Melbourne Based Band Good Morning Releases New LP “Barnyard”

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Independent rock group based in Melbourne, Australia Hello released his latest LP, farmyard, Friday (October 22). The album, which delves into stylized guitars and soft, sticky vocals, is a hit. It’s the kind of album you can put in your car and roll along the Ribbon Highway contemplating your little place in this giant universe.

We caught up with the group, which is made up of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons, to ask questions about the new album, what the duo’s chemistry is based on and why music is still an integral part of their life and friendship.

American songwriter: When did you first discover music?

Liam Parsons: As a child, I was drawn to the CD rack in our house. I loved the covers and liner notes and how everyone seemed to make the adults have a different conversation. That, being in pubs and seeing jukeboxes.

AS: What made you want to invest in music and writing and what was it like at first?

LP: My mother gave me piano lessons early on because I seemed very interested in music. Can’t say I loved having them but I’m glad I did. I started playing drums a little later and formed a band with my friends when we were all about 11 years old. It’s obviously very simplistic, but I think when you realize that there are really only a few chords and that’s right where you put them, that writing songs becomes super achievable and accessible for you.

AS: How did Good Morning come together, what did you see of the chemistry that made you feel the project could work?

LP: We met in high school and had similar musical tastes and a similar sense of humor. It really is. A sense of humor is probably even more important than a taste for music. We just loved spending time together, and if you enjoy spending time and writing songs, it’s pretty natural to start sharing them with each other.

AS: I don’t normally ask this question, but how did you end up on your name? It’s impeccably bright!

LP: We had completed our first EP and needed a name to release it. It’s that simple. Back then, we wanted something that was going to be difficult for people at Google. I don’t know why it was a requirement, but I’m proud of us for it.

AS: What was the genesis of the band’s new album, your sixth?

LP: We had worked with our live band on our last two albums. One was very regulated and the programming stayed as it was in a live show, and the other was very loose and everyone was moving around the instruments. We did this because we were tired of recording as a duo, but then we wanted to start recording as a duo again. We started doing demos together every week and building a song bank, so when we got into the studio to record, we started releasing them and seeing what worked together.

LIKE: How did you think about the guitar, in particular, on the new album?

LP: Throughout our history, including this record, we’ve always tried to find ways to make the guitar bend to us, whether it’s chords or textures. Guitar can really limit you, especially if you don’t have amazing technical skills like we do. I kind of have a feeling that this record could be the end of the road for guitar with us for a little while. I’m interested in how it can blend in with other things like another texture, but less and less like strumming a little song so to speak. The tour of this album will be interesting because it will bring us back to this world.

AS: How do you feel now that it’s out and what could be on the horizon?

LP: I guess for us it’s been complete for so long that we’ve already made our peace with it and put it to bed. We did it right before the pandemic, so we had plenty of time to let it in. We just want to go on a tour and keep working on the next thing.

AS: What do you like most about music?

LP: Either when it makes me completely disconnect from life, or when it makes me focus on the excruciating details of life.


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