It’s really interesting watching bands and artists grow and evolve over time as they search for what their sound and story will become. For central coast duo, Winterbourne this journey has seen them go from busking on the street to supporting the likes of Lewis Watson, The Rubens and Little May. Recently signed to Island Records, Jordan Brady and James Draper have been in the studio working on their forthcoming debut album which hears them shifting towards a brighter and bolder indie pop influenced folk sound. Whilst it is a little drastic in comparison to their past EP’s, it works well as a reintroduction. They deliver an euphoric production while discussing the cultural pressures to better yourself thanks to social media. To coincide with the release of the single, the duo have just dropped their offical music video which sees them serving you 80’s house party vibes, along with a slick feel. This visual piece perfectly correlates with the drifting synth sound that has been injected into their normally folk dominated sound.
I recently chatted to Jordan Brady from Winterbourne about pushing the boundaries on their sound, the vulnerability behind their upcoming debut album and I find out just how passionate they are about pineapple on pizza. Check out the chat HERE;
TB: ’Better’ was sonically quite the departure compared to your previous releases, so what was musically inspiring you when you entered the studio this time around to slightly push the boundaries on folk?
JB: We’ve never really given much thought to what sound to aim for. In fact, we found it really difficult to pitch to our producer and management what the record was meant to sound like because we knew we would just know it when we heard it. For this record we just took each song and went about making it as good as we could manage. ‘Better’ is very true to the kind of music we’ve always written and the kind of sound that we’ve always been striving towards.
TB: After doing a bit of touring and playing some shows do you feel like this also inspired you to head towards a slightly more uplifting production?
JB: The production aspect is something we feel we’ve improved on over the last four years. Each of our demos sounds better than the last and we’ve got a much better understanding of how it all works. So I think that production value of our music has sort of grown with us. Plus our production team, Andy and Jackson have been on this whole journey with us, so I think this record reflects all of those things.
TB: The single looks at the cultural pressure around bettering yourself which has been worsened from social media. So has this been something you guys have personally struggled with both personally and as artists?
JB: Yeah, it’s definitely something that’s always on our mind in some way, particularly as a band. There’s always that pressure to do well as an artist and it’s worsened by how easy it is to compare ourselves to other bands and other people.
TB: You’ve been currently working on your debut album which is due to be released early next year. So what can people expect from this record?
JB: The record is the best 12 songs we’ve written in the last 3 years, well we think anyway. And it was recorded with the most talented people we know. It sounds like we went into a studio and tried to make the best album we possibly could.
TB: What would you say is the most vulnerable moment or lyric on the record so far for you?
JB: There is a song called ‘Sunday Night’ which is probably the most exposed and raw song we’ve ever recorded.
TB: When you guys play a show, what is one emotion you want people to walk away feeling after?
JB: Whatever the opposite of boredom is *laughs*
TB: You have done a bit of touring over the past couple of years including opening for Lewis Watson last year on his Australian tour. So what has been one of your favourite touring memories so far?
JB: Yeah we love touring! There have been so many great moments. Playing the Enmore in 2015 was a huge milestone for us, even though it was as a support. To be honest every show is its own highlight, for the most part. As long as there’s a beer and some kind of nice meal involved.
TB: You guys started busking on the streets doing covers before writing your own music. So when you started writing originals together did it flow naturally or did you have to work on the delivery and fine tuning a bit to get a good creative flow?
JB: We’ve been writing for as long as we’ve been playing covers, in fact our busking set was actually mostly originals with a few covers thrown in. We’ve always felt that the writing flows pretty well, but it’s definitely something that always requires work. We like being critical of our own writing and always trying to write a better song than the last.
TB: When you guys were busking, what is one song you guys always refused to cover? And what is the number one song you always got requested to play during your busking sets?
JB: ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis!
TB: The Australian music scene is a very vibrant place and there so many great newcomers hitting the scene. So who are some artists that you think people need to discover ASAP?
JB: Woodlock, Grace Hughes, Mike Waters, The Moving Stills and The Money War. All incredible songwriters and great artists!
TB: Let’s play a little game where you answer these questions with the first thing that comes to mind..
TB: If we could form a supergroup with any other band or artist it would be…
TB: The emoji that best describes the band is…
JB: The shrugging boy
TB: Pineapple on pizza is…
JB: No more or less acceptable than any other ingredient. It’s pizza for god’s sake why has it become a thing where we can get enraged over pizza toppings? What is it about this argument that turns people into irritating pizza purists who get all worked up and say things like “pineapple on pizza is sacrilege” as though they’re offended. As though they themselves invented pizza specifically as a dish that would not tolerate certain ingredients? It highlights a lack of tolerance inherent in our society, and provides yet another outlet for people to exercise their compulsion to be self-righteous, stubborn and ignorant. It’s the YouTube comments section of pizza conversation. Annoys the shit out of me!
JD: is this some kind of sick joke? How can it possibly be the same as any other ingredients? What a ridiculous thing to say. It’s not an act of righteous stubbornness to question why an offensively strong tasting FRUIT randomly turns up on a slice of PIZZA. YOU SIR are the ignorant one. Are we putting strawberries on our roast dinners now? Are we chucking some kiwi fruit in our fried rice? NO WE’RE NO! How dare you compare this discussion to the YouTube comments section! Would ignorance not be to simply say nothing? IT TASTES BAD! I’M LEAVING THE BAND!
TB: Most people think we…
JB: Are overly opinionated about strange things.
TB: If we weren’t called Winterbourne, we would be called…
JB: Roasting Chestnuts
Winterbourne’s new single ‘Better’ is out now!