbourne Bitter”. That probably says it all.
How’s your new album coming along?
Wonderfully. It’s done. We finished it in Hollywood recently at Sunset Sound. As we’re heading overseas this year it’s been slightly drawn out – but it’s coming.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It’s called “New Romancer”. It was a play on William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” which was a game changing book for me as I was writing the record.
What made you want to dive into the themes of heartbreak and relationships?
Well I was fairly heartbroken myself. But it seemed many relationships were forging and melting around me, like an active volcano of love and lust. There are bigger problems in the world, but on a personal level these trials are so consuming. They’re right in front of your face until you learn to step through them in a holistic way. I wanted to turn what I was feeling into some sort of elixir for people that are in that consumed state.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. The roads in Australia are the longest, but we’ll be driving all over them all through March and April touring the new single. Then off to the UK in May. Then who knows.
What else is happening next in Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird’s world?
There’s always more music blipping away. I’m keen to get back to LA and write/ record more. But for now we have New Romancer and we’re super proud of it. We’re going to be sharing the love and heartbreak all around Australia and Europe this year. If anyone else wants us, we’ll be there. Like the avengers. But with keytars and no money.