Ardmona-based musician Bailey Slade is releasing his first solo music with The After Party EP album, on November 17.
The first single, Forgive Me If I’m Wrong, of the three song EP is now available on Soundcloud and is soon to be released on Spotify.
The single is folky punk rock with smooth vocals and tells a genuine story through its lyrics. The Mooroopna Secondary College Year 11 student said he was heavily influenced by Australian act The Smith Street Band when he started writing the album about four months ago, with the lyrical themes ranging from the stigma of mental health to the mundane of everyday life.
‘‘It’s a breakaway from the metal and heavy music I play with Past Present and I am happy with how it has come together,’’ Bailey said.
‘‘I wanted to test the waters with my solo music.
‘‘I focused more on the lyrics in this music.
‘‘I wanted to try and break the stigma and insecurities of mental illness.
‘‘It’s an open book, there’s nothing subliminal about it.’’
Bailey worked with Tyler De Jong, a former band member of Shepparton-based band Dirty Thrill, who now has his own home studio in Melbourne to produce the EP.
He also had help from his brother Cameron Slade, who played drums on the album. Bailey sings, plays guitars and keys on the album.
The two other songs on the album are The After Party and Suburbanitis.
The After Party explores anxiety and insecurity, while Suburbanitis is more of a mockery of suburban life.
Bailey also plays in two-piece Slade and Moon and is currently studying fast-tracked VCE Music.
■Visit https://soundcloud.com/baileyslade/tracks to listen to Forgive Me If I’m Wrong