Brief Discourse: Tram Cops

What’s Brief Discourse you say? A quick chat with a local act doing cool things. 

This week it’s Melbourne lofi legends Tram Cops. They’ve just dropped an album and are playing a bunch of festivals and shows over the coming weeks. What a treat!

The new record, Even In My Dreams is out now. Can you tell us a little bit about what it touches on and how it all came together?

Hey, hi hello. It’s a pop album! It’s a pop album about life, and love, and MDMA and Jesus Christ and the Hebrew prophet Jonah being swallowed by a giant fish and colonialism and Instagram, among other things. I recorded it with my 8 track in my bedroom last year. I think it’s a reflection of where I was at in my head. I was really sad! And then manically happy. And then really sad, lol. Life, my dudes.

Anyway, around October I had a moment where I decided to stop being insecure about my music and just be a musician. For real, ya know? Starting with finishing all these demos I had laying about and forming a bigger and bolder band. Couldn’t have done either without the help of my beautiful and talented friends. Luv ya, guys. So, like, yeah, I guess, like, there’s like, a wry, like, humor to every, like, track on the record.

Your tracks are largely kept to durations of 1-2 minutes. Do you write with an aim to keep things short and sharp, or does this naturally come about?

Short sharp and sweet, my dude. You’d be pleased to know my second album is full to the BRIM of 3 minute songs. TO THE BRIM. I want to write catchy music. I don’t know If I can do that yet. It’s hard. I feel like short songs are catchier though. My housemate and guitarist Eddy Dillon writes jingles. Good work Eddy Dillon. Jingles are where the money’s at. Jingles are interesting. You have less than 3 seconds to create enough melodic value that it embeds itself in your listeners brain forever. Here’s a link to some jingles you might be familiar with.

When you look through the credits of the record, you see heaps of different artists who’ve all lended their time. While you’re the main songwriter, would you consider Tram Cops as more of a community?

Absolutely. The songs would be bland and boring without my friends’ influence. Or without people who listen to the songs. If a tree falls in a forest, ya know? Or without people who come to shows and support us. We are really lucky to be a part of a really lovely lil community in the melbs music ~scene ~ where we all know each other, and we all take care of each other. Community is important, I value it so highly. Music is the great social connector, and it’s so important to establish valuable connections as a young person in a big city. please follow me on twitter @tramcopsfuk.

Listen to Even In My Dreams.