Two of Australia’s most loved rock outfits, Slowly Slowly and Luca Brasi have teamed up for a limited edition split 7″ release with pre-orders of the first allocation selling out in minutes last week. Late last week marked the official digital release of each band’s new acoustic track: Slow Learner (Slowly Slowly) and Yossarian (Luca Brasi).
On the collaboration, Luca Brasi vocalist Tyler Richardson recalls how he and long-time friend Ben Stewart planned to get matching tattoos some years ago, and the experience spawned the concept for this release’s artwork.
“Ben and I were going to get matching tattoos years back, we ended up getting different ones, me the plunger, Ben the cafetera,” he says. “Both tattoos were done by Jordy Hooper who then did the artwork for the front cover of the 7″.”
Ben adds: “Tyler and I had been sharing song ideas with each other, bored in iso. We are both very similar – it’s so funny how you can take away our livelihoods and creative outlets, but we’ll always find a way…The idea just kept growing, right until the point we had teamed up with Padre to release a coffee blend called ‘Godfather Brew’, specific to my love of Italian Kitsch and Luca Brasi‘s origins as a name taken from The Godfather.”
On the new track Yossarian, Tyler explains:
“I’ve been on and off writing songs about the novel Catch 22 for years. Start a dumb idea, then stop. Big dreams of a concept album… one day. But for now, this tune is about Yossarian from the novel, and his outlook on life; as bleak or as sensible as you take it.”
On Slow Learner, Ben says:
“This song was recorded in about 15 minutes in my bedroom at home. It’s about giving from a place of emptiness and how it always ends badly. We added the cello by Eileen Sparks in the mixing process, just for a splash of colour.”
The bands announced pre-order vinyl/bundles – including exclusive t-shirt + bespoke speciality roasted coffee beans from Melbourne’s Padre Coffee– last Friday to an overwhelming sell out response.
Fans can expect a further merch drop in the coming days + catch the new tracks from each band out NOW!
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Thanks to Unified Music Group