Q&A’s: With Erthlings On New Single ‘Returning’

Interview by Shannon-Lee Sloane – The Colourful Writer

It is hard to believe that Erthlings are still so young. Their natural talent and ability for writing songs that pull at your heart with emotions while at the same time get you moving and grooving is at a level perhaps not expected from a four piece who are yet to even finish high school. There is something almost bittersweet about their music and I am so glad Erthlings are here and clearly set for stardom. Already having supported the likes of Amy Shark and playing festivals like BIGSOUND, Splendour In The Grass + Groovin The Moo. The Sydney based indie rock band is signed to Future Classic and their five track EP, ‘Indigo’ is out now. We are big fans at Good Call Live and we can’t wait to see more from them. I sent them a few quick questions around the release of their latest single, Returning. Here’s what they came back with:

I have to say, since I first got a press release through back in September about your new single and new EP, I got REALLY excited. I just love your sound. How long have you been together and how did Erthlings first form? When was that moment where you all went ‘Yes, let’s do this, let’s start a band!’ ? 

Started off when we were about 8 as a really casual thing and it wasn’t till we were 13 when we first got one of our songs mixed that we realised the potential of our situation. We started considering it more seriously from then on. 

Your music is quite delicate, soft and light, gentle on the ears yet still passionate and moving. Is that what you were aiming for when you got together as a band or did your sound evolve organically? 

Definitely didn’t aim for a specific sound it was just the product of our ideas coming together. It’s an unintended reflection of our influences and what music we surround ourselves with.

The new single, Returning seems to be a very heartfelt, kind of sad love song – who wrote the track? Can you tell me what the song is about? 

Taylor wrote it around year 5 and considering she didn’t have that much to pull from her own life at the ripe age of 11 or so, she drew inspiration from popular music and what famous artist were writing about, which was largely songs about turbulent relationships, something relatable but not particular relevant to us at that young age. 

How did you come up with the concept for the video to go with the single? What was it like filming that one? 

We wanted to have a less serious and more self aware approach to the fact that we’re young and new in the industry. Wearing over the top dresses and fur coats seemed like the best way to achieve this and was also an excuse to go op shopping. Since we wrote the song without a particular message in mind, we thought the video should reflect that, creating a really ambiguous, slightly nonsensical clip that primarily focuses on aesthetics and the atmosphere of the song. 

Earlier this year, you got to support the beautiful Amy Shark, what was that like?   

It was definitely one of the biggest opportunities we’ve had so far and was such a significant part of our year!! We got to play venues that we never dreamed would have been possible only a year from our debut and got to meet some amazing artists (including Queen Amy). It was a really defining experience of an early career and we are so incredibly grateful!! 

What is the most memorable gig you have played so far? 

Splendour (In The Grass) was probably the most memorable so far. We didn’t expect anyone to show up since we were the first act on our stage so we went out on a limb and wore these extravagant coats with Christmas lights embedded in them (randomly lent from a fan lol). To our surprise, when we came out on stage, the best part of the tent was full of people there to see us, all of whom were totally supportive! This gig was an unbelievable opportunity and completely lived up to any expectations!!  

If you could support any band in the world, who would you choose? 

Either The 1975 or Tame Impala <3 

Who inspires you to make music? Did you love music from a very young age? 

Yes, we’ve all been involved in music our entire lives and can’t really imagine a world without it. There’s way too many artists influences to pinpoint a specific inspiration, but our biggest motivation is probably each other. We have an all-for-one and one-for-all kind of approach and find it difficult to progress without the support of one another. 

Where do you see Erthlings heading in the next few years? What are you goals?  

Well we’ve got one more year of school to bang out, then it’s full steam ahead with the band. We’re hoping to expand and improve as much as we can over the next few years once we have more time to commit to music. Getting around the festival circuit once we’re actually of age would be fantastic, but our primary goal is probably a headline tour once we graduate 🙂 

Follow Erthlings on Facebook HERE

Listen to + Purchase ‘Indigo’ HERE

Check out their upcoming gigs HERE

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