Having transformed their sound to draw influence from their namesakes, Late 90s today emerge with a dark and brooding music video, to accompany the band’s latest single ‘Disarray’. Inspired by Batman’s Gotham City, the film sees the Perth four-piece perform amongst a dilapidated cityscape, whilst the protagonist dances throughout. Inspired and energized by fuzzy, downtuned riffs as well as Stephen Loreck’s sheeny vocals, she twists and turns through decayed buildings, emanating disconnect from the world.
Working with talented Western Australian director Charmaine Murray (End of Fashion, Shangrila, FLOSSY), the band utilized familiar locations across Perth; Leederville Station, Mount Hawthorn skatepark and UWA tunnel, to take viewers on a mesmerizing journey, following the footsteps of performer Tahlia. The clip pays homage to Todd Philips ‘Joker’, with audiences expected to feel in disarray themselves on completion.
Drawing parallels with emerging grunge and alternative-rock acts that were breaking across radio in the 90’s, Late 90s also share influences inspired by modern acts Violent Soho, Tired Lion & Dear Seattle. Their selection of producer Matthew Templeman (Sly Withers, Onslow, Ratking) landed the Perth engineer as the perfect creative director for the release. Templeman was able to guide the band from an initial riff, to completion within the single-day session. Similarly, WA stalwart Simon Struthers (Karnivool, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Sly Withers) provided a final master to contain the multitude of reverb and layers.
“Our producer Matt Templeman came to us with an opportunity to record for a day at Black Bird Studio when a spot was freed up. At the time I had been wanting to write something heavier, straight to the point and simple. Temp came in for a session and I played him the intro riff I had written and he loved it. It was an easy one to write as a band. I especially love the bassline and drums throughout the verses and Steve’s vocals in the chorus. We took inspirations from Alice In Chains and Silverchair and wanted to have a song that we could jump around to while playing” explained Zaac Morganof the band.
In celebration of ‘Disarray’, Late 90s will be hitting the road across Western Australia, playing their debut shows outside of Perth - completing the tour with a hometown headliner at Convenients in Northbridge. Late 90s thrive in a live setting. The band’s spirit and passion shines through brighter than ever when on stage performing, with the opportunity to share their music with the broader Southwest providing the four-piece a chance to grow an already eager fanbase.
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