South Australian Alternative Rock band Admella have just released their new EP TRAGIC.
We caught up with the band to chat about the EP and much more!
Tell us a little bit about your band:
Admella is currently a 2 piece consisting of piano player (Jacob Bradley) and a multi-instrumentalist/lead singer/producer (Tom Wilson).
What inspired the creation of the EP:
Our current release ‘TRAGIC’ was inspired by the need to experiment and wanting to not get stuck in the pop punk meets metal sound of the first EP, ‘DEAD’. All the while trying to maintain some familiarity to that original sound, but to act as a bridge between the first EP (DEAD) and the next EP to come, ‘LOST’, which will be the final part of our ‘DEAD x TRAGIC x LOST’ EP trilogy.
Do you prefer the studio or playing live:
We generally more enjoy the creative art side of being in a band, so the writing and the creating in the studio is our happy place.
What is one of the best parts about being in a band:
I’d say one of the best parts of being in a band for me, is getting to the express myself through my songs. That is HUGE for me now that I’ve learned how to do that in a meaningful way. I’m a pretty emotional person, and I feel like I hold back in general life or any confrontational situation, so I use my music to vent.
What is the most challenging part:
The most challenging part is letting the music go. I struggle A LOT with knowing when something is finally done, and accepting I’ve done the best job I can parenting the song. With TRAGIC, I re recorded a bunch of the songs a number of times, and remixed and mastered the multiple versions a number of times, right up until it was time to release the files for distribution. I’d just hate to think I haven’t given the song the treatment it needs to translate well once it’s out in the wild.
What is your highlight track from the new EP:
That’s a tough one… I’m really enjoying 13 Years now that I’ve had some time away from it. I like it’s cryptic-ness and mood. Unlike the other songs, that one doesn’t obviously announce what it’s about, and now as a listener I can kinda let my imagination run wild while listening to it, as if I don’t know what it’s about.
But always Castle is a big one for me as it’s super personal and about a dear friend, but it’s a ‘sometimes food’, I can’t really ever listen to it without feeling sad.
You recently came back from a 3 year hiatus. What motivated you to continue writing and recording music after such a long time off:
For a long time, I was just a producer helping and recording other bands. And at a certain point I decided I needed to be the artist again, and to be creative again, because that’s why I loved all this in the first place.
And if I was going to do something serious, I wanted to do it with my long term friend and band member Jacob.
What was the best part about playing the Soundwave festival?
The best part of playing Soundwave was the validation it gave us.
Just knowing that you’re recognised for your work, and that it all adds up to something and that industry professionals are getting some kind of enjoyment out of it, was very rewarding and emotional for me. We’ve always work so hard on our craft, and it’s very rare you get much in return, so when you do get something like that, the feeling is amazing.
What inspires you to continue writing and releasing music:
I just have to, it’s what keeps me going everyday. I don’t have any other kind of career I’m passionate about, I just want to make art. And I hope one day I can do that for a living.
I also just love cinema and other forms of art, sometimes I’ll watch a real crazy movie and just get so inspired to create my own little world or story from that.
What is next for Admella:
Next on the cards for us is to put out our final piece of the trilogy puzzle, ‘LOST’. We are currently in the studio working on that. Once that’s done, we can finally recreate some more band members and go out and play some shows with the new material.