I was recently completing an online job application that asked me to “provide a strong belief that you have, which people you know don’t share.” I thought it was pretty random and struggled with it, but one such belief I have is that heavy, angry, angsty music is the best kind of music.
When we spoke to angsty Australian rockers Furlong they gave us a bit of insight into feedback they’d had from other – clearly inferior – blogs about their sound. This included opinions that hilariously, we thought, described them as “passionate, propulsive, dark, engaging… yet too mainstream.” And this, just in case you were questioning why the random intro, just goes to prove that my music taste is a bit different to other people. Because I think that Furlong are excellent, and that all those other blogs are wrong.
The Melbourne band sent us latest track Eloquently to get a feel for their sound. It opens low guitars under frontwoman Andrea’s engaging vocals “It can move slowly taking me under calling my name, I thought of you highly now I feel violent I don’t feel the same, Knowing your movements, keeping it fragrant, believe it’s true, I’m losing all logic, push ’til it’s toxic, running from you.”
That bursts into bigger “Oh oh” cries, then drops into a second, slightly more lively second verse, and builds into a big singalong chorus of “I’m taking hits now, There’s nothing colder than me, And I don’t get how, Just put it eloquently.” A big stabbing bassline follows and feeds into another light verse, then a funky little darting bassline builds up to a chorus. The instrumentals drop out bar a repeating bassline under increasingly intense vocals, then a big hit of guitar chords under repeats of “I’ll take mine” and a rocky last chorus. Too mainstream this is not – give it a listen below:
The song is a follow-up to debut single Tell Me It’s Mutual, which also starts lightly then dives into a big catchy chorus. It builds up in rockiness, with a cool little guitar solo diving into a last blast of the engaging chorus. Check it out in the video below:
We had a chat with Andrea to find out more and get the lowdown on some of our rivals’ terrible tastes in music. Give the interview a read below…
GR: Who are Furlong? And where are you from? What’s the backstory, how did you get together?
Andrea: “Furlong are JJ on bass, Raff on drums and Tim on guitar and myself on vocals/guitar. We come from all over. I come from a tiny rural town in New Zealand, JJ is from Birmingham in the UK, Raff is from Port Macquarie in NSW, Australia, and Tim is a born and bred Melbourne local. We found each other in a hopeless place – Facebook. Which is funny considering we’re all pretty average at the whole social media thing.”
GR: You just released Eloquently. What should people be expecting from the song?
Andrea: “Expect a gentle start and a heavy finish. It definitely builds. It’s in the alternative rock vein and I’m not going to claim we reinvented the wheel – it’s a method that works so why change it? Catchy bass lines, crunchy guitars, heavy-hitting drums and chuck in some angsty floaty vocals. It’s all we need.”
“Being pissed off and angry inspired this one, which is a common theme in most our songs. A friend talked me through a tough time she was having with some guy who was stringing her along, a similar story myself and many others have had. Being into someone who isn’t into you as much, but they keep you around to stroke their ego, that old chestnut. And of course, you are too damn fragile to just walk away. It’s funny/not funny how many times I’ve explained what the song is about and people have been able to relate a little too much.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
“I’ve never been great at describing our sound – what I think it sounds like might be completely different to what someone else can take from it. So, here’s some feedback we received from blogs who declined writing about our track – they might be able to describe it a bit better.
‘Powerful, passionate and fiery indie-rock anthem. It burns with an intensity and raw energy as riffs sear above meaty bass and guitar, and drums pound a way forward. It is powerfully passionate and rocking but there is just too much of mainstream radio vibe to it.
‘Thank you for sending this over. This song is really propulsive and continuously engaging with just hint of darkness that we really like. But, it was just ever-so-slightly on the aggressive side for what we post.
‘The attitude and energy leads to a confident sound that works very well, but overall it leans into a more radio-ready side of rock for us.’
“To sum it up – alternative indie rock that’s aggressive and mainstream radio ready! Not for everyone obviously.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Andrea: “Being pissed off is generally a good motivator for me to write and is the common lyrical topic throughout all our songs. We’ve tried writing a few less angsty songs and they don’t really suit us or the setlist. When we write – it’s heavy, it’s loud, it’s angry and angsty. Talking about being happy and content doesn’t really fit in.”
Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
Andrea: “You’d need a whole other interview to talk about our influences. There’s far too many to list. But if I had to pick one I’d say Garbage.”
What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
GR: “Our new single Eloquently is coming out 19 September and we’re chasing that up with a gig at the iconic Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda. When we recorded Eloquently at the beginning of the year we smashed through three other songs at the same time. So once we’ve gone through the Eloquently lifecycle we’ll start on the next tune. And then either another single or an EP depending where we’re at at that point. But this will be the first of many things to come out from us.”
Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
“It’s loud and punchy recorded and louder and punchier live so if you’re in the area come and see one of our shows! We’re also big on beer drinking so never a better way to say hello than come have a beer with us. Cheers!”