The Nagging Doubts were still at High School in Sydney when they made their first acclaimed EP, Deug Lane, which was lovingly catapulted into the world via ex-Lemonheads bassist Nic Dalton on his label imprint Half A Cow. A year on and, following an introduction by Dalton, the band found themselves in a studio working on mixes with acclaimed producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am I, Youth Group) and stepping into a new direction: all darkly simmering, glittery post-punk ambience; and punchy, hook inspired baselines. This new aesthetic announces The Nagging Doubts much anticipated EP Autocalm with a double a-side release Berlin / Marine, the second release through Connolly’s own record label Scenic Drive. With plenty happening for the band, The Fountain caught up with them to discuss the double a-side and plans for the following month.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Berlin/Marine?
We’ve gotten some really exciting reception for Berlin and Marine, with airplay on Triple J Unearthed and Chimes on FBi. We’ve also been getting played over in the UK, from Radio X, BBC Radio Wales, and BBC Radio Ulster which is very exciting. Our fans and people close to us love it as well, which is important to us. When people you love are enjoying your music, it’s a very gratifying.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
The double/single has gotten lots of enthusiastic local and global reception.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
We’re going to be focused on recording over December, as we continue to work on next year’s EP; Autocalm.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
We just played a great gig at the Waywards in Newtown. We’ve always wanted to play there so that was a lot of fun. We do love to play at the Vanguard; every show we’ve had there has been hot, loud and electric. We’d love to play at venues like the Oxford Art Factory and the Lansdowne, which are both venues in Sydney with a lot of history and a great culture of underground gigs.