Brisbane’s FeelsClub are today thrilled to release their debut EP, ‘After The Fall’, ahead of their upcoming interstate tour in November. As is the way of the best pop songs, each track on ‘After The Fall’ couples unrefined emotion with pulsing, celebratory production, whilst adding a touch of melancholia.
Despite labelling their sound as ‘trash-pop’, FeelsClub cover a breadth of material that is at once relevant and valuable. In the case of title track After The Fall, FeelsClub make transforming the chaos of post-breakup turmoil into fresh, dancey pop seem effortless. Excuses is a tongue-in-cheek tune taking aim at classist, exclusive ideals, whilst Forbidden Fruit asks listeners to own who they are, and “be who you wanna be”.
“This EP is full of songs that are about my darkest moments of self hatred and my fear that the world truely is fucking doomed because of toxic positivity and painless empathy, tools we use to fight bigots who have no want to listen or work forward toward a survivable future,” reflects frontman St Jonnie. “At the same time, I just want people to have an avenue to laugh smile and dance in the burning chaos of this future”.
The EP was mixed and produced by FeelsClub, with additional mix and mastering credits going to Alex L’Estrange.
Steering away from their usual sweet pop aesthetic for the EP release, FeelsClub have taken on a darker theme, exploring the concept of the ‘Suburban Cult’ both sonically and visually. Subtly incorporated into the video, St Jonnie seemingly preaches to the camera, luring viewers in with a Cheshire grin while the band perform in the background in between shots of an eternal dance.
The ‘Suburban Cult’ to FeelsClub is about the judgment of society, conformity, and modern expectations that benefit the few and emphasise the so-called shortcomings of many. Skin-deep attempts to “do your part” for society and the world around us, while neglecting to look past the end of one’s nose to what really matters.
As St Jonnie puts it: “It’s this insidious evil we are hiding right in our backyards and cul de sacs. No one speaks about it but we are all in on it. The Suburban Cult has more members than we want to admit and so many of them are friends and family… because after all we are all “just trying to get by”.”
‘AFTER THE FALL’
w/ DELTAFISH (JAPAN)
Thursday November 21st – Hamilton Station – Newcastle
Saturday November 23rd – Union Hotel – Sydney
Thursday Nov 28 – Saturday November 30th – Yonder Festival – Brisbane
Saturday December 7th – The Esplanade – Melbourne
‘AFTER THE FALL’
With thanks to Habit Music Company