Perth, Australia indie rockers Scream Mountain have just released their latest single, “Suburbanite”. With elements of shoegaze and alt pop, this track offers big rock moments through fuzzed out guitar riffs to complement the melodic vocals and almost melancholy overall feel. This is a song about reflection, brought to life with anthemic sound and compelling lyrics. We caught up with Scream Mountain to chat about the single, the band’s songwriting process, and their plans for 2023.
From The Strait: Tell us about the new single, “Suburbanite”.
Scream Mountain: This track conveys a feeling, a time, a mood and a place. It’s built angsty and it’s walls painted with a colour of familiarity. It’s nothing yet everything at the same time.
Suburbanite was sonically cooked up with some edgy, emotive and especially anthemic sound ingredients. It’s pulled back in a head boppy-way. Lyrically it’s about holding emotions back from those who deserve it the most, it’s reflection wrapped in a coat of self-destruction. It’s terrifying to be releasing this song. No more hiding behind the words. It’s straight forward and says it as it is. It feels right.
FTS: What are some of your favourite Perth-based artists or bands?
Scream Mountain: There’s so many to choose from! But to name a few we’re loving the stuff that Pot Plant House Party, Sixth Avenue, Star Arcana and Indigo Blaze are putting out
FTS: Every band has their own way of creating songs – what is your usual songwriting process?
Scream Mountain: Scream songs usually come together in the box. Jordy and I will sit down with a barebones template of a song we’ve started writing and flesh it out. Then we send a more developed idea to Nelly and Watto to add the rhythm and groove!
Once that’s all done we record everything ourselves, Jordan mixes it and we send it off for mastering.
FTS: What was the coolest (and/or weirdest) live show you’ve ever played?
Scream Mountain: There’s been so many great shows! A recent highlight for us would be playing before Gyroscope at the Fremantle Beer Fest. It was an honour to be the sound track to punters tasting all the great beers coming out of Australia.
FTS: What’s coming up next for Scream Mountain?
Scream Mountain: We always try to be a few steps ahead of everything we’re doing. 2023 is going to bring in a new era for us. Plenty of new music to come and the potential for a larger piece of work. We’re also hoping to get on the road as soon as possible!