“…When a quaking heart produces such high-class songwriting, there’s really nothing to complain about.” – Beat Magazine
“This guy is the real deal, he’s a direct hit” – Mikey Cahill, The Herald Sun
“it’s got an 80s classic Australiana feel to it buried in that drive and emotion.” – Declan Byrne, triple j
Melbourne’s after-dark pop darlings FERLA return with the uptempo-downer ‘I See You‘.
Following their AMP nominated debut album It’s Personal, the new track is rich with swirling synths and guitar stabs, laying the bed for Giuliano’s baritone as he croons images of inequity over a yowsah groove.
“’I See You’ is my idea of a new-wave doomsday banger. The end of the world is people punching on in supermarkets over bog rolls while Supertramp plays over the PA system. It’s funny but it’s also depressing as hell,” vocalist Giuliano Ferla says of the song. “I’m getting back into my sad disco guilt pop. I can’t escape it. Everyone’s sweating under their collars, temperatures are getting taken, tempers are boiling over. The ice caps are melting, baby. This song is dedicated to prejudice and self-interest. This song is a pink Hummer limousine being swallowed up by the earth. This song is for Satan. There he is, standing at the gates of hell, playing the bongos.”
From a songwriter whose work to date has been mostly confessional self-reflective, ‘I See You’ is a shift in perspective. “I was trying to look outward more with this song. And I didn’t like everything I was seeing.” He elaborates, “I swear I’m not totally faithless when it comes to humanity, but maybe I was when I was writing this song. There’s more music coming soon that is way more upbeat. But damnation comes before salvation, right?”
FERLA’s apocalypse comes with a hip waggle and new pair of pants. With Kate Monger on keys, Steve Gavan on bass and Nige Moyes on the tubs, FERLA has supported Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Cash Savage And The Last Drinks and Totally Mild, performed live on Triple R and PBS and played headline shows to adoring crowds across the country.