Ecca Vandal's self-titled debut showcases the young Melbourne artist's skillful ability to fuse together a wide variety of genres, throwing everything from electro-punk to boom-bap rap into her musical blender. Here she talks us through the sounds behind her brilliant first album.
Vandal's national tour continues this week, with shows set for Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong ahead of Queensland and Victoria dates later this month. Following which, she heads to the UK to support Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes on a run of early-December shows.
Rage Against the Machine's Evil Empire has had a massive influence on my music, so it's hard to pick just one song off this record. I like to take a long walk before I sit down to write lyrics, and I usually listen to Evil Empire from start to finish. I think Zach De la Rocha is one the greatest lyricists of our time and he paints such a haunting picture in so few words. "Revolver" was one of the songs I would reference when I think about potent lyrics. It's such a powerful song, dealing with domestic violence towards women and the repercussions it can have on the whole family.
Looking back on when the track "Cassettes, Lies & Videotapes" was written, Kidnot (Richie Buxton) and I were listening to a lot of Afro beat in the studio — Fela Kuti and Mulatu Astatke, and like always — Deathgrips. Ex Military is an album/mixtape where every song is killer. "Thru The walls" was one of those songs that when I first heard it, my head exploded.
"Your Orbit" was written in New York so I think the sound of that track was influenced by the city and the golden era of hip hop. A Tribe Called Quest, Pharcyde, Fugees, with some of the harmonies and even early Neptunes.
Some of the classics in our record collection would be At The Drive In's Relationship Of Command and Fugazi's In On The Kill Taker and The Argument. Perhaps you can hear these sonic influences creep in on tracks from the album like "Price Of Living", "Closing Ceremony" and "Broke days, Party Nights."
With our last bit of savings we bought analogue synths and ended up sooooo dirt broke!! For a long time we've obsessed over the analogue sounds of Aphex Twin, James Blake and Radiohead and just had to have time. You can hear some of the whack sounds we introduced in tracks like "End of Time" (Dave Smith Pro 2 and Juno 60), "Cold of the World" (Prophet 6), "Cassettes Lies and Videotapes" (Prophet 6 and Moog) and "Bad Habit" (Rhodes).