Money For Rope

Melbourne psych-rockers Money For Rope have released the new video for ‘Actually’, lifted from their forthcoming new album ‘Picture Us’ for March 8, 2019, following international tours which have previously taken in shows across Primavera Sound, Glastonbury & SXSW, alongside support slots for Courtney Barnett (also an early champion of the band). Details of a 2019 UK headline tour from Money For Rope in support of the new album are soon to be announced.

The fast-paced video for ‘Actually’ was created in a single night by one of Money For Rope’s two drummers, Erik Scerba, using a series of sequential images shot at the band’s rehearsal space. Speaking about the process, Scerba says; “The photos were very much on the fly although I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like. It was pretty much impossible to know the timing of everything, but there’s a part in the song where the crash hits with a shot of me hitting the crash and it just worked. Sometimes that shit happens. There’s a kinda psychedelic aspect to it all which I liked – using the images to do different things like capture some of us in two places at once. The black and white makes it more nightmarish. We wanted to have all the shots happen at once so it had a constant flow of momentum. The hardest part was editing, as 25 frames a second doesn’t match the song’s bpm.”

Spawned from the same fertile Melbourne music scene which has fostered not only Barnett but also other friends including King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Amyl And The Sniffers and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Money For Rope are releasing ‘Picture Us’ off the back of a dogged touring habit which has kept them on the road for the last four years. Entirely self-produced, mixed & mastered by the five piece – comprised of Jules McKenzie (guitars, vocals), Rick Parnaby (keyboards), Erik Scerba (drums), Chris Loftis (drums), Ted Dempsey (bass) – ‘Picture Us’ was recorded over the course of a single summer in Victoria, Australia on the coastline of the Southern Ocean.

The volatility of this stretch of sea – fused with the urgency of Money For Rope live shows – bears out on ‘Picture Us’, whose pace seldom eases across its 30 minute span. The insouciant, surf rock of ‘Actually’ came together whilst the band were on tour during a Berlin heatwave, whilst early advance track ‘Earl Grey’ arrived earlier via a self-made video which ratchets the single’s air of menace with a blend of overhead & underwater footage in which the band play their guitars in the surf off Sorrento Beach in Victoria. Frontman Jules says; “We wanted guitars to be keyboards, keyboards to be saturation, and drums to be folded over into themselves like tape worn away, like rocks eroded by the relentless southerlies blowing the ocean onto the land.”

Whilst everything Money For Rope does is buoyed by a freewheeling ‘Why not?’ attitude – including a mini tour across India, and McKenzie honouring various live commitments following a motorbike crash by performing from a wheelchair – don’t be fooled by that derisive band name. ‘Picture Us’ thrums with the promise of one of Australia’s most hard-working and charismatic new bands.

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