- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 8:45AM
Following the release of the last single, "Shuggah Doom", rammed to the gunnels nationwide shows and alternative radio chart-topping success, New Zealand’s indie sludge-pop rockers, Soaked Oats are back with new single "Driftworld".
In stark contrast to the melodic, meandering pace and life observing lyrics of "Shuggah Doom"; the instrumental "Driftworld" draws the listener in with its whirling cymbal punctuated swirl-scape. A sharp turn of pace whips into the metaphorical twisting and disordered guts of the 34 foot 1980’s R.V. that Soaked Oats called home for their 10 week, 20 thousand mile, D.I.Y U.S. tour.
Drummer, Conor Feehly reminisces, “It often took a couple tries to get "Driftworld" going. The sudden jolt of initial movement would send everything that wasn’t weighted down flying through the interior of the vehicle, and once moving a choir of rattles coming from unknown sources would start to sing. The first few days were characterised by popped tyres on multi-lane freeways, setting the journey back hours at a time. The need to get to the next gig/city was all that really maintained any semblance of purpose in "Driftworld"”.
Vocalist and lyricist, Oscar Mein fondly reflects, “Originally called ‘Driftwood’, the R.V. quickly became known as the "Driftworld" as whoever ended up on board - which reached its peak with 11 people for a couple weeks - lost all sorts of things including wallets, clothes, sense of time, direction, sleep, coherence, motivation, general wellbeing, all sorts. It slept 5 comfortably”.
"Driftworld" was recorded in Dunedin at the iconic Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers by Tom Bell and produced in Auckland at Paquin Studios (The Lab) by Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Miss June, Finn Andrews) and Soaked Oats. Accompanied by a music video shot and directed once again by Jake Munro (Avantdale Bowling Club, Marlin’s Dreaming, Yukon Era), who himself headed into "Driftworld" and shot the video as it happened in the U.S. in all its chaos and wonderland madness.