INTERVIEW: Stuck Out

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey hey! Thanks so much for chatting with us, we’re going really well at the moment. We’ve just come out of a pretty long lockdown here in Melbourne so we’re enjoying catching up with all our family and friends!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mindless”?

Of course! Mindless is the first single off our new EP ‘Lie Through Your Teeth’ that will be out on the 18th December. Mikaila from Yours Truly features in the song as well which was really awesome for us as she’s a good mate and a phenomenal vocalist. Overall we’re just stoked to finally be releasing new music into the world after a pretty hectic year.Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?This song was born out of a conversation I had a couple of years ago regarding the issues indigenous Australians face compared to other cultures in this country. The person with whom I had this conversation wasn’t overtly hateful or racist however there was a lot of ignorance and a lack of willingness to educate themselves on the issues. There were a couple of similar situations I found myself in after that which really built the idea behind this song. I kind of came to the conclusion that it’s not ok to just let ignorance be passed over anymore, it needs to be actively stamped out and this song is my personal view on that.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Absolutely chaotic. We were in a Stage 4 lockdown when we were supposed to shoot the video for this single so everything changed, luckily Cian from The AV Club absolutely smashed the vid out of the park. We all shot our performing shots in our own homes on our phones and sent them through to Cian who had set up his home as this massive doll house to film the story. Overall we were absolutely stoked with how the video came out, definitely one of the more unique lockdown videos I’ve seen.The single comes off your new EP Lie Through Your Teeth – what’s the story behind the title?The whole EP is about lying and dishonesty (we actually use the line ‘Lie Through Your Teeth’ in two of the songs). Each song looks at different situations in which people lie and the reasons behind their actions so we though the title was fitting for the theme of the EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

We love hitting the studio because we all get along so well and bounce off each other real easily. We worked with our producer Jack Newlyn on this record from start to finish on this release which meant we could really get into the nitty gritty to create something we’re 100% proud of. We actually recorded the tracks back in February (and wrote some of the songs 2 years ago) so it’s really satisfying that they’re finally getting the release they deserve.You mentioned that “Mindless” was written about conversations you’ve had with people about racism and sexism. What made you want to explore this more in your music and what are some other themes present on the EP?Our songs have never particularly contained any social commentary before so it was kind of a challenge to see if we could write something different. We’ve always written songs as a form of ‘escapism’ and most of the songs on this EP are still just that but Mindless was a chance to broaden our lyrical content whilst sending out a message that we really believe in.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Honestly, we just put down all the ideas we have then choose the best ones and build from there. I think we let our song writing progress quite naturally which means we finish with a sound that we really feel is our own. If you start writing a song with an aim of what you want it to sound like, you tend to get tunnel vision and it can be quite frustrating. There’s definitely projects that pull that kind of song writing off but we’re not at that stage yet, we’re happy to make music we like without putting to much pressure on ourselves.  What else is happening next in Stuck Out’s world?We’ve got some interesting ideas we want to work into this release before looking to far ahead. Fingers crossed we can play some shows soon, in whatever format that might take place, but until then we’ll keep churning out content and music to try and keep people entertained for that little while longer!

Check it out here: https://youtu.be/NuP6tpKyop4

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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