THE TRYOUTS ANNOUNCE
‘WOLF AT THE DOOR’
Your new favourite band The Tryouts have today announced their new single Wolf At The Door, an upbeat song written for the procrastinator — out today. Wolf At The Door is a rework of a previously released track from the duo, showcasing a refreshing sound and approach to making and releasing music.
The Tryouts, consisting of Chelsea Reed and Dave Macmichael, excel in fun, clever, guitar-driven indie-pop. Fans of Ben Folds and even early Ben Lee will find plenty to love in Wolf At The Door, a self-described “nihilist slacker anthem”.
For The Tryouts, sharp wordplay and a melancholy yet cheeky worldview rule; as Dave explains: “I was sitting at the piano and a strong wind made the whole place creak and it kicked off the first lyric: ‘When the wind starts to blow
That’s the only time you care/About the structural integrity/Of the building that you’re in.’”
The rest of the song fell into place after the duo were issued a songwriting challenge by friends which asked them to write a song using only three chords. Even once the song was written, it continued to evolve and take on new life, particularly when played live.
“As far as rereleasing the song goes, we had just grown so much as a band, so we wanted to represent that with a rerecording,” says Dave. The new version, produced by ARIA Award winner Paul McKercher, propels The Tryouts’ sound to a whole new level. It’s unique, it’s silly, a bit sad, and definitely catchy.
Chelsea and Dave met on tour in Canada, and after a few writing sessions, it became clear that they had rare creative symbiosis as a duo. And after the pandemic forced them to move back to Australia, The Tryouts were born.
The Tryouts above
When asked what inspires The Tryouts’ music, Chelsea and Dave get introspective. “Drama in my own personal life, unfortunately,” Chelsea says. “Big changes. Feeling sad and wondering what the point of it all is and then having just one nice moment, and realizing our very existence is magical.”
Dave adds: “My motivation when it comes to songwriting is to make myself feel better about being a loser. If I can make other people feel better about being losers while I’m at it, that’s about as good as it gets.”
Wolf At The Door is out now. Official single cover above
THE TRYOUTS JULY/AUGUST NATIONAL TOUR
JULY 13 | TOMCAT, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
JULY 15 | LENNOX HOTEL, LENNOX HEAD NSW | 18+
JULY 16 | FLOW BAR, OLD BAR NSW | 18+
JULY 19 | MUMBO JUMBOS, TERRIGAL NSW | 18+
JULY 27 | FITZROY PINNACLE, MELBOURNE VIC
JULY 28 | THE EXETER, ADELAIDE SA | 18+
AUGUST 4 | THE GOLDEN BARLEY, SYDNEY NSW | 18+
WOLF AT THE DOOR – THE TRYOUTS – official single artwork
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