The Meeting Tree was the meeting point of Sydneysiders Joyride and Raph Lauren (of the production duties behind Jackie Onassis) earlier in 2015. They released their debut EP r u a cop in May of this year and it was such a success that it’s up for Best Urban Album at the 2015 edition of the ARIA awards.
Not resting on their laurels for a second, the boys are hard at work in the studio on a follow-up EP Life Is Long: Slow Down!, and have today gifted us the very first single from it, the wonderfully titled I Pay My Tax (I Hate Myself). Here’s the video:
The video is a promo of sorts for the fantastic-looking ‘wellness retreat’ the duo are apparently running. It’s fairly hilarious and hopefully not entirely fictional, judging by the video a man could really unwind and say see ya later to all of life’s worries at this heaven-sent sanctuary.
The track itself is an uplifting number that belies the self-loathing title, gliding on the wings of some massive, soaring synths as well as the siren-song vocals of Janet English, who you may remember from another small band she’s a member of by the name of Spiderbait. The track also features the axe-work of Seamus from Sticky Fingers. The chorus is catchier than the clap and just when you think the song has reached it’s sonic pinnacle, it takes you higher once again. Fantastic.
If this is an early indication, the next EP from The Meeting Tree is going to be out of this world good.
Life Is Long: Slow Down! is out December 11. Catch The Meeting Tree on tour at these times of day, in these parts of the country, localised entirely within these venues:
Sat, Nov 21st: One Day Only Festival, Manning House, Sydney
Wed, Nov 25th: Beach Road Hotel, Bondi (w/Spit Syndicate and Jackie Onassis)
Fri, Nov 27th: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (supporting Hermitude)
Sat, Dec 5th: The Plot Festival, Parramatta
Fri, Dec 11th: W4, Melbourne (w/Spit Syndicate and Jackie Onassis)
Sat, Dec 12th: The Zoo, Brisbane (w/Spit Syndicate and Jackie Onassis)
Wed, Dec 30th: Falls Festival, Lorne