Interview: Getting to know Oslow

Sydney post-punk up-and-comers Oslow drop their debut album this week. We asked them to tell us about themselves:

We are… Oslow, a four-piece band from Sydney. We’ve been playing as Oslow for five years now, but we’ve been playing together since we were young pups at high school. In that time we’ve released two EPs and a double A-side, and played lots of shows in record stores and broke only one floor at a house show. We’re just about to put out our debut album, and we seriously couldn’t be any more excited.

Cold Dark Space is… one of the last songs we wrote for the record. It came together really quickly on a super hot January day last year at Dylan and Jacob’s house (aka Los Croydos). It has ended up being one of our favourite songs on the record and it’s pretty up-beat and straight-up. When we recorded it for the album, the producer Dylan Adams made a couple great suggestions to add a 70’s Juno Synth line and acoustic guitar to the track, which are two things we haven’t really done before, and we’re glad we got to.

Our debut album is… a collection of songs we spent the past two years writing in a time we really changed and grew as people. We worked harder on these songs than anything we have done before so we hope it reflects that.

Home is… Sydney. The greatest city in the world. Half of us live in the inner-western suburbs of Sydney in Croydon. The other half of the band live further out west closer to where we all grew up, in a small suburb called Winston Hills which is pretty close to Parramatta but really not much else. In that sense we feel pretty at home on the M4 because we spend so much time on that road driving to each others’ places. The Sydney DIY scene has become home to us too, surrounded by incredibly kind and talented hard-working people. With venues such as Beatdisc Records, and Black Wire being amazing contributors to this scene; as well as places we owe a great deal to.

We spend too much time… playing FIFA, talking shit, and cooking lunch instead of practicing.

It might surprise people to learn that… we used to play in an awful post-hardcore band together; complete with multiple shitty breakdowns per song. The name of the band is even worse, and I’m literally too embarrassed to name it here because the MySpace page still exists with songs on it.

In the future… we hope to play as many shows and tour as often as we can in Australia, and if the opportunity arises to get overseas. Also, we really want to keep writing and making music together.

Keep  up to date with Oslow on Facebook. Deets of the Beatdisc show are here and the Newtown Social Club show are here.

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Interview by Bobby Townsend.