Melbourne alt-country outfit The Stillsons are amped to tour the east coast of Australia with their newly released album, ‘Never Go Your Way’.
Applewood Lane Studios was the home among the gumtrees for The Stillsons as they recorded their new record while in the middle of their 'No Distractions' tour. Cat Canteri, the band’s drummer and vocalist, explains the situation:
"We already had an album’s worth of material while we were touring off the back of our last record ['Earnest'] … When you're on tour, I think the whole band gels and everyone works together, and you're all away for a purpose — which is to play music — so everyone is very focussed and we really wanted to harness that energy and that focus that we all had on the road, when we recorded.
"Also having the recording session in the middle of the tour was excellent too because you had all these gigs right before you went into the studio [so] everyone was already really, really prepared for the studio. But then you have the live aspect as well because you're coming off the back of doing shows, which always changes the energy in the studio."
Recording at Applewood Lane in Fernvale (60kms west of Brisbane) also provided a spark to record the album.
“It's very easy, when you're recording in your home town,” muses Cat. “Like travelling from your house to the studio in the morning can be a pain in the arse… like having to drive through traffic and you always have bits of things to do like paying a bill or paying rent, or doing some shopping or whatever … So we really liked the idea of being isolated or out in unusual surroundings.”
The release of 'Never Go Your Way' (which Cat describes as "broad, lush and fat") has been highly anticipated.
"We're really stoked … we have had a really positive response from our fans who pre-ordered the album … we're also really happy with how it sounds. We're really looking forward to [playing] The Joynt and The Powerhouse. It will be great."
The Stillsons play Solbar Sept 26, The Soundlounge Sept 27, The Joynt Sept 28, The Powerhouse Sept 29 and The Beach Hotel Oct 3. 'Never Go Your Way' Is Out Now.