“For people who haven’t heard us before, I’d describe our sound as ‘really good’.”
Introducing Late November.
The Townsville six-piece, made up of past and present Pimlico students Alex Thomas, Kodie Redfern, Aden Rock, Sam Naborisi, Denzel “Patty” Carlos and Michael Morrison, initially formed for a school talent show in 2014 – but realising they had something special, kept playing together.
While the original line-up has undergone some of the usual changes, and despite starting with a catalogue of unique covers, Late November is building an impassioned following through the band’s own original music.
“We never covered songs anything like the original to begin with – we always played how we wanted to play, in our own way. We played songs not to copy them, but just because we wanted something to play and work with,” Aden said.
“I think in the back of our heads, we all had the same motivation to do our own thing: I always wanted to be an original band,” said Alex. “Once everyone else started getting on board with the writing, it just sort of naturally happened and we realised we could write our own stuff and that it could sound good. It was never a forced decision to be an original band – we played covers in our own way, then just progressed to making our own from scratch.”
Despite finding their sound and oozing confidence at live shows, recording songs still proved a big learning curve for the band, which is about to launch its debut EP.
“The recording process with Sam Wright at the Rec Room was so much fun but really came as a bit of a shock. We were juggling heaps of ideas for songs as we went in, so I wouldn’t say we were unprepared, but were making decisions about how we wanted songs to sound while we were in there already recording them,” Alex said.
“Sam (Wright) was super accommodating with the way he recorded and produced us – he just got us to play heaps of ideas and then we’d take all the best parts and put them together. It was a huge learning experience comparing how we played to how we wanted to sound. So Sam (Naborisi) learnt where he had to play drums a bit louder, and to get the guitar sound I want, I might have to use a different setup, and it was such a great experience.”
“It’s definitely helped us know how to be better prepared next time too,” Kodie said. “We’ll know what to expect and how to be ready for it, taking in things like reference tracks so the producer knows what we want it to sound like beforehand and will work with us to record it to sound like that.”
“Trying to perform it there to sound as energetic as a live show is another thing we had to work on,” said Aden. “When you’re in the studio you just don’t have the same energy as being in front of a loud crowd, so it can sound … flatter. If you want it to sound the same way it does live, you need to find a way to bring that energy up.”
The resulting EP Lost in the Debris will be launched this Friday night.
“We’re only just settling into the niche of what we want our sound to be, which is sort of that alt-indie-rock, and I really think you can hear that on the EP,” Kodie said.
“In some ways the EP is themed, just not in a genre sense. If you listen to it though, you find rebuilding and self-improvement tie a lot of the tracks together and is what pretty much all of them allude to or are about. So the EP isn’t so much about stylistic cohesiveness, but definitely all comes together with lyrical content.
“When we first started playing originals, we thought there’d be a decline in interest of our music, but audiences all still seemed just as keen which is amazing. Maybe we’re doing something right …. Or it’s just all our friends.”
The band also says their early success and support wouldn’t have been possible without support of local venues and event organisers.
“The community response to us has been awesome and humbling, especially from Sam Wright, Nicole Cross and Neighbourhood Sessions. Loona Lounge as well, who have unfortunately disbanded, were always really helpful for original local musicians starting out,” Alex said.
“TMPAS actually gave us our first gig, which was just Kodie and I. We played at the Herbert Hotel, then they got us to play at the Courthouse later. It was the first time we played an original; we played a reggae version of Lucy.”
Michael said it’s that inclusiveness – of fans, of the local music community and of the band itself – that is most appealing to him personally.
“The difference I’ve noticed between this and being in any other band is that I’m already fully included in everything – every single idea is shared with all of us, we all have a say, and I’m not treated any differently just because I might be a bit younger – although Alex accidentally told everyone in the pub the other night I was only 16.
“I’ve felt so welcome from day one – and obviously, we make incredible music: as soon as I heard the finished EP, I knew it was all I wanted to listen to.”
Late November are a group of the most passionate young guys you will ever meet, and the wealth of early experience shared between them – both musically and in general – is setting them up to be unstoppable.
Catch the launch of Late November’s debut EP this Friday, 7pm at a secret location revealed to ticket holders. RSVP here. To purchase the EP following its release, stay updated on Late November’s Facebook page.