As 2012 draws to a close, Perth band Further Earth is looking back on a stellar year while preparing for an even better 12 months in 2013.
The band is heading into lockdown mode to write a slew of songs for the album it hopes to release next year, and vocalist Ryan Carson said honesty and emotion were something he looked for in music, both in the songs he listened to and the ones he wrote.
“Fans know authenticity,” Carson said with conviction.
“Some of my favourite bands have that honesty present in their releases — silverchair, Nirvana and Placebo, they write really great, raw songs.
“Plus I like the diversity in their music.”
The singer said for him, song writing was personal and something which got easier with experience.
“I have always written songs, ever since I was a kid,” Carson said.
“It’s almost like, that’s how I figure things out, or come to terms with difficult situations — by writing a song about it.
“Like for example, when my mum was sick in hospital, I wrote a song about her.”
While he uses his song writing powers for good, Carson also admitted to using them for less chivalrous reasons as well.
“Oh you know, if you have a bad break up, you might use a song to send that person a message,” he said.
“Even though it may fall on deaf ears.
“Still, it all helps.”
Carson said the band was looking forward to its show in Bunbury tonight.
“We had to cancel our last Bunbury show because I was violently ill,” he said.
“But that’s not likely to happen again.
“This time around, it’s going to be a good night.”
Further Earth play at the Prince of Wales Hotel tonight, with entry free.