[Interview] Sans Parents Chat Influences and New EP, ‘Dead End’

Australian indie-rock quartet, Sans Parents, were one of the first bands we featured here on The Daily Listening during the week of our launch. Since then, the band has dazzled us with a slew of new material to satisfy our craving but nothing beats the news of a brand new EP! The band will be releasing Dead End on August 30 and if you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard so far, you won’t be disappointed!

We got to chat with the band on what inspired the EP, future plans and their thoughts on the ever-changing music industry.

Hey guys! Thanks for taking time to chat with us today! Your upcoming EP, Dead End, is pretty fantastic! What can you tell fans about it to get them excited?

We recorded the EP sporadically over the last year. The title track we recorded ourselves – with Matt Redlich and Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) producing and recording 2 a piece of the remaining 4 songs. The EP is essentially 5 songs of ours that we thought had pretty distinct personalities and covered a good cross section of our writing so far. The closer, “Shouting Between The Lines” is my favourite.

I’m hearing a lot of classic rock influences in your sound. Are there any particular artists you guys are fond of that have made their way into your music?

We really love bands like Teenage Fanclub, Big Star and The New Pornographers. I think those are the really unavoidable ones that always seem to pop their heads in and say, “How’s it going!?” while we’re writing. There’s also some more raucous grungy and punk rock stuff we love that comes out in our tunes sometimes. The song “Maybe The World’s Trying To Tell Me Something…” is the track on the EP that’s the greatest marriage of all the above influences I think.

What track of yours would you say best represents Sans Parents?

There’s a song on the EP called “Loose People” – that really felt like a turning point in the tunes we were writing. That one’s pretty important to me. It created a bit of a bench mark and has informed a lot of our writing since I think.

We’re always interested in how the bands we share feel about the music industry. Obviously, the industry keeps changing but what would you say is the best part of the industry right now and what would you change, if you could?

Best part of the industry is how easy it is to get your music out there these days. It’s a double-edged sword though because there’s even more stuff to compete with – so much to listen to and so little time. There must be so many ‘your new favourite bands’ out there that I’ve never heard and may never hear – because they get lost in the sea of music, and that makes me sad but also grateful for the ones I’ve been lucky enough to fall in love with.

Any touring plans for 2016 and beyond? What can fans look forward to next from you guys? 

We’re doing a little 3 date run through September to launch the EP. Then hopefully one more run of shows before the year’s out. We’ll also be releasing new music and doing a more extensive tour at the beginning of 2017.

We’re nosy here at The Daily Listening. Give us your top 5 tracks you cannot live without!

Elliott Smith – “L.A”

Fiona Apple – “The Way Things Are”

Paul Dempsey – “Safety in Numbness”

Blake Mills – “History of My Life”

Teenage Fanclub – “Neil Jung”

Tina Roumeliotis

Tina Roumeliotis

Tina is the founding editor of The Daily Listening. She's also a professional music nerd for BUZZNET. You'll most likely find her where she finds most of her inspiration: introverting in her bedroom with her music collection and a pair of headphones.