ASIAN ENVY, an electronic dance duo made up of Melburnian musicians Steven Edwards & Ross Larkin, are on the verge of stardom in the Australian music scene. Their modern pop infused synth pop stylings are a trademark and in the eve of the release of their new album EVERYONE [EXCEPT YOU] Aza hunted, stalked, stole a cat, sold it on eBay, bought a puppy, rocked a roof and banged down a few doors to catch up with the band and have a quick chinwag about all things EVERYONE [EXCEPT YOU]
Aza: What’s the inspiration behind the title of the album?
Ross: There’s a song of the same name on the album, which is about spite and feeling misunderstood. It’s based on a real situation, and triggered the idea of a concept album. so it was chosen as the overall title.
Aza: In what way is it a concept album?
Ross: The tracks are all linked by a single narrative and recurring characters. When pieced together they tell a story.
Steve: We’re currently in the production stages of filming avideo for every track, which while they can be enjoyed on their own, will also be pieces of a much bigger story arc and end up being basically a feature length music video.
Aza: How does it differ from your first album?
Steve: The tracks are quite a lot darker and more orchestral, whilst keeping some great electro elements at the forefront.
Ross: It’s darker, edgier, dancier, sexier and a lot more layered. It was also extremely difficult to make both technically and emotionally. We agonised over every tiny detail. I’m amazed we finished it at all.
Aza: What was the writing process like?
Ross: Confronting but cathartic. The initial demos were laid down very quickly, and we knew something exciting was brewing. With the exception of the first single – for me, at least; writing and expressing the content of the lyrics was a release I desperately needed, although confronting such heavy issues doesn’t come easy.
Steve: We both had our separate ideas and came together to fit them together or write missing pieces. It was amazing how much stuff just worked – Ross’ lyrics/melody fitting perfectly with synth vibes I’d been working on.
Aza: How much truth is there in your lyrics?
Ross: 100% absolute truth at all times.
Steve: That’s a hard one which Ross can probably answer better. But I think it’s all truth on some level though it may be an exaggerated truth or perhaps a metaphor. For instance one line in the title track is “then you died”, but it’s clear from the rest of the track that that’s not actually the case.
Aza: Who are your musical influences?
Steve: We wanted to push into more of a soundtrack vibe so we certainly drew inspiration from films, such as The Fifth Element, Gladiator and lots of Hitchcock. But I certainly get inspired everywhere from 80s power ballads to progressive trance.
Ross: The list is long. I’m loving M83 right now, plus Washed Out, Brandon Flowers, Beach House, FM Belfast, She Wants Revenge, Paper Route, Mesh, Metromony, Tycho, Miike Snow and most of the obvious 80’s comparisons.
Aza: What can people expect from your live shows?
Ross: Energy. It’s visual almost as much as it is audible.
Steve: We’ve got an awesome band formed and we’re doing thing a bit differently.
ASIAN ENVY: EVERYONE [EXCEPT YOU] ALBUM LAUNCH is happening in Melbourne on Thursday June 6, 2013 featuring special guest DJ Dan Wilson and you can nab tickets and get all the info here
You can check out the first single ALL THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS & BOYS (featuring KENDREW) here
EVERYONE [EXCEPT YOU] by ASIAN ENVY releases in JUNE 2013