As part of the C60 Club, we here at austerity will be catching up with some of our favourite artists of the underground music scene. This month, we’ve spoken to recent AUS signing & someone we’re quickly running out of superlatives to adequately describe - the one & only Daisy May Coburn…
Hello Daisy, & welcome to the C60 Club (& austerity records!)
D: Thank you greatly!
As an artist that has performed in various musical capacities over the years, your journey towards joining austerity has been a long & interesting one. How does it feel to finally release your long-awaited solo material into the world?
It feels amazing. I feel blessed to have met such a wicked little team. Alongside the austerity crew, recently meeting Nick (Nicholas De Carlo - who mixed my tracks) through Johnny Goddard (who made my video), a very cool & solid little line-up has evolved - pushing the project in the right direction. It’s awesome! So in that respect, it feels like it was meant to be & I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings.
With the blend of pop, swing & elements of psych, your sound is one of the most unique out there. What inspires such an individual sound?
I suppose it reflects the years I’ve been playing music & the material I have made & listened to in that time. I adore swing & jazz from the 30s, but I also absolutely love 60s & 70s psych etc.The pop sensibility definitely comes from my Dad - he’s a bit of a pop tart (all the good 80s stuff, of course).
The “No Love” EP is a very personal & inward-reflecting collection of songs. The lyrics,especially on lead single “Fire”, hint at the idea of letting go & moving on. Do you see this release as a fresh start of sorts?
Absolutely! It’s an act of liberation & self-love. Having the confidence to stand behind your vision takes time & valuing your self-worth. We don’t always get taught this when we aregrowing up. You kind of have to figure out that when you respect yourself, you have the ability to function & communicate your essence relatively pain-free! Tortured artistry is a thing of the past (for me, anyway). It doesn’t have to hurt to be real.
The video for “Fire”, which premiered on Backseat Mafia last month, is incredible. The image of yourself alone with your guitar while the world is burning around you is extremely striking.Take us through the inspiration for the video & how it came to be.
Thank you! I guess it boiled down to what could be achieved in a small space & quickly without doing an awkward, run-of-the-mill performance video. Johnny Goddard of Youth Hymns did the heavy lifting on this one for sure - hours of editing green screen to make such a magical atmosphere. I only saw the video the day before it came out - it really was a process of trust & I knew he would deliver something great because I love his work. He’s very good at what he does!
In a bit of foreshadowing, you played a live set at the austerity launch party in Hastings two years ago. With the promise of a more normal 2021 just around the corner, are you looking forward to getting back in front of an audience?
This would be wonderful. I played one live show the week before lockdown with my band & there was so much to take & learn from it, it was a real shame that exploration was cut short. But in that time I’ve been able to put this EP out - which wasn’t on the agenda before lockdown - so I am grateful for it, & I feel like having done so has solidified the identity of the project, which may be easier to navigate live when we are able to get back out there.
Following on from “No Love”, what lies ahead for Daisy Coburn? The future looks very promising indeed.
I feel like I’ve broken the ice & have a great team behind me to continue building the DNA of this project. I would love to release a string of singles next year & maybe another EP in the autumn. But playing shows would be essential in promoting the releases this time around - the timeline may be dictated by this - but I will be preparing the music & visuals in order for this to come to fruition. Busy hopefully!
Daisy Coburn’s “No Love” EP (AUS-C03) is now SOLD OUT. Click HERE to listen on Spotify.
Even in uncertain times, we keep moving forward. As such, please join us in welcoming the Cambridge post-rock seven-piece Tape Runs Out to the austerity family! Described as “spectral, shoegazey & magical” by Fierce Panda, Tape Runs Out are one of the most stunning bands we’ve had the pleasure of discovering &, believe us, their new music is absolutely beautiful. Look out for an exclusive live session coming very soon, but for now please welcome Liam & the crew to aus.
The flamin' hot ‘fireburst’ glitter cassettes of Daisy Coburns forthcoming “No Love” EP, released exclusively as part of the C60 Club, are now up for pre-order ahead of the December 11th release date. As with all C60 releases, this item is limited to just 25 copies. Click HERE to place your order now.
Today is a big and rather exciting day. Daisy Coburns debut single “Fire” (taken from her forthcoming “No Love” EP), is now available to stream & purchase on all good digital platforms (including Spotify & Apple Music) The stunning video, directed by Johnny Goddard is being premiered right now over at backseatmafia.com. Get ready to listen to your new favourite artist.
The sound & vision of Winter Gardens is a culmination of years of friendship, expression & life experiences. In light of the release of “Tapestry”, we spoke to Dan Hillier of Noizze to explain our journey so far - where we’ve come from, our ideologies & what this means to us. If you have a spare five, check out our in-depth interview HERE
*IMPORTANT* Apologies for the silence, but we’ve been working hard behind the scenes adjusting to the new government restrictions announced over the weekend. We’re happy to say that we have a new, rescheduled date for the sold-out Pete Fij Terry Bickers // Zooni // Winter Gardens show at The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea. Covid-permitting, this show will now take place on Saturday January 30th 2021. All purchased tickets will remain valid (see dlwp.com for full terms & conditions). Thank you for sticking with us, & please keep yourself & others safe.
We told you these tickets weren’t going to hang around for long. The Pete Fij & Terry Bickers show at The De La Warr is now officially SOLD OUT. Big thanks to Musics Not Dead & the DLWP team, Alex Brown & everyone else that helped make this happen. See you all in November ya rockers.
We are proud & overwhelmed with joy to announce our latest roster addition - the glamorous, idiosyncratic & extremely talented Daisy Coburn. With influences ranging from Mata Hari & early flamenco to Siouxsie Sioux & Karen-O, Daisy performs an inspiring, groove-ridden brand of alt-rock that is completely her own. Ourselves & Daisy have some big plans, & we can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been working on. But, for now, we’d like to send a heartfelt welcome to the family.
It is with pleasure & much excitement that we can finally confirm our first live, real-life gig since February. Co-hosting with our friends at Musics Not Dead, we will be bringing the great Pete Fij & Terry Bickers (House Of Love, Adorable, Levitation) to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-On-Sea for a COVID-safe show on Sat November 21st, with support from the fantastic Zooni & our very own Winter Gardens. A very, very limited amount of tickets go on sale via the DLWP website at 10:00am on Monday (26/10) with an exclusive pre-sale link being available to AUS newsletter subscribers now. This is gonna be very lovely, cool, nice and wicked..... Clicking the flyer below MAY also take you to the super secret pre-sale link...
As part of the C60 Club, we here at austerity will be catching up with some of our favourite artists of the underground music scene. This month, we’ve spoken to Connor & Joe - the men behind the psychedelic alt-dance duo known as RADIDAS…
Hello RADIDAS, & welcome to the C60 Club.
R: Hey austerity!
From being heavily featured on BBC Introducing programming to securing support slots for the likes of Wolf Alice & Bat For Lashes, RADIDAS have achieved a lot in a relatively short amount of time. Please fill us in on the story of the band so far…
We’re both from Maidstone in Kent & have been friends for over 10 years now - we both played in the local music scene in other bands, but quickly discovered we shared a really similar music taste. We began hanging out & jamming, & spent ages playing with synths & loops in a home-production set up where we wrote our first EP, “Dream Button”. We moved to Brighton in 2017 to study & pursue the band further & have since released several singles & music videos, playing a number of shows in both Brighton & London & a short UK tour. Our last two single releases have been working with local label Pool Valley Music.
The RADIDAS sound is a very unique take on modern disco & experimental/psychedelic electronica that sits in a genre all by itself. What inspires such a distinctive & exciting sound?
After releasing our first EP, which was more psychedelic/guitar-inspired, we started getting into & learning more about drum machines & synthesis, which is now a big part of our sound. Our musical style is established through a lot of experimenting, both in the practise room & at home, self-recording & producing our tracks to find unique synth sounds that we can also use in our live set. As for our musical influences, we grew up listening to bands like Klaxons, Hot Chip & Crystal Castles - we’re also huge fans of a lot of records from the early 80’s, which also heavily influences our sound.
Despite originally forming elsewhere, the band has flourished in Brighton’s underground scene. What does the local music community mean to you as artists?
The Brighton music scene means a lot to us & it is a really distinctive place. Although we sometimes feel we’re a little leftfield for Brighton’s DIY scene, which is so heavily driven by guitar & noise bands, we really enjoy engaging & playing live shows with other local acts. Having the electronic influence on our music gives us the opportunity to remix some amazing bands - most recently we’ve worked with LIME to create a disco edit of their track ‘Surf N Turf’ which went down really well. We definitely feel there is space for more of an electronic scene around here!
A vast number of local venues, clubs, bands, promoters & just about every other profession related to music & the arts have suffered profoundly during the unfortunate events of 2020. How has this year affected RADIDAS & is there any bands or venues etc. that you feel are integral to the recovery of the local scene?
Like for a lot of unsigned bands, the live scene is an integral part of what we do. It’s a chance for us to try out new samples & effects discovered through writing & put it together with the live aspect of drums & guitar; everything comes together. We feel that Brighton’s local scene has a really diverse variety of bands & that every act, no matter the genre, is important in keeping it alive during these difficult times. The live scene has obviously come to a stop & a lot of the local venues are at risk of closing & potentially never opening their doors again. But, hopefully, campaigns like the Live Is Alive series of events can bring attention to how important local venues like The Dome, The Hope & Ruin & The Green Door Store are to Brighton’s scene. Losing these establishments will have a huge impact on culture & lifestyle for many people in the area, & the most important thing to do now in our opinion is to support organisations like the Music Venue Trust that fight for local venues.
The C60 cassette of “The Hits” EP is the first time your popular singles have been featured on a physical format, & your first release since your debut EP back in 2016 that isn’t digital-only. How does it feel to have your music released on a physical format again & what does the medium mean to you?
We feel that physical releases are an important milestone for a band - it’s being able to see & feel your work in a tangible form, which is just such a special feeling as an artist. Our last physical release was a special vinyl print of our “Dream Button” EP in 2016, & since then we’ve only released via digital formats, so we are thrilled to be working with austerity to put all of our work out on a limited, special-edition cassette. We’ve really enjoyed collaborating on the creation of the tapes & can’t wait to share them.
With a crazy & almost surreal year winding down & 2021 just around the corner, what are RADIDAS’ plans for the near future?
After our most recent release ‘Daisy Chain’, we are taking some time to work on new material. We’re kicking off 2021 with a recording session at Devon Analogue studios, so new music is on the way & we can’t wait to share it. We’re going to spend the next few months transforming our live set for the new year, to do something unique & exciting for when gigs are hopefully back to normal & we can all enjoy a boogie again.
RADIDAS’ “The Hits” EP (AUS-C02) is available on baby-pink cassette in the austerity webstore now. ORDER HERE