WA act Camarano have mesmerised fans with genre-bending sounds since their debut single "Ashes" in 2017. Having released their EP Shadow Calling in 2019, Camarano returned with their first new music this year with the release of "Holiday Inn" which was added to Spotify's Indie Arrivals playlist. The band now release "Give It To Me Straight", the punchy second single from their forthcoming album due in early 2021.
Lead singer Mat Cammarano explains that the new track "Is a song about communication (or lack thereof) and the growing frustration that comes from having to read between the lines. It is the most raw and revealing song on the album and (ironically) proved to be the most challenging to get over the finish line. The song went through several iterations and the final version has elements from four separate sessions. Eventually I stumbled on a combination of elements that truly supported the immediacy underpinning the songs sentiment. The very act of putting it out into the world is both exciting and scary."
The band's sounds are influenced by the likes of The War on Drugs and The Shins, both of which are resembled in the forthcoming album. Before embarking on the project, lead singer Matt Cammarano was a multi-instrumentalist who has played sideman on guitar, bass and keys for acts including The Money War, Michael Savage, The Peppermint Club, Nicky Sandover and Bri Clark. Building on from "Holiday Inn", the new single is sure to get fans excited for what is sure to be a huge year for Camarano in 2021.
Question: How would you describe your music?
Camarano: Lyric focussed, imperfect, colourful, DIY.
Question: What inspired Give It To Me Straight?
Camarano: It's a song about communication (or lack thereof) and the growing frustration that comes from having to read between the lines.
Question: Can you tell us about your upcoming album?
Camarano: I've released two EP's in the past, this being my first attempt at a full length album. I went through the inevitable days of despair and doubt but pushed through and made something I'm proud of. I recorded and produced it during lockdown in my home studio which proved to be the grounding experience I needed.
Question: Is there a particular message you hope listeners take from your music?
Camarano: The underlying theme of the album is acceptance for everything you are and everything you lack. Leaning into your strengths and shortcomings.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Camarano: Recording is my bread and butter but I love the surrender that comes with a playing live.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Camarano: Shadow Calling, towards the end of the song we go into this noisy/nasty/loud section where anything goes.
Question: What was your first performance?
Camarano: My cousins wedding, I would have been late teens. I remember feeling supreme confidence until the moment I had to get up there.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
Camarano: Stumbling upon something fresh, something I am yet to explore. It could be a particularly sentiment, a chord progression or a patch on a synth.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Camarano: Deep Sea Diver, Husky, Andy Shauf, Blake Mills.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Camarano: At the minute it would have to be Jessica Dobson (Deep Sea Diver)
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Camarano: Getting the balance right between dream land (where songs live) and reality.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Camarano: Sharing special moments with friends.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Camarano: Wake up, walk the dog, work on music, teach music, chill, work on music round 2, hit the hay.
Question: What's next, for you?
Camarano: Album release early next year.
Question: Can you share your socials? (links please)
Interview by Gwen van Montfort