Sydneysidin' indie pop trio GLADES has just plated up one of our favourite pop bangers of the year, Eyes Wide Shut, and it's not their first either.
Since they got our attentions with singles like Do Right and Not About You, we've had a close eye on the band and their undeniable knack at writing a shining pop gem.
But to really understand what they're about, we sat the band down - Karina Wykes, Cameron Robertson and Joseph Wenceslao - and picked their brain about their inspirations, what they do in their spare time, and their new album To Love You coming up on the horizon for them.
How does the band all know each other and how did the band come together?
We all met in high school - Cam and Joey were in the same grade and Karina was in the grade below. Two years out of high school Cam and Joey started producing for other people and wanted to start their own project. We knew Karina was a great singer so Cam asked her one day and here we are! We wrote our first song maybe a week later... and that was Falling Away.
What do you find inspires the band the most when it comes to writing music – is it shared experiences you’ve had, personal memories/experiences, other artists’ music?
We’re always listening for interesting words or song ideas - inspiration comes from everywhere! Listening to music, overhearing bits of conversation, Grey’s Anatomy... and inevitably, everything gets filtered through our own personal experiences.
How would you describe yourselves and your music to someone who had never heard it before?
We’re an alternative pop trio. We love good pop music. Big beats & synths with lots of guitars.
What has been your musical career highlight so far?
Our song Do Right went Gold independently in Australia which is definitely a highlight!
Name five artists/bands that inspire you that we would be surprised by.
We all like a pretty wide mix of things - anyone from Sza, John Mayer, Charlie Puth and Frank Ocean. There’s an '80s throwback-ish band called The Night Game that I’ve been so obsessed with lately.
What hobbies/passions do you make time for when you’re not caught up with making music?
Joey loves sneakers, Cam loves cooking and Karina loves Netflix. #selflove
What album has been super influential in your life?
Lorde’s Pure Heroine, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange and John Mayer’s Continuum.
Who have you been starstruck by and what happened?
We were at a party in New York one time and midway through Tove Lo walked in with Flume and Charli XCX. We didn’t talk, but it was just a cool moment haha!
Which song on your new album are you most proud of and excited for us to hear and why?
We have a song called Neon Buzz which we love because it’s super simple but we feel captures the electricity of a new love.
GLADES' new song, Eyes Wide Shut, is out now and you can pre-order their new album, To Love You, right here ahead of its release on November 2nd.