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Sydney four-piece FLOWERTRUCK are a powerhouse of emotions. Drawing influences from the likes of Talking Heads, The Smiths and The Go-Betweens, their modest melodies and honest songwriting is instantly catchy and moving.
“We’re like ashopping trolley with a wonky wheel” quips drummer, Will Blackburn.
Flowertruck announce first single “Enough for now” off their debut album ‘Mostly Sunny’.
“Enough for now” is a testament to being happy with what you have. Inspired by the panic inherent in reaching your mid-20’s and the embarrassing attempts at self-improvement that comes with it, Flowertruck laughs at themselves as lead singer Charles Rushforth recounts doing “push ups in my room” while watching his mental goalposts narrow and move. Recorded at The Grove & Free Energy Devices, the song captures the band’s unique ray of sunny optimism that comes after accepting hard truths. Enough for now is the first single off Flowertruck’s debut album through Spunk Records dropping on March 16th.
Flowertruck has a fairly typical origin story; four people make their own way to Sydney after high school and by chance become friends and start a band. What makes them so different to anything else in Australia is that they know this.
Maybe it was the band’s love for F. Scott Fitzgerald, or a shared existential terror that gave birth to songs like ‘I wanna be with you” (but sometimes I don’t want to), butFlowertruck are simultaneously optimistic about the future and dreading it.
Their first EP Dirt was lauded as a portrait of young life in Sydney, “Nailgun” is about coming home after traveling with no money to a frightening future, while ‘Sunshower’ is about the joys of walking between suburbs with no public transport.
In their debut album ‘Mostly Sunny’, Flowertruck’s sound has continued to experiment and develop in directions both toward and away from their previous material. Mostly Sunny plays with the same emotional extremes demonstrated in their EP, with greater sonic dimensions and maturity, gained from the confidence and musicianship accumulated from constant performances.
“It felt that somewhere in this process of recording I’d coughed up some of my sunny optimism and was forced to spit it out and look at it.” Says lead singer Charles Rushforth. “We recorded all of our parts live, we’d do these really intensive takes and I’d look over and someone would just say “Again” and we’d keep going until we found the right breaking point.” Recorded between The Grove on the Central Coast and Free Energy Devices in Camperdown, ‘Mostly Sunny’ roars with Hamish Dobinson’s artistic guitar playing matching the sweeping melodies of keyboard player Sarah Sykeson tracks like Rain. Stoic powerhouse and goofball Will Blackburn hits the drums as Rushforth rips alongside on bass guitar in Falling asleep, a song about passing out on the train.“Ever since I started writing and playing in Flowertruck, the effortlessness in which we were able to collaborate has filled me with an indescribable sense of joy” says Sykes.
The band’s love for each other has supported them through the trials of juggling full-time study with part time work. For a band all transitioning towards 23 and 24, life starts to get harder and stranger. But in that struggle comes an optimism. “I was reading lots of Phillip K dick and this Greek philosopher Heraclitus.” Says Rushforth. “Heraclitus said that “You cannot cross the same river twice”, it’s a different stream of water than the stuff you walked through when you were a kid. When I think about the album, I imagine us all trying to cross the cook’s river near Sarah’s old house, except instead of being low and calm, it’s raging like after a storm and up to our shoulders. We’re watching our reflections change in the water as old bits of us float off downstream and out of view, laughing at the perils of the crossing”
Mostly Sunny is out through Spunk Records on the 16th of March.
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“[Flowertruck] combine Australiana with post-punk/new-wave to produce a truly unique pop sound.” – The Music “It’s hooky, irresistible, ‘80s-tinged garage-pop-rock with simple, relatable lyrics that capture what it’s like to be young and in a band – or just young – in Sydney’s inner west” – Imogen Eveson, Broadsheet “Like a bruise turning technicolour, Flowertruck’s Dirt is a stunning example of […]