Chatterbox: The Cactus Channel

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

Until recently we were strictly an instrumental band playing dark and cinematic Soul. Our perspective on music exploded a little when we start digging into the soul of the 60’s and 70’s and how it was being incorporated into the present. In the early days we took big influence from The Meters, Booker T and the MG’s, Lyn Collins, Marva Whitney, Marvin Gaye, Eddie Bo etc. More recent influences include Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band, Whitney, The Frightnrs, BBNG and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Recently we had a small lineup change, and have began doing more vocal tunes with our guitarist Lewis Coleman. Now The Cactus Channel is an amalgamation of our dark soul upbringing, plus more indie rock, hip hop and electronic music. I’d say a mix between Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Menahan Street Band, Badbadnotgood & Alabama Shakes. Alt-soul baby.

Where did the new single come from?

Back in 2015 we read an interview with Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) that listed us as a band that he listens to, so we thought we’d go out on a limb and get in touch. Talk of working on some music together happened, and fast forward the good part of a year and we were in Brisbane having a play with him. Sam’s musicality and melodic ideas instantly worked with us and we started working on ideas for an EP. ‘Sorry Hills’ started from a demo Darvid Thor (guitarist) put together, and then Sam just started doing his thing over the top. Lyrically I think its about feeling lost and alone in your own world, and how that feels. But really Sam is the one to ask for that…

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Sure is! ‘Sorry Hills’ is the first single from a 6-track EP with Sam Cromack. The EP drops digitally and on LP/CD on April 21st. Its sounding super dope so far.. can’t wait to share it all. Then after this EP we’ll be dropping our 3rd studio album in late October… at the moment we’re just writing a lot and getting really into our new aesthetic and vibe.

What’s on the horizon for you?

Album #3 in the works, tours in the works, maybe more collaborations?? Hit us up. Would love to tour outside of Australia soon too. I think our music and sound would go down well in Europe and the USA. I think the main thing for us going forward it to be more prolific. More releases and more touring, and making this project our main creative output and career.

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