Having ripped up and down the coastline of Western Australia with previous singles ‘Disarray’ & ‘Die To Heal’, Perth alt-rock & skate influenced hitters LATE 90s have managed to squeeze time at home and in the studio to construct their next emotively-driven & guitar forward track ‘Rust’.
This time, pulling in the voice and talent of AJ from rising indie-rockers Spici Water, combining friendship and songwriting nouse to add her own edge to the track. Sitting under three minutes, ‘Rust’ instantaneously captures listeners, pulled in by the sonic wall of guitars & the frantic rhythm section. With AJ’s powerful voice combining with Stephen Loreck’s in the pre-chorus, the track builds to a powerful crescendo, the two prolific songwriters & vocalists combining for a cathartic & resolving chorus.
‘Rust’ acts as an exercise in letting go. Despite trying to see the best in someone and attempting to make it work, it’s sometimes best to move on without them, or risk the situation consuming your thoughts. The band teamed up again with longtime friend & producer Matthew Templeman (Sly Withers, Birds of Tokyo) working out of his Perth studio & sharpening the blade on the track that would become ‘Rust’. The presence of AJ from Spici Water helped to lighten the mood, spin some “bad” dad jokes and grow the burgeoning friendship between the two bands.
“Rust is about trying to let something go that you thought was meant to be and how we tend to see the best in people and force things to happen. This song is kind of about regretting giving your time to something that wasn’t worth it and letting it consume your thoughts.”
Zaac Morgan, LATE 90s
“We play gigs with Late 90’s all the time so when they asked me to sing on a track for them I could not retain my excitement and immediately said yes! This song was so much fun to collaborate on, the boys are so great to work with and really hype each other up in the studio, this collaboration also gave us a great opportunity to expand our genres as a band from indie rock/pop to emo and show our versatility; as a former emo myself, this song is an absolute tune that my younger self would be fangirling about.”
AJ, Spici Water
Acting as one of the first opportunities for LATE 90s to perform the track live, they’ll be launching the track at an intimate release show at Amplifier Bar on Saturday, August 13th. Joining them will not only be AJ from Spici Water to perform the song, but support bands Ber Ber Bern, Rapid & Dear Sunday kicking off the night of stellar live music.
Having previously grabbed airplay on national broadcaster triple j’s ‘Short.Fast.Loud’ program, LATE 90s have found themselves thrust into the limelight as one of Australia’s premiere, emerging alt-rock acts. Strong support from triple j Unearthed has followed, alongside national coverage across 2SER, 4ZZZ, SYN, Radio Adelaide, RTR FM, Coast FM, MTV Australia & more. The band have harnessed their renowned energetic live show to also share stages with Gyroscope, Between You & Me, Old Mervs, DICE and a multitude of other national artists. These accolades have found the band growing a rapidly emerging fanbase across Western Australia, with a slew of headline shows this year reaching Fremantle, Bubury, Margaret River & Perth.
“Getting AJ from Spici Water involved in this song really added that extra layer we were looking for to make the song stand out. Time in the studio with AJ working on Rust was the most fun we’ve had making a song and AJ’s incredibly good vocal takes and incredibly bad dad jokes made for such a good experience start to finish. In terms of music it was a great fit that really complimented our style and outside of music it has created a really sick friendship.”
Elliot Lee, LATE 90s
With ‘Rust’ now under the belt & their name on the tongues of alt-rock fans across Western Australia, it won’t be long before LATE 90s crack it over east, no doubt bringing the high-energy, frantic & frenzied live performances that they’ve become renowned for, with them.
Sat August 13th Amplifier Bar Perth
With special guests: Star Arcana, Rapid & Ber Ber Bernn