PREMIERE: Tropical Strength – Pile of Shit
Hailing from the Coal Coast town of Austinmer, Tropical Strength, have come up diamonds on new single Pile of Shit. Laundry Echo is stoked to today premiere, Pile of Shit, the lead single and accompanying film clip off the band’s upcoming debut album Zutti.
Sitting somewhere between shoegaze and psychedelia, Tropical Strength’s latest single Pile of Shit is an ethereal trip that soars on absurdity and grounds itself in indie sensibility. Amidst the continually compounding sounds of windchimes, tin whistles, reverb and tambourine sits a fundamentally solid indie folk song; chewed up, spat out and given new life by the two-piece. Constantly evolving, building and blowing out, Pile of Shit, is a perplexing and equally exciting taste of things to come from the duo.
A fittingly odd film clip sees frontperson, Al Foil¸ looking like a young Nick Cave singing to a selfie stick across Europe as increasingly absurd lofi psychedelic visualisations consume the screen. You may recognise Al from the South Coast’s finest exporters of experimental pop Shining Bird or Wollongong’s The Pinheads. Al taking his brother, knighting him Sir Dinsington, claiming the role of frontperson and forming Tropical Strength.
Asked of the meaning behind and construction of Pile of Shit, Al muses:
Pile of shit is dedicated to my own reflection. A message from me to me. Although nailing down a songs meaning is a silly thing to do. In all honesty the song was born out of blind frustration. I became very frustrated with trying to make something out of that beat and just sung out the first two lines and the chorus. I had no preconceived ideas or anything, it probably is a song to myself but then again, it's likely it came from the same place as dreams. This would mean it's full of metaphors and disguised symbolism. The song was born out of frustration.
Alongside today's premiere, Laundry Echo is stoked to announce the release of Zutti, Tropical Strength's debut album, out May 11 on Farmer & The Owl via Inertia Music. Pre-order your copy: https://fato.lnk.to/TS_ZtiPOPR