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Sleeping In Water is the second single to be taken off the band’s forthcoming album and precedes a run of headlining tour dates this November. Jack parsons spoke with The Echo.

I loved your track Sam’s Mob. Do you mind articulating a bit about why you wrote that? Were you surprised by the reaction and that you had hit so perfectly on the zeitgeist at the time?

I wrote that after Adam Goodes was torn to pieces for celebrating a goal. I was still playing footy at the time and I was confronted with backward racist shit firsthand and couldn’t really believe it. So the song was written about a year and a half before the Caroline Wilson stuff.

The sentiment was the same; it was someone in a marginalised group doing their thing and old fat rich fucks couldn’t handle it. I am hopeful that they will quieten down when their livers break down and they all get deviated septums and start dying. Here’s to hoping. I was surprised by the response it got; hate is always surprising. Or just disappointing I guess.  

You have been more disciplined in your recording regime this year. Why the change of tack?

Nah, we haven’t really been more disciplined. Kind of the same thing. Maybe the songs are a little better though. We took about four days to record, which is what we usually do, and we did a single tour for the first time ever… I think we saw the benefit in trying to get the most out of the CD, which we have never done. 

Tell me about recording Soft Rock for the Anxious. First of all I love the title; where did that come from?

Well it came from most of the lyrics I suppose. I suppose the personal ones are really personal for the first time and the observational ones carry the same themes, which is probably a bit self-representational anyway.  

What about song choice? Did you have a bag of songs ready, or was it a drop-and-write kind of affair?

Hmmm. We always have maybe one or two songs lurking around the fringes. Never one of those things when ya hear about a band going into the studio with 30 songs. Holy fark, that’s farked. I think if we had 30 songs we’d just do a triple album. This was the first time when we had a deadlock over a song but I reckon we made the right call in the end. 

How do you guys handle studio conditions? Do you pretty well know what you want? 

Hmmm. I guess normally we would have at least a 90 per cent idea of how the LP will turn out. Normally the songs are at least 70 per cent there before we start recording and then there might be some last-minute changes that usually end up making the song. Kerosene was super underdone before we recorded but Goolsa pushed really hard for it and it turned out sick.

Sleeping in the Water is a heartfelt honest love song. What is it about a great love song do you think that tears a person in two? Do you have to be heartbroken yourself to even get close to be able to writing one? How much of your rawness do you expose?

I don’t reckon you have to be heartbroken yourself. Maybe just near it. I was near that one, but don’t worry, it turned out fine. 

Pretty Littles play the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.


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