Prepare to bliss out and bop to your new favourite unassuming dream pop duo, EGOISM. The lead single from their upcoming 2nd EP is called "Sorry" and it's here to sedate you into sweet reverb euphoria.
The genesis of Egoism began on a High School bus that the Sydney-based duo caught to school together. They soon discovered their shared love of music and certain philosophies tied to it. It was these regular morning musings that became the catalyst for Scout Eastment (vocals/guitar) and Olive Rush (vocals/guitar) to start creating something together.
The duo were soon learning how to write songs and make music. They were constantly running melodies and lyrics past each other, hoping their songs could one day be played live to people that wouldn't hate it.
It was during 2015 (while the pair were still in High School) that Scout and Olive assembled their band. They played any warehouse, shop front, or house party they could sneak their friends into. If you hung around the Marrickville area perhaps you were there? During this time they were also steadily dropping home-recorded singles online.
In 2016 the band were finally old enough to join the local band scene. They're touring efforts earned them support slots for bands such as Flyying Colours, Stonefield and Deafcult.
In 2017 Egoism released their first EP "It's Wearing Off".
Sorry is the band's first single from their yet to be titled upcoming second EP.
Sorry was recorded at the home studio of lo-fi wizard, Miles Devine AKA Raindrop. The session brought together a mix of old analog recording gear with a modern electronic twist.
Sorry Tour Dates
Sharing the stage with Sketch Jets
September 29th @ Hamilton Station Hotel - Newcastle, NSW. With NTL Landmarks
October 6th @ WAYWARDS - Newtown, Sydney, NSW. With Stream Lea.
October 11th @ RAD BAR – Wollongong, NSW. With Space Boys, Scab Baby
October 12th @ TRANSIT BAR - Canberra, ACT. With Elk Locker, Lost Coast, Hopeless Youth Group.
October 13th @ YARRA HOTE – Melbourne, VIC. With Endamame, The New Dregs
Question: How would you describe your music?
Scout Eastment: Dream pop, with a lot of shoegaze, emo, folk, and pop punk influence (laughs).
Question: What inspired the song, Sorry?
Scout Eastment: I had an argument where I ended up apologising even though it wasn't my fault. I realised how much I have been conditioned to do that as a woman. So the song is a bit of an f you to all the people who've screwed me over.
Question: What can we expect from the upcoming EP?
Scout Eastment: Pretty much the same sound as Sorry. A couple slower and sadder songs so hopefully that's what you're looking for.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Scout Eastment: Probably Reason, a song from our last EP. It's the only song we've performed at every show we've ever played. It's also probably our heaviest song, and we love playing it at the end because it has a lot of energy.
Question: What should we expect from the upcoming tour dates?
Scout Eastment: We're going with our friends from Sketch jets so there will be lots of Shoegazey emo-feels. We're also hiring a van to drive around so expect dark circles under our eyes and raw feelings on stage.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
Scout Eastment: Someone crazy rich who instantly falls in love with the band and gives us a bunch of money to record and tour more!
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Scout Eastment: I got a new computer this year and I've really been loving recording my own demos again. But I prefer playing live, there's a definite end and it's much harder to listen back and critique what I've just done! Plus, I only have to sing the song once.
Question: What is the story behind the name, Egoism?
Scout Eastment: I did two weeks of a psych degree and everyone liked my suggestion of the name Ego. Then a year later we got sent a cease and desist from a DJ of the same name, so Egoism was born.
Question: How did the band come together?
Scout Eastment: Well Olive and I started a ukulele ensemble in high school and eventually no one else showed up. Then years later we got a drummer and then we were a band.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
Scout Eastment: Sometimes it's to work on a new melody I have stuck in my head, or to find something that works with a new idea I'm excited about. But often I'm just procrastinating University work.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Scout Eastment: I've been really enjoying the song, I Can't See You Anymore from the Brisbane band Sweater Curse, and I've also getting into Andy Shauf and No Joy.
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Scout Eastment: I've always loved playing music, and I've been in this band since high school, so progressing the band has been the major drive.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Scout Eastment: I can get pretty intimidated by working other musicians, so I think I'd probably want to collaborate with someone young and maybe another female musician. I really want to learn how to use synthesizers from someone who knows how to get the sounds I like, so at the moment it would be Amber Bain (The Japanese House).
Interview by Brooke Hunter