Darker, moodier feel to new release

May 24, 2018

Past Present band members Kade Hartley, Bailey Slade and Cameron Slade.

Goulburn Valley-based band Past Present continues to pave its way into the music industry, set to play a gig in Melbourne next month.
Made up of members Bailey Slade (lead vocals/guitar), Cameron Slade (drums/backing vocals) and Kade Hartley (bass guitar), Past Present released its new single Harlequins this week.
‘‘It’s a bit different to our other stuff,’’ Bailey said.
‘‘It’s a bit more dark.’’
He said recent listening habits inspired an overall change in direction musically for the band — a darker, moodier and heavier sound — with Harlequins ticking all of the boxes while taking the listener to what could sound like the remnants of an abandoned carnival in the song.
The three-piece band released its first album last year and Bailey said Harlequins was the first single to be released from the forthcoming second album.
The single was recorded, produced and mixed by Tyler De Jong, who the band utilised after his involvement with its first album, Emancipate Me.  
Bailey said the single was mastered by Marcus Hobbs, who has worked with Aussie industry heavyweights Camp Cope, Courtney Barnett and Olympia, with Benjamin Maskell producing the artwork.
The single was released on May 18 and is available on streaming services Spotify and Apple Music.
Harlequins will be launched on Friday, June 1, at the Matthew Flinders Hotel in Chadstone, Melbourne. Tickets are $10 and are available through the band’s Facebook page, Past Present.

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