Steve from the band Joined John on the show , to discuss the band and the latest single " My Town" ,
The English Rain is a Brisbane based band, co-founded by Steve Boom and Neil Steward. Their
influences of bands like The Beatles, The Jam and Tom Petty distilled into a sound similar to indie
pop bands like The Shins, DMA's and Astral Drive. The goal has always been to try to write songs
with strong melodies and hooks and we love jangly guitar driven pop songs
The band was named after Steve's favourite Beatles song, and that the rain in England could be
both depressing and joyous, which covered the feeling of the songs. During 2019 the pair decided
to finally record their forthcoming debut album Echoes of You and start the project with the first
single My Town.
'The idea was to invite people we respected and were fans of, to form a collective that could
evolve and morph depending on the song' said Steve.
For My Town they asked Alister Bell of speedstar to provide vocals, and the results were so good,
he is going to handle quite a few songs on the album. Jason Millhouse from the Sean Sennett/
Rob Hirst band plays multiple instruments on the track as well as producing the single and album
The first single My Town is both a tribute to the city of Brisbane as well as to the memory of Grant
McLennan of The Go-Betweens. Steve said "I was lucky enough to work with, and get to know
Grant during my time at EMI, until his sad passing in 2006. I received a call the morning after, and
instinctively picked up the guitar and started writing the song.
The band will be back in the studio mid year to finish the album. 'We have the luxury of having a
catalogue of about 140 songs so the first album track listing is mostly settled. I have had the
demos in a playlist of the album for awhile now and originally concerned with the different styles
of songs on the record' said Steve. ' My fear was that would going from a jangly pop song into a
trip hop song then to a rock song be too much for the people, but ultimately they all sound like
The English Rain, so that gives it a consistency.
Whilst the debut single is a breezy jangle pop song, The English Rain play a variety of styles
including guitar pop, rock, country and electronica.
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