What is it with the Blue Mountains? The low-key suburb West of Sydney keeps popping out some of this fair nation’s most captivating artists, and Russell Fitzgibbon and Doug Wright of electronic duo Fishing are no exception. Is it the purity of the water? Something to do with the rare water skink native to its terrain? Whatever the cause, we’re floored with the effect.
The experimental producers have just dropped their new EP, Pleasure Dome, and while Fishing’s sound is still as layered as a Siberian in winter, you can definitely hear an evolution in the music. Their notoriously down tempo soundscapes have been treated to a couple fresh shocks with the defibrillator, resulting in a faster flutter of beats. Not only have they gifted us with the new EP, they’ve gone one step further and delivered us this fresh mix, best devoured post-club walk home, or at 4am on a lounge room beanbag, according to the guys. On the heels of their launch party this Friday, March 3 at Ricardo’s in Marrickville, we talked to the duo about inspiration, process, and parking.
You just released the Pleasure Dome EP. How long was this in the making, and what was the process like?
Some of it came together really quickly, and some took quite a while. We were writing an album last year, and 3/4 of the way through the process we realised how vastly different all the tracks were—we had a bunch following on from our first album, and a bunch of more uptempo dancefloor stuff. We were vibing most on the more uptempo tracks, so we polished them off and they became the Pleasure Dome EP. It felt better to put out a shorter, more cohesive release that reflects exactly the sort of music we want to be making right now.
The tracks on the EP were written with a much more performance-based approach too. Russ and I both come from more of a band background so it has been a really satisfying way of writing. We’ve accumulated a few more synths and drum machines since our last album so heaps of stuff is made through jamming on gear, recording dubs, and chopping things into arrangements later.
Your garage also doubles as your studio. Is that where the EP was recorded? Where do you park the car?
A garage is just really a bonus room you don’t have to pay much extra for when you think about it, so parking on the street and turning ours into a studio felt like the only option. Downside is the flash flooding problem we have most times it rains. But we’re pretty vigilant about keeping power boards off the floor, so we haven’t blown anything up yet. Yep, the EP is a garage record. High school punk band style.
Your sound seems to transcend time and place, kinda otherworldly with all the layers and melodies—Where’s the most unexpected place you’ve ever taken inspiration for a track from?
There are so many excellent producers, DJs and performers locally, we’re constantly surprised and inspired by what we hear when we’re out and about, and by what our friends are working on.
What’s the theme to this mix, and what’s do you hope it does to everyone that listens to it?
We recorded it very early on a Monday morning which really dictated the mood. So it’s a good vibe for playing if you’re feeling a bit mushy and overwhelmed, and need something interesting for your brain to grab onto. Could be a post-club walk home mix. Or a 4am lounge room beanbag mix. That sort of thing.
Outside of Fishing, what do you guys spend your time on?
Russ and I both teach at a music school which is the best day job in the world. Outside of that, Russ is making darker, late-night music as The Ghan and running parties with our friend Christian under the banner of Not To Admire. I do a radio show/label called Body Promise with one of Sydney’s biggest assets, Amelia Jenner.
Who are some other local artists you really vibe with?
Sam Weston, Setwun, Gussy, DJ Plead, BV, HVISKE, Cop Envy, Chunyin, Cliques, Hot Wavs… Ugh stop me, there are too many.