Aussie Pop-Punks Just About Done have announced that their third EP entitled ‘I Am Getting By’, will be self-released on 19th October 2018.
With the title chosen to convey change, both personally and artistically, vocalist Samantha McGee explains: “The artwork represents this idea of change, which is portrayed throughout the EP and into the music videos. You’ll also notice that the medical cross on the nurse’s hat, is subtly extended into an inverted cross and this will be touched on in Part 3.” “Part 3?” I hear you ask! With this McGee refers to the video trilogy that compliments the EP, with the first ‘Strain’ being available for consumption here. “Strain is about dwindling friendships. It was inspired by personal experiences, and the relief that comes after that person is out of your life,” McGee reveals of the track, before expanding on the overall intention: “As each video is released, a new aspect of the story is revealed, until Part 3 where the main theme becomes apparent and a new meaning to the narrative arises. Mind Society cleverly directed the videos so that the ideas represented compliment the lyrics, as well as the overall storyline. The first installment, Strain, portrays the diminishing friendship of a group of people, without explanation. It seems the main character is being irrational, but there is more to his past.”
With a line-up completed by Jack Farnfield and Daniel Sunday on Guitar, Joe Considine on Bass and Michael March on Drums, you may recognise the quintet’s name from the Blink 182 track. Beginning life as a school band, Just About Done reveal that their ambitions lie in bringing the art back into music, with McGee emphasising that they want to be part of the community to push along: “Listening to albums from start to finish; attaching music to memories; really being there in that point in time, listening and watching a performance, rather than watching through a screen. We know it’s possible.”
‘I Am Getting By’, produced by Christopher Vernon, with additional engineering by Declan White and Liam Guinane, marks Just About Done’s first foray into a wholly conceptual release, of which the band states: “The tracks are about normal aspects of life, which always come as a shock to those who live it. The lyrics were written about very specific circumstances, but can be interpreted very differently for everyone, which is why we hold these songs very close to our hearts.” Stating that they sound like Violent Soho if you “throw a female singer on top”, they borrow from early Paramore and The Story So Far to deliver atmosphere and attitude, in three hard-hitting pop-punk doses that brim with enthusiasm and potential.
Just About Done Self-Release ‘I Am Getting By’ On 19/10/18
Currently Announced Live Dates (Australia): 9th September – House Show, Doonside | 14th September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle | 15th September – Burdekin Hotel, Sydney | 23rd September – Wrangler Studios, Melbourne | 29th September – Fat Louis, Brisbane