Interview: East Capri Chat About Their Evolving Sound, Latest Single + More

Words: Tracey Moyle {Music Maven Events}

Local alternative duo East Capri have hit the music scene with an unexpected momentum that has given the band good reason to be excited. Founding members Eden Cartwright (vocals) and Jackson Deasy (guitar), hit the ground running recently with their debut single Wake n Repeat and now, their latest heavy hitting release, Liberate, is about to follow suit.

Although the rise appears sudden, a lot of years, blood, sweat and tears have gone into the shaping of East Capri and their constantly evolving sound. Hailing from Rockhampton, the guys moved to Brisbane prior to the pandemic only to see the band’s musical release put on hold, a story all too familiar with the music industry. However, they have taken advantage of the extra time to produce and sharpen their upcoming EP to perfection and if their debut single is any indication, it will be well worth the wait.

East Capri have captured a sound that rings out as so familiar yet leaves you searching for comparison. They embrace, alternative rock, nu-metal, RnB, pop and emo vibes with their infusion of genres creating a musical sonance that leaves you wanting more. Lyrically their music has cavernous depth with a level of vulnerability that will hit you right in the feels.

Our Music Maven Tracey Moyle jumped at the chance to chat with Jackson and Eden to find out more about East Capri, their origins, their influences and what the band have coming up in the near future.

You have definitely made an impact with your debut single Wake N Repeat, could you give me some background on how East Capri came to be?

Jackson: It all started in Rockhampton. I had met Eden through mutual friends at a local metal show. They had a band and I joined into that band. That didn’t really go too far but even though that band didn’t really do much Eden and I still kept writing songs together.  Then eventually we both moved here and decided to actually do something with the songs.
Eden: A lot of the songs were fuelled by the stuff that has happened in our lives as well. For me it was my mother passed away a few years ago and being separated from Jackson for a while. I was moving on and off for work and was between Rockhampton and Brisbane. I know Jackson was on his own for a while and was pretty isolated.
Jackson: Yeah, so that’s probably what a lot of the lyrics in Wake n Repeat was about. When I moved to Brisbane and I didn’t really know many people. I struggled to find a job, so there’s just a really weird period where i was like you know pretty closed off from the world. So that was a few years ago now.

Jackson, I read that you have written and produced each track in-house. Is that correct?

Jackson: We actually recorded all of it here. We have a bedroom as a dedicated studio in the house. We started recording probably December 2019, January 2020, so we started just before Covid here. I guess Covid happening gave us a bit of a chance to put a bit more time into it. Obviously, no one could release stuff or do any shows so we put extra time into trying to get it right. It was our first released so we really wanted to come in with a bang.
Eden: Especially with recording the vocals last year, I was doing night shift, I was essential service, so we could only really record during the weekends.
Jackson: So, he was awake for a few hours before I had to go to work, and we would just practise for those hours every single day. Then we would set a weekend to record the vocals and then he would just practise for hours every day in the week or so leading up to that. It was a very slow process because we didn’t have like much time where our timetables lined up. But we eventually got there.

Being able to produce your own music would be a huge benefit. Having that ability to keep the end result exactly as your original idea without any outside input would be so good.

Jackson: That makes sense, yeah. I do sometimes feel like, maybe I’m a little bit hard-headed with the way I want things to sound. I feel like, if there was another producer in there, I would constantly be uneasy because it would be like ‘that’s not the way I want it’ kind of thing.  I’m glad that Eden and I are now pretty much always on the same wavelength with the way that we want things to sound. We obviously always have little things.
Eden: Like a lyric or how to perform a vocal but in terms of the writing, we’re on the same wavelength.
Jackson: I feel like our influences are intersected at a certain point and we like the same things now and that makes it easy for writing.

So who are your infuences?

Jackson: Originally our influences are a lot different. Mine came from rock and nu metal and stuff like that. I didn’t start getting into heavy music until grade 10 or 11. Most people are into it a lot younger than that. I was a bit of a late bloomer.

Eden: It was definitely punk for me. Definitely the emo kid through and through. I love my emo-punk music.
Jackson: Our influences came from different places but eventually they’ve intersected. So stuff like Slaves, Palisades, I Prevail and Bring Me The Horizon and Falling In Reverse, those sort of things.
Eden: We were talking about this early before, there’s another band To Octavia. It’s really hard to stamp a genre on our sound. It’s like maybe we could say what each song is influenced and takes like inspiration by, but I don’t know if we even really have a natural sound.
Jackson: I think we have so many different elements from different genres. It’s not as noticeable on this current EP ‘Wake n Repeat’, but with our newer stuff that’s coming out after this, because we’ve we have a lot of music banked up, it’s very hard to really put a finger on what genre actually it is. It’s kind of an amalgamation between different gernres.

Your Facebook profile says you;  “strive to grow and evolve with each offering”. That’s a really exciting thing to hear from a band. I find our current music scene, especially locally, bands have so many genres woven into their sound. The’ve pulled from so many influences that it creates something completely new, and I feel like that’s what you guys have done or are doing.

Jackson:  Thank you. I feel like that’s what we’re doing. The way that we’ve described it to people is, it’s kind of like R&B pop but heavy, which is the direction we’re going. The current EP that’s coming up, has a bit more of a nostalgic sound. There’s definitely some older kind of inspiration in there, sonically.  Wake N Repeat and one of our singles that will be released in next few months probably has a bit of a newer sound. But there’s a few other songs in the middle of the EP, that have an older influence. But our new stuff that’s coming out after that, there’s definitely a noticeable progression in sound that for sure.
Eden: I feel this EP is pretty dark. It touches base on a lot of heavy situations.
Jackson: Lyrically you can definitely tell where we were in our lives when we wrote a lot of this stuff. If you compare that to what we’re writing now obviously our lives are a lot different a few years on.
Eden: There’s lot more attitude in our new stuff and you can hear the progression for sure. It’s kind of like our history, our past.

I think it’s important to be vulnerable when you’re writing music. I find that with bands that are almost exposing themselves through their songs, people grab a hold of it because they can relate to everything that’s being expressed. Vulnerability in your music gives you more of a connection with the listener.

Jackson: I feel like there’s definitely a few songs on the new EP that you can definitely hear the emotion in the melodies but also the lyrics as well.
Eden: Definitely a lot of pain in there.

I hope there’s not so much pain anymore.

Jackson: Definitely, it’s been like a ‘time heals all wounds’ kind of deal.
Eden: It was definitely therapy for us for sure.
Jackson: I guess talking about vulnerability, there were definitely a lot of moments during recording where it was pretty tough with some of the lyrics in there. It really dredges up a lot of a lot of things, so during the recording process there’s definitely some vulnerable moments.

Your debut single Wake n Repeat is amazing. You gained so much attention. Triple J have picked it up, you’re on The Faction hitlist on Spotify, Triple M had you in Hard N Heavy, you were even on the AFL first quarter recap a couple of weeks back. You guys must just be wrapped with how it’s going? 

Jackson: For both of us this is the first original music either of us have ever released, so we didn’t expect any of what’s happened so far. And every time something comes up it’s still hard to believe.
Eden: Yeah It doesn’t seem real to us yet. It’s crazy.
Jackson: You’re always unsure because you never know how something’s going to be received. As much as you think your own music is good you just have no idea what everyone else is going think about it. With your own music you have to try to take a step back and be like ‘is this actually good’ and sometimes you definitely have those doubts about it. But it’s good when you believe in a song and then it turns out what you believe was correct. At least so far we’ve been pretty stoked with the reaction to it.

The bands latest track Liberate goes deeper into emotional depth with a melodic vocal contrasted by agonising screams. The band have described the track, lyrically, as being about finding your own identity and chasing a passionate path curated by only you with risks, or choosing a safe path chosen by others.

In a recent press release they said; “Both of these paths are wildly different in every way, which creates a very unsupportive and demeaning environment when expressing your dreams and aspirations. Liberate represents a situation in which the time has come to make a choice, a safe and simple life with so-called “guaranteed success”? Or taking a risk and chasing your dreams and passions?

Your lastest single Liberate takes things to the next level. It’s like an agonising sonic punch.

Jackson: It’s definitely our heaviest song. Half of the song is screaming so we feel like it’s probably the song that will probably go down the best as far as popularity within the heavy scene. It has a lot of energy.
Eden: Originally we had three singles to release and we’d done two film clips. We knew we had to do something for this one because we thought this song was just too big to not do something for it.
Jackson: So we had to work within our budget that we had. We had done two videos but knew and we had to do something for this one. So we decided to just put in a little bit extra money and we did a visualizer through Third Eye Visuals for Liberate. He did an amazing job with it .

You have your first gig coming up at Brightside in August. You must be pretty excited to get your music out infront of a live crowd?

Jackson: Yes that was pretty unexpected. It was the day after we released the single and we were in a chat with a bunch of Brisbane bands and we’d just posted our single. The Days Like These guys really dug it and they emailed us and offered us a spot on their show at the Brightside which was pretty unexpected so early on. We were definitely expecting to slog it out for a few weeks or months to try and get shows. We’re super excited for that. It’s going to be out first show playing any of this music.

East Capri are a name alternative/heavy music lovers will no doubt become quickly familiar with. With their debut single Wake N Repeat powering its way onto radio and personal playlists at a rapid pace their latest drop Liberate is sure to be hot on it’s heals.

You can catch East Capri at The Brightside Brisbane on Friday 13th August, opening for Days Like These ‘Wide Awake Across Australia’ Tour. Tickets available HERE.

East Capri’s debut EP ‘Wake N Repeat’ is due out Friday 27 August.

Latest single Liberate is now available on all streaming services.

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With thanks to Collision Course

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