Words by Peta.
They won our competition to play a NYE set at the biggest Summer festival in Victoria, time to get the download on the latest edition to the BTV lineup - Manorism.
Influenced by the sounds of The War on Drugs, Real Estate and The National, Manorism’s latest releases Letter On My Wall and Moon Rising are the perfect combo to assert their stamp on the domain of dream-pop indie rock - but would you believe they used to be hard rockers?
We had a chat with frontman and guitarist of the Victorian 5-piece, Shaz to understand more about the evolution of the band and to indulge in their excitement leading up to the biggest gig of their careers.
“It’s taken a long time for us to navigate it,” Shaz says, referring to the sound journey that the outfit has endured over their active years. Many unofficial, not so many, official.
Forming back in 2014, the group have messed around with a variety of genres and songwriting techniques in the lead up to their current creative state.
Gigging around with hard rock bands during their formative years, Manorism first entered into the live music domain playing heavier rock sets.
The last two years have seen them developing their softer edges after taking part in GRID’s artist development series in 2017.
And then they played a gig at The Tote with no shoes on.
“It was the softest set we’d ever played in our whole lives,” Shaz reminisces. It was the set to debut their reinvention as indie-rockers.
This shift to hard-hitting ambient belters is what Shaz credits to his obsession with The War On Drugs’ Lost In The Dream record. Letter On My Wall, particularly, took a strong influence in its inception.
The landscape of their music has become tighter and more intrinsically focussed since the Tote. With clever lyricism and synths allowing listeners to hang off the impact of simpler, sharper soundscapes, Manorism have finally affirmed their mark on indie rock.
After a sold out Melbourne launch at The Grace Darling on July 5th for single, Moon Rising, the group are amped to perform to bigger crowds still.
Coming a fair way from the high school ensembles they meddled in together way back when, Manorism will open the main stage at Beyond The Valley festival in Lardner on NYE.
If you’re heading to BTV, make your last day of 2019 count by treating your ear holes and retina balls with what is set to be Manorism’s best performance yet.