Chatting with sweet lads Bugs

After an impressive year in 2018 if Bugs aren’t already top of your list of bands to watch in 2019, listen up and they’ll be there quick smart. Hailing from Brisbane this pop infused garage rock trio have dropped new single Sweetener – giving us a taste of what’s to come from their upcoming 2019 album.

YOU’VE JUST RELEASED AN ENERGETIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE SWEETENER – WHERE WAS THAT RECORDED AND WAS IT AS FUN AS IT LOOKS?

We recorded the video at an art installation called ‘Sugar Republic’ that was set up in the Fortitude Valley train station – it was a really great time as we had exclusive access for four hours and basically just got to run around acting like kids. My good childhood friend also shot the clip so everything just felt super comfortable, it was a great day. I think we all got a cocktail after too :D

YOU DESCRIBED SWEETENER AS A “FUN SONG ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE”. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THAT?

It’s pretty simple, it’s just meant to capture that moment of infatuation that flaws your gut. The tingling in your stomach attached to a person. I guess experiencing those spark moments get less common as you age so I wanted to encapsulate the feeling and remind people of what it is like in case they haven’t had a crush in a while (laughs). 

THE SINGLE IS THE FIRST TASTE OF YOUR UPCOMING ALBUM, WHEN IN 2019 SHOULD WE EXPECT TO HEAR MORE OF THAT?

The second single is ready but we still have a lot of work to do overall so it’s hard to say. We just don’t want to rush something under pressure, it would be a disservice to ourselves and defeat the purpose of making music together if we were barrelling through the tracking. It takes a long time for some songs to develop, it can happen overnight but those writing sessions are pretty rare. Let’s just run with February for now!

DOES THE ALBUM FOLLOW THE SAME THEME OF FALLING IN LOVE OR WILL THERE BE VARYING THEMES?

It’s going to be largely introspectively themed, placing importance on self analysis for the greater good of personal growth. I just want people to think more about how they feel, and why they potentially feel that way. I firmly believe that when you understand yourself more with a bit of critical thinking you don’t impact others as negatively because you approach situations in a more empathetic and rationale way. Prejudice is powerful, being aware of your own and not letting it impact your judgement is beautiful.

IT’S BEEN A HUGE YEAR FOR YOU GUYS, STARTING WITH FALLS FESTIVAL, THINGS LIKE BEER INCIDER AND RUNNING THROUGH TO YOUR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOW AT HAMILTON HOTEL – WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR?

For me personally it was just the Christmas show, all our close friends were there and our mates RAAVE TAPES road tripped up from Newcastle for a few shenanigans. It was just really infectious energy in the room, a whole lotta smiling faces.

YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TOUR WITH THE HARD ACHES TWICE THIS YEAR AND THERE SEEMS TO BE A REAL GENUINE BOND BETWEEN YOU GUYS. DOES THAT MAKE THE TOUR A MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE TIME?

Yeah, it makes a huge difference being with close friends when you are away from home. We are so lucky for the opportunities they have given us this year. Ben and Alex are absolute role model humans and to even now have made so many more mates through the shows has been crazy. The entire crew they work with are such incredible people, it was just never any stress. Love them to the end of the world.

ON THE TOPIC OF WHAT A BUSY YEAR IT’S BEEN – MULTIPLE TOURS, WORKING ON NEW MUSIC AND WORKING WHEN BACK HOME. DOES THAT HUGE WORKLOAD TAKE A TOLL ON YOU AT ALL?

Absolutely, but we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it. You’re never going to get anywhere if you sit around waiting for opportunities to come to you and we are SO LUCKY to have been able to see so many corners of this gorgeous country through playing music. Sure it has it’s lows but that is just part of any life or career choice. Our manager Ruby is remarkably supportive and without her guidance I don’t think I would have been able to continue making music this year.

YOUR APRIL EP SOCIAL SLUMP WAS HIGHLY PRAISED, HOW DID YOU ENJOY THE RECEPTION TO THAT?

It was pretty surreal selling out shows in cities we had never even visited, and they weren’t exactly small rooms so when it came to the actual tour shows it was really quite overwhelming seeing so many people singing all the words to our songs. From tattoos to 4000km trips to see us, it blows my mind how committed our community of fans are. We are very lucky.


BUGS ARE ON TOUR IN MARCH 2019!

Friday, 8th March 2019 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, 9th March 2019 – The Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, 16th March 2019 – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, 23rd March 2019 -The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW, NSW

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