Geelong-based band 'Residual', will be taking up stumps at The Workers Club for a residency spanning the month of August. The four-piece brand of raw rock is emotive and impactful – as if designed for the intimacy venue provides.
THE WORKERS CLUB MELBOURNE RESIDENCY – MONDAY AUGUST 8, 15, 22, 29 | $3 ENTRY
Lead singer Sam Burtt's former relationship formed the backbone for their new single 'All For You' and it is the lyrics are ones we can all relate to. The band have been hard at work on their new EP and Residual are excited to soon share their carefully crafted tunes to the wider Melbourne public.
You've all been travelling for awhile …? The travelling we did was all like, personal, not band related – but we spent like a year and a half overseas. I'm not sure if it has had an effect as yet, but you experience a lot and you learn a lot and travelling broadens your mind.
Coming into the next release - the next round of writing – it'll inform that, more than anything; if you know what I mean? We've now got more to draw on lyrically.
All For You. We brought it to practice and I guess it has had a bit of an interesting life span I think. It was written jamming and stuff in the jam room, or wherever we were (!), and it was cool and we really liked it, so yeah, it is going on the EP.
It was never like a single to us, we didn't hear it as a single. We sort of had a different idea and a particular song was written with the intention of being a single, and we sort of put all our eggs in that basket.
It wasn't until we went to the studio and recorded it and came out that Tamara and Liz (our managers) were like, "you gotta do 'All For You'," and we were like, "WHAT?!"
It was more of like, a natural one, because there is a little sincerity to it and that comes from the fact the day we went to record the vocals, I had just broken up with my girlfriend and I was like, "NO ... I hate the world!"
It was real, real, cliched but it has added something like an 'air' to the track – for us at least – and it has carried over for people. It does take you to a good or a dark place, depending on what you need.
Life before WC (Workers Club residency).
I'm really excited, really keen.
We've played a couple of times before, and it is one of my favourite venues – cause I think a band like us, where we are at and what we are doing – something like The Workers Club in Melbourne is a good venue capacity.
It is a good goal; because it is Melbourne and we are from Geelong, we can bring people there. We can get people to that show and get fans out of that show. I think it has really lent itself to a band like us and also, we haven't played in ages!
We did a mini-residency there as well (Geelong Workers Club). The significance of The Workers Club is that it is Melbourne, and we will be trying to cultivate a following in Melbourne.
Nearly every week we are bringing a Geelong band with us as support. It's good for the networking side and making sure if we are going to break into the scene, we may as well be doing it together.
Life after WC.
Well, whilst we are doing the Melbourne residency, we are going to doing Geelong shows and a string of regional – Ballarat, Warrnambool, Bendigo and do Sydney – and that is all within August.
We are like, travelling, coming back and doing a gig on the Monday's. It is just awesome. Haha. We have other interstate shows after August, which we are locking in now, should be good!
We were at a point where we were at this new realm of the band I guess.
I had just finished uni, and the other guys were sort of like, getting jobs, and I guess we were ... I don't know, just looking and saying okay, we have time to do it.
I don't know if this is common, but in the case of the last two EP's – we booked the studio time and then we go, okay, we've got that. We usually have a bank of songs to work from, but they're usually songs that have been written in the two-three week period leading up to it.
(Songs) sort of come out of nowhere, not from necessity, but we kind of write intensively and that is where 'All For You' really shone through. It sort of came as a result – of not urgency – but this air of creativity before we headed into the studio. But, I also think we must like it, we must like the pressure of it (producing songs on deadline) or something!
Chet Faker \ Taylor Swift mash up.
We wanted to do a little something that was acoustic and a little stripped back.
It just so happened a mate of us said, "hey, I need something for uni, do you guys want to do something?," and we were like, "yeah, what are we going to do?" At the time I'd been working this little cover of 'Shake it Off' and it was very different from the original.
It was just after Triple J had come out with the Hottest 100 and it was a huge thing about why Taylor Swift shouldn't be in, and the Chet Faker one 'Talk is Cheap' – how fun would it be if we just merged them together, cause they are not like supposed to be associated.
We sort of just went through and it surprised us just how easily it clicked. We never forced them – they were sort of just made for each other!!
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THE WORKERS CLUB MELBOURNE RESIDENCY
– MONDAY AUGUST 8, 15, 22, 29 | $3 ENTRY