Melbourne Crew Just About Done have today released their second EP, three-parter ‘I Am Getting By’. Already having released two video singles, with a narrative that builds through to form an eventual trilogy (See ‘Strain’ here and ‘1029’ here). Vocalist Samantha McGee reveals: “The best way to present this EP is to first explain that the selected order of the songs, was not actually the order they were written in. Usually that is no big deal, but on ‘I Am Getting By’ we have a storyline threading through the accompanying videos and one that is different to what the songs are lyrically written about. We came about this alternate story when one of our band members listened and related to the songs on a completely different level to what was my intention and it really was so amazing. I had written these songs about very specific experiences, but someone else was able to relate on an emotional level to ALL 3 songs. It really made us notice how powerful this EP was, so we wanted to team up with our incredible friends in Mind Society Studios to promote not only the lyrical story, but to visually portray the other story that had come from these songs.” The final video, concluding this trilogy will follow soon.
Beginning life as a school band, Just About Done reveal that their ambitions lie in bringing the art back into music, with McGee emphasizing 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.” You may recognize the name of the quintet, who are rounded off by Jack Farnfield and Daniel Sunday on Guitar, Joe Considine on Bass and Michael March on Drums, from the Blink 182 track.
‘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.