Watch our full interview with The Nagging Doubts!
Earlier this month, MILKY had the pleasure of premiering The Nagging Doubts new single, A Shot In The Dark. On release day, we sat down with the band before they hit the stage at The Vanguard in Newtown to chat about the new track, how they arrived at their post-punk and shoe-gaze sound, working with Wayne Connolly and more!
The band formed during high school, releasing their first EP, Deug Lane, during their final year of schooling. Since then, the band has seen the addition of bassist Ruby King and lead guitarist Eden Neilson. With new collaborators, the bands growth is evident on A Shot In The Dark, exhibiting a more mature sound through their experimentation with effects and instrumentation.
On A Shot In The Dark, the band navigate the difficult terrain of finding your feet in adulthood, drawing influence from alternative sonic sounds of the past, ranging from post-punk to shoe-gaze with moments of indie-pop sounds. Lead singer Joe Wilks gives an entrancing vocal performance with bassist Ruby King’s back vocals adding to the mesmerising melodies on the track. The honest and conversational lyrics draw the listener in whilst feeding them with breezy melodies and harmonies. Of the track, Wilks says the inspiration for the song came from the band rediscovering their hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic and focusing inwards.
A Shot In The Dark marks the bands first release under their new label Scenic Drive. The new label was founded by award-winning producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am I, Cloud Control, Babe Rainbow). Since their signing, Connolly has been guiding the band as they begin to experiment with newer sounds. The band say they feel grateful to be the first signing to Connolly’s latest venture.
Their upcoming EP is set to continue their exploration into post-punk and shoe-gaze, with a particular focus on their enhanced songwriting abilities. Drawing from each individual members own influences, the band arrive at their own unique sound within the current musical Australian landscape.
Watch our interview with The Nagging Doubts above! A Shot In The Dark is out now.
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