To celebrate LISTEN’s new website we’re interviewing a bunch of local Australian artists to profile them on the site. Introducing Edith Lane:
How would you best describe your music?
Shoegaze/rock in the key of SadMinor7
How did your band / musical project start?
It started as a temporary project for a VCE media assignment in high school, then due to the support of friends who liked the music over a couple of years turned into a band.
Do you make music with a political focus? If so, what is your focus? If not, why not?
In the context of the lyrical content of the music, and how we present ourselves as a band, no there isn’t a political focus. In terms of relevant external collaborations with other artists(organising shows, commissioning artists etc) definitely yes. We don’t vocalise our politics in the music for two reasons, the first being that our style of writing utilises the cut-up technique (using existing material in a sort of audible collage) which makes it near impossible to create a fluid context in some songs. Secondly, speaking for myself, my experiences as a q-poc already exist within a political sphere, and writing music is escapism for me. The intention when writing is to invoke emotions and share them, and so when I’m writing it’s necessary to curate things in a way that allows for the jagged complexity of personal experiences to be presented properly. Although I’m q-poc I do have a lot of privileges, and to present my experiences with a focus on what privileges I don’t have, or didn’t have, I feel would embody those experiences as wholly political, and thus be dishonest and opportunistic of me. Externally there is a heavy focus on politics, particularly when commissioning artists to work with us. It’s incredibly important that the band is utilised in a positive way,so we’ll put our hands up to support certain fundraisers, commission other queer/poc/qpoc artists, and also do our best to minimise risk and increase accessibility at our shows(something I’m not great at but quickly learning to do). So, in a nutshell, Edith Lane does not write political music but would consider itself a political band.
What has been the biggest highlight as a band?
Well Emily and I (Victor) have been working with Jess at Loveshack Studio recording an album over the past 7 months or so, and that’s probably been one of the coolest experiences I’ve had in this band.
Who are your biggest influences musically right now?
Daft Punk, ESC and Edith Piaf are in heavy rotation at the moment.
Where can people find your music?
Our old EP is up on Bandcamp: edithlane.bandcamp.com
and there’s a few videos on YouTube too.