They're the sonic equivalent of running slow-mo through the sprinkler (possibly naked) on a hot summer's day in a haze of crunchy riffs and pumping beats, and for Northern Beaches psych garage rockers The Ruminaters 2018 is certainly their time to shine.
Fresh from traipsing around the east coast with Grouplove to releasing and touring their sophomore full-length 'S.U.N 91', this charismatic bunch are a rare breed; ostentatiously cheeky and freakishly memorable with their hooky tunes, nostalgic swoon and technical finesse. But not content with just riding out their ongoing success, the boys have also dedicated themselves to pushing their signature sound and ideas, perhaps most notably on the brand new concept album that paints the sun as a time machine and follows different passengers travelling back in time to 1991.
With so much already under their belts for the year, there's no doubt a tsunami of awesome is poised on the horizon for The Ruminaters - but while they catch their breath after their recent 'Left Our Jobs Forever' tour, the boys took a moment to chat recording, concept albums and their foolproof excuse for calling in sick to work. Interview below.
'BOYS OFF WORK' (THE RUMINATERS)
TIANA SPETER: First things first – a massive congratulations on the release of ‘S.U.N 91’ – it’s a doozy of an album, and obviously quite a labour of love. It seems to mark a slight change for you boys, particularly not following the “I <something> The Ruminaters” titles seen on the previous album and EP. Where did the concept of this album stem from, both musically and thematically?
THE RUMINATERS: Thank you. We put more in to this album than we have with anything before. We spent a lot of time laboring over each song making sure individually they stand alone. I think cause of how much we crafted each song to be completely different from each other naturally each song had its own persona. Which led to each song being a different character flying on the sun. It’s a big step in production for us this album. Thanks to Rob Brinkman (producer) and RAK studios. It’s not different in the way we’ve always written what ever sounding music we want. We’ve never boxed our selves into any particular style. So this album was an exploration more into depth of what we could do as songwriters, opposed to recording a song to how we’d play it live. So I think album the feels more complete than any other recording we’ve done.
TIANA: And the album also sees a bit of a change process-wise…it’s the first album you’ve ever done demos for. What marked this change, and did this make for a more positive experience in the studio compared to the last few times? Is this something you’ll adopt for future releases?
RUMIES: Yeah we finally got some gear to record our selves. I mean it’s a pretty simple and normal thing for a band to do. Just demo a song. It doesn’t need to sound good. Just get the idea out. We’d never really done that before. We fell in love with laboring over the perfect part for a song. So instead of mindless jamming, we could all come in individually or together and work on parts. Definitely a good thing to do. Saved a lot of time in the studio.
TIANA: ‘S.U.N 91’ saw you bunkered down at RAK Studios, which has been home to some pretty insane acts. How did this opportunity come about?
TIANA: And on the topic of Rob Brinkman – what's he like to work with?
TIANA: While there’s no denying the psychedelic tendencies in your signature woozy garage/indie rock, can you tell us a bit about the underlying musical influences behind The Ruminaters? Did you all come into this with specific influences, or are they all quite diverse
TIANA: You boys haven’t just been busy recording and releasing, you’ve also been touring your butts off, including the recent ‘Boys Off Work’ tour, plus a heap of shows last year. Do you love getting on the road still after all this time? What do you love most about touring?
TIANA: And you haven’t limited your tours to Aus, you’ve also wandered off to Europe and beyond – what’s been the most memorable gig for the Ruminaters so far?
TIANA: To slowly wrap things up – describe The Ruminaters in three words:
TIANA: If the Ruminaters had to be trapped on a desert island with one other band, who would it be and why?
TIANA: The Ruminaters are famous for fire Insta videos and being general legends – but as for other Aussie bands kicking around out there, who are some of your favourite local bands and why?
TIANA: And finally, your lead single from ‘S.U.N 91’ was Boys Off Work – what’s the best excuse for calling in sick to work?
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