It’s been a big start to the year for Perth based band METHYL ETHEL, with the recent release of their much anticipated second album Everything is Forgotten and a number of live shows around the globe. Heading back to Australia in April to front GROOVIN THE MOO, their year is only going to get bigger and better! We spoke to bass player Thom Stewart to talk about life on tour, the release of their new album and what the band have in store for us at Groovin the Moo.
Following the success of their debut album, Oh Inhuman Spectacle, which featured knock out hits such as ‘Twilight Driving’ and ‘Rogues’, fans were left begging for more and the band were just as eager to provide. “It feels pretty gosh darn good,” says Stewart on finally releasing sophomore record Everything is Forgotten, “It’s nice to have signed off on it all and put it out because now I can focus on the next thing going forward.”
The record has the same shadowy, trip like texture as its predecessor, only this time with added ambiguity and flow. Its dreaminess comes across beautifully in the studio so it’ll be interesting to see how it will be replicated live. “I think everyone is pretty keen to play ‘Groundwell’,” says Stewart when asked which song he is most looking forward to playing live, “That and ‘Summer Moon’ for me.”
The trio are currently touring around Europe, then head back to Australia before heading off to America to continue the tour. The reception overseas has been awesome, says Stewart. “The highlight for me so far was probably our show in Copenhagen. It’s nice to play somewhere you’ve never been before and have a good amount of people show up to watch.”
As mentioned, the band are heading back to Aus in April to join a massive line up, including The Wombats and Milky Chance, at Groovin The Moo. With a number of standout artists, even Stewart is excited to get amongst the festival. “I’m definitely gonna be watching PNAU every night. Those guys are sick.” And what can fans expect from Methyl Ethel? “I guess they can expect to see some material from the new record, combined with some older songs to create a super summer kick.”
As for what’s next for the band? “We’ve got a lot more touring coming up this year, but album number 3 is in the works at the moment, so hopefully that will be ready soon.”
You can catch Methyl Ethel at Groovin the Moo at the University of Canberra on Sunday May 7. Tickets have sold out. For various sideshows throughout Australia, visit: methylethel.com/live.