Our very own Adelaide-based indie rock band The New Yorks are back with their newest single We Enjoy This Too Much, which brings together seriously good vibes, enjoyable guitar tunes, and a strong sense of nostalgia.
I recently conducted an e-interview with Vinnie from The New Yorks:
Tema: How did the band The New Yorks come into existence? What's the story behind the band members and their history of knowing each other?
Vinnie: Marcus and I had been playing songs together since we started high school and throughout school we taught Carlos to play bass. For a little while we were under different band names but really settled as The New Yorks when Jared joined the as the drummer. I guess we are just high school pals with an appreciation for watching Fraser… or Cheers whichever use to be on at 4pm on a weekday.
Tema: Upon first hearing your song We Enjoy Too Much, I instantly thought of the band Jet. Are there any musical bands / artists that helped you get inspired to get into the music industry or create your style of songs? Vinnie: We have definitely been influenced by early 2000's indie acts, like Bloc Party, The Wombats and Paolo Nutini. It the kind of music that we all love, so I guess it's hard for us not to be inspired by their work.
Tema: How did you decide on the name The New Yorks? Vinnie: Unfortunately, there isn't much of a story behind the name, it was just some that we found had a nice ring to it, I guess it's confident and overstated.
Tema: What should people expect from your album? Is there a mix, a sense of consistency, one theme or multiple themes? Vinnie: The main themes of the EP are admiration & resentment, love-hate relationships, and the irrelevance of questioning juvenile morality. The notion of love-hate relationships is not necessarily based on human interaction, but rather how a love for something and the search for admiration or approval can rob that process of the elements that made you love it in the first place.
Tema: Going by your music clips, you seem have a thing for wolves (Sir Wolf // the mask in We Enjoy Too Much) - would you like to explain the significance of the recurring theme (or is it pure coincidence)? Vinnie: The film clip to We Enjoy This Too Much is a prequel to Sir Wolf. Sir Wolf was established as a dominant character, a gobbling narcissist of a business man that's interested in the dollars generated behind the music. Sir Wolf is extravagant in order to out-shadow his dissatisfaction. We Enjoy This Too Much provides a backstory to how he became this figure.
Tema: The music clip for "We Enjoy Too Much" seems to be a refreshing blast from the past, with nostalgic props, simple tunes, and lyrics that aren't hard to sing along to! How did you come up with the concept of the video and why did you decide to shoot it in VHS mode? Vinnie: Oliver Del Vecchio (filmed and directed the clips) and I are quite intrigued by narrative film clips, and think telling a full story is quite entertaining for the viewer. Therefore, we thought the prequel would be a nice complement to the previous release. Based in 1985, the clip shows the failure of Sir Wolf's band, 'Steppe & The Hunting Men' and his adoption in the music business. A love for being a musician results to be detrimental, with his failure turning him bitter this leading to his actions in the Sir Wolf clip.
Tema: How did you come up with the lyrics to the song We Enjoy Too Much - did something inspire it, or was it a bunch of different elements that seemed to pull together to create this catchy tune?
Vinnie: I guess We Enjoy This Too Much is meant to represent the bickering and constant debate between a couple. This idea of love-hate and what is actually healthy is dwelled upon, with the lyrics intended to be quite conversational. It's about arguing for the sake of arguing and the realisation that maybe you both like it, hence "We Enjoy This Too Much".
Tema: How would you explain your musical style and sense to someone who has not heard of you prior?
Vinnie: Hedonistic, Coffee & Reverb, Indie Rock… Meant-for- Myspace?
Tema: What's in store for The New Yorks in the not so distant future? Any plans of touring / creating new content / collaborating with other music artists?
Vinnie: We're heading off on the 'I Wish I Was You, But That's Just Me' tour this month, with the first show in Manly on the 18 th , Adelaide on the 25 th and finally Melbourne in late September. Right now, we are really eager to see how the release of the EP is taken by the audience while we continue writing for the next