Perth’s Methyl Ethel release “Rogues” single & video in anticipation of their upcoming full-length
Born in the heat of the Australian summer, ‘Rogues’ is the first piece of stream of conscious pop to surface from Methyl Ethel’s forthcoming debut album. Both sweet and volatile like the ketone compound namesake of Jake Webb’s formless expanding musical alter ego, the song was recorded shortly after inception in the regional south-west over a 24 hour period in the doorless room of an old shopfront in Fremantle that he was living in at the time. In his words “the guitar hook just seemed to fit the song and my housemate at the time remarked how that was what he had also been hearing in his head. It was very, very hot in that house.”
Developing his ambient and textural guitar sound playing with the likes of Sugarpuss, Rabbit Island and Grace Woodroofe. Jake Webb established Methyl Ethel in 2013 as an outlet for his adventures in reverb soaked home recording. Built from the ground up in various bedrooms, friends’ studios and quiet caverns, the exceptional EP diptych “Guts” and Teeth” were released in quick succession and explore themes of anxiety, disillusionment and stasis. The intricate tapestries of melody, dripping with lush eccentricity, ascended through the ether and airwaves with Indie Shuffle, Happy, triple j, FBI and RTRFM amongst others all taking, and making, note.
Live, the band is an audio-visual journey into pop experimentalism. Never failing to impress they have supported the likes of The Holidays, Thief, NOBUNNY, The Hussy, Courtney Barnett, sold out headline shows and performed at the State Of The Art and RTRFM Winter Music Festival, all within mere months of existence. This is the ground floor of a mythical construction of endless possibility.