Western Australia’s very own The Deenys have dropped their debut EP 'Alford Way', exploring a wide variety of themes, from young love, having fun and being carefree, to mental health struggles, disillusionment, and escapism. In true form, 'Alford Way' expertly balances light and shade to create a record that’s got a whole lot of heart. Named for the street on which the band first formed and began creating music, this collection of songs is a true testament to The Deenys’ skills, both sonically and lyrically.
Speaking about the release, the band shared, “This EP is a mix of tunes we already have in our set and songs that we have either never played live before or only played once or twice. Being our debut EP we wanted to showcase how diverse our music can be.”
These UK and Irish expats have already been making quite the waves in the indie rock scene, with the EP's lead single ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ receiving airplay on triple j’s Home & Hosed, as well as having premiered on triple j Unearthed. One of their earlier tracks, ‘Life Goes On’, aired on ABC’s RAGE, and the band has shared stages with artists like RIDE, Old Mervs, and DICE.
Recorded across Sumo Sound Studios and Conor Lawson’s studio in Perth, Alford Way boasts production and mixing credits from Dylan Adams (DMA’s, Skegss, The Moving Stills) as well as being mastered by RIDE’s Mark Gardener.
The EP’s title track and opener, ‘Alford Way’, speaks to the sunnier side of the project; revelling in the joys of youth, spending time and creating memories with friends and loved ones. In contrast, other tracks like lead single ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ and closing track ‘Vision Of Heaven’ highlight The Deenys’ ability to show great personal and emotional depth in their music, delving into themes of social and political hardship, as well as personal struggles with mental health.
The band continued, “We all wanted to record this EP with Dylan Adams (DMA’s, Skegss, The Moving Stills). His way of thinking in the studio and production style complements our music so well. And once again, he absolutely aced it.”
“We got Mark Gardner from RIDE to master the tracks for us. When we supported them at Freo Social, we got chatting with them all and watched the World Cup over a few beers. Mark gave us his email and said if we were ever in the UK to get in touch. He said he would be keen to record with us or master our tracks - who wouldn’t take him up on that offer?”
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