Interview | Rolls Bayce

Brisbane trio Rolls Bayce took a moment to speak to Control ahead of their Inside Out single launch at Black Bear Lodge on November 10. Inside Out is the first single from the group’s eagerly awaited debut psyche-soul album and is the first new release from the band since they released their self titled EP in 2014, which received high praise from the likes of Triple J, Rolling Stone and NME. Inside Out is a complex melting pot of punchy synth and catchy guitar riffs to create an impressive tune that we can’t wait to dance to. Rolls Bayce’s Dean McGrath had a chat to us about the new album, what we can expect from their live show and their plans for 2017.

Congratulations on your new single Inside Out – it’s a great track! How does it feel having it out in the world?
The response has been really cool, some very nice words have been said and people seem to dig it. I think as a songwriter you’re always looking ahead to the next thing though, so I’m pretty wrapped up in working on new music to be honest.

You’re currently working on your debut album and your press release describes Inside Out as ‘galactic synths undulating over stirring guitar jabs’ which sounds INCREDIBLY sexy – please tell me this ‘undulating’ sexiness spreads to the other tracks on the album?
The songs I’m working on for the record at the moment seem to be leaning harder into the 70’s Soul and RnB influences of the band, so yeah there’s definitely some more undulating happening.

Where are you at the moment with the debut album? Do you have an idea when it might be released yet?
At this stage I’m still deep in the fine-tuning stages of the songs. I have a terrible habit of obsessing over a song and kind of getting in my own way when it comes to finishing things…I like to go back and edit and re-edit constantly, so there’s still a lot of material that I need to sort through before we even hit the studio. Early next year is the plan though.

How have you found the process of the album coming together this time around?
James, Neal and myself have all been super busy this year, so we haven’t really spent a whole lot of time in the same room working on stuff. Right now most of the record is scattered across a whole bunch of demos that I’ve been working on by myself and a few tracks that we’ve been playing live for a little while. Working alone has been interesting.

Your 2014 EP had a really positive response with a couple of tracks on rotation on Triple J and glowing reviews – have you felt any pressure for your album to have an equally warm reception?
I think the only real pressure we apply to ourselves is sort of internal, we just want to make music we like and that we’re proud of. Obviously radio support is lovely and good reviews help validate what you’re doing to an extent, but I just want to make a cool record really.

All members of Rolls Bayce have played in different Brisbane bands before you guys got together so tell us – what are some good things and some bad things about playing music in Brisbane?
I think it’s really nice that there’s such a close knit community of musicians in Brisbane and that so many people collaborate and support each other, but that can kinda be a double edged sword in a way. I love that we have heaps of great friends doing great things, but I think on some level we’re almost at risk of quarantining ourselves creatively at times. You have to remember there’s a whole world out there beyond Brisbane.

What has been the highlight of 2016 for Rolls Bayce?
We had a really amazing time playing at A Festival Called Panama at the start of the year. I’ve just seen the lineup for next year and might have to make a return trip just as a spectator this time, it’s really an extraordinary festival.

What does 2017 have in store for you, can we expect to see you on the road showing off your debut album?
We’ve never been the type of band that plans too far ahead, but there will definitely be more new music and more touring.