An Interview with The World Is Not Round

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A wonderfully unique band with a passion for twisting their style and influences into a captivating take on 2000s indie music, The World Is Not Round have just released their latest seminal album, ‘Speechless’. A sonic journey that weaves emotive vocals reminiscent of cult favourites American Football with a blend of mid-western emo, synth-wave, and alternative rock, the album is a nostalgic yet refreshing collection that reinvents memories and solidifies the band as one of the hottest emerging acts in Sydney.

To help celebrate the release of ‘Speechless’, and to learn a bit more about the band and what inspires them, we were lucky enough to sit down and chat with them.

It's so great to speak with you today, thank you for taking the time to drop by. Let’s take it right back - when did you first start making music?

“This project started way back in 2013 during our uni days. We were just four guys writing songs at our uni’s football field and named our band randomly (we’re not flat-earthers). Fast forward to 2024, we’ve already released three full-length albums and one EP. Fun times.”

What influences have inspired your sound the most?

“The band’s sound really draws out a blend of influences. We really loved taking inspiration from the new wave music of the 80s, down to the early 2000s Drive-Thru records pop punk era. We listen to a lot of different genres!”

Is there a constant meaning or message behind your music?

“Angst, solitude and growth. I guess those are the three primary themes of our music. A lot of people say our songs sound too happy, but if you really take a deep dive behind the music, the words would say otherwise.”

We've been really enjoying your latest album, and how your sound has progressed. How would you describe the sound behind it?

“Our latest album ‘Speechless’ is a complete amalgamation of math rock, indie rock, and synth-pop. We couldn’t put any better words to describe it, but the whole album is an emotional rollercoaster from the beginning up to the end. Give it a listen and let us know your thoughts!”

Let's focus on the album, can you tell us a bit more about it?

“We’re proud of our latest release, ‘Speechless’. The tracks in the album feature a lot of songs about growth, catharsis, as well as unresolved emotions. If you wanna listen to our top five bangers, we’re recommending these tracks from our album: ‘Shibuya Incident’, ‘Crispy Fried Chicken’, ‘Fabricator’, ‘Impending Doom’ and ‘Things I Can’t Change’.”

What is your songwriting process, and what is the most important thing when you're bringing a song to life?

“Emotion and energy. We believe that these two things are the very essential aspects of a song that connects to both us and the listener. If we can convey those two things in a minimalistic way, then the song’s a success in our books.”

What’s next for you as an artist?

“Touring! We would love our music to reach out across Australia and across the globe as well! We’re excited to write new music as well.”

A few final questions before you go, What advice would you give to new artists?

“Write good songs, work on your band dynamics, establish good relationships with booking agents, and AR people.”

What has been your best moment as a musician/band so far?

“Getting people to sing along to your songs and playing at a packed Roundhouse show last July 2023!”

What do you like most about playing music?

“The joys of expressing yourself in ways you can never imagine! Stream our album, ‘Speechless’!”

With years of experience writing music together, The World Is Not Round found their own definition of indie music; mixing elements of rock, mid-western emo, synth-wave, and pop to blend a distinct kind of sound that elevates and soars through among the common taste. Formed in 2013, the band got its name randomly on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Chase’s basement. Although they stood by the band’s weird name over the years, they never claimed they were flat-earthers nor have any connection of the sort.

Since then, the band has released one EP album in 2014 namely, ‘Random Electric’ EP, and two full-length albums, ‘Alpha Rhythm’ in 2016, and ‘Oblatespheroid’ in 2018. These releases were received positively at their hometown in the Philippines, and in Sydney, Australia as well. Their live performances were also labelled and praised as “catches you off guard” and “something really unique that hits the spot”.

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