Adelaide-born, Melbourne-based artist, rapper and songwriter ALLDAY today reveals details of his forthcoming album, ‘Drinking With My Smoking Friends’, set for release 28 May via Believe and available for pre-order HERE. The news arrives alongside the release of the second single to be lifted from the album, Void (listen and watch the video HERE) and the unveiling of a string of national album tour dates. Kicking off in August, the album tour will take in venues across Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. Tickets are on sale 9AM Local Time on Thursday 18 March here: alldaytunes.com
On his fourth record, ‘Drinking With My Smoking Friends’, Allday— born Tom Gaynor — captures evocative snippets of life from the “extended youth” he found himself experiencing when he returned from Los Angeles to home soil, relocating to Melbourne after living abroad for over a year. Marking a significant shift in genre, ‘Drinking With My Smoking Friends’ integrates more guitar-driven pop sounds into the talented lyricist’s sonic universe.
“I came back to Australia from LA and I was working out what comes next. My music has always been somewhat varied: there’s different types of rap, really pop songs, house-y stuff,” he says. Tom felt compelled to further explore more open, sentimental melodies after working with producer Japanese Wallpaper on In Motion, a track that appeared on his 2017 record ‘Speeding’. “There was an element, with songs like that, where the tough guy facade came down. So then I thought, ‘Why am I still holding on to that?’“
Across the record, Gaynor charts the story of two lovers, a kind of disillusioned Bonnie and Clyde, hellbent on fleeing a dead-end town with stars in their eyes. Gaynor shares: “’Drinking With My Smoking Friends’ is about escaping something and finding something new, whether that’s a place, a relationship or something else.” The record tells stories of suburban drudgery and inner city decay, crafting sculptures of Australian life and the hopefulness of not only youth, but of youthful thinking as well.
To pursue his shift in direction, Gaynor worked with a slew of local musicians, each of whom brought fresh perspective and a trove of skills and experience. Gab Strum (aka Japanese Wallpaper) co-wrote on several songs, and contributed production and mixing; Johnny Took and Matt Mason from DMA’s joined on guitar; Simon Lam of electro outfit KLLO joined Gaynor and Strum to write on the record, as did singer-songwriter Hayley Mary, Delta Riggs’ Michael Tramonte and Elliott Hammond; and Joji Malani, formerly of Gang of Youths, came along for the ride too.
In late 2020, Allday teased his forthcoming album with After All This Time: a euphoric moment that wears its ’80s influences lightly and primed the Allday audience to embrace the new direction. It embodies Gaynor’s thematic direction for the record, with hopeful lyrics – of freedom, escape and looking out at the familiar – that betray a sadness and skepticism buried deeper.
He says: “There was a part of me that thought, ‘I want to stop being so relentlessly dark in my music. Why don’t I just try to be a bit optimistic? All the songs on the record are deliberately optimistic but they contain shadows, and those are the optimistic songs I like, because they feel more human.”
For Gaynor, the shadow belying his happiness was the death of a close friend a couple of years ago. He’s been focusing squarely on this record in that time, determined to create lightness, fun, and a sense of hope for the future. “In doing that, I hope my audience feels a sense of hope, even with their own shadows in life,” he says.
As testament to that is Void, a standout single on the record, which premiered on triple j overnight. “You will avoid the void,” he sings over and over, as a resonant incantation to turn to when doing the opposite becomes tempting.
Allday’s fourth full length offering, ‘Drinking With My Smoking Friends’, follows on from Top 10 ARIA debuting LPs ‘Starry Night Over The Phone’ (2019), ‘Speeding’ (2017) and ‘Startup Cult’ (2014) as well as a 2 x platinum singles, 5 x gold singles and 1 x gold EP. Charting well over 200 million career streams, Allday has amassed a cult following that has seen him play huge, iconic festival sets and sell out giant venues on every tour.
Sat, Aug 07 – Metro City – Perth
Fri, Aug 20 – Enmore Theatre* – Sydney
Sat, Aug 21 – Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide
Fri, Aug 27 – The Forum – Melbourne
Sat, Aug 28 – Fortitude Music Hall – Brisbane
*Licensed All Ages
Thanks to Bossy Music