MARY ROLL // The new face of Oz Rock
from Albury Marie Rouleau are to be watched.
FOLLOWING: BLOOD COMMAND: Nikki Brumen discusses Pagan, Blood Command and why “The End Is Her” // CLOWNS: Release new single “Sarah” COMMENTS: THE BRONX: VI // JINJER: Wallflowers // TOURNIQUET: Glow on // LOSER: All The Rage // ALL DEATH: How to tune a parrot // MIND BOX: Eternal blue // MARIE ROULEAU: We have nothing left
Last year they shared their debut EP, and they kept the momentum going with their latest track, We have nothing left. It’s a high energy rock track with touches of grunge and indie, and it’s really amazing. Ahead of its official release, we had frontman Finn Lockley online to discuss the track, their history, and upcoming moves.
Hysteria: Tell us the story of Mary Roll.
Finn: There are four of us in the group. there is me [guitar/vocals], Jacob “Clarence” Elliot [guitar], Jarrem Toon [drums] and Josh Mutsch [bass]. The three started this band in high school and did random covers and gigs around Albury. I met them in 2018, I was opening a show for them, and we hit it off and started chatting.
I gave them my contact details, and a few months later they texted me saying they were looking for another member of the group. We got together for a jam and we worked well together. Before we knew it, we were reorganizing who was doing what. Since then we’ve played a lot of covers around Albury. We released our first EP last year, and we’re starting to do more movement this year.
What does the name of the group mean?
Jarrem’s father invented it. At first the boys didn’t know what to call the group. One day his father, Dave, told him about this idea he had for the band’s name, Mary Roll. He told her this story of his grandmother named Mary, who made jam buns. Originally it was a joke name, but it stuck, and we’ve had it ever since.
It’s so healthy!
It was adorable! It’s a bit like the Pearl Jam Name.
Let’s explore what inspired the new single, We have nothing left.
With a lot of our songs, we just throw random words around and see what sticks. The lyrics we had at the beginning are very different from what we have now. The only thing that remained the same was the chorus; we have nothing left here. It is a sentence that I launched. At the time, I was dealing with separation from my parents and conflicts with friends, so I felt it was time to move on and find something new. From there, I decided to write a song about breaking up someone and realizing that where you are now is not where you need to be. It came to me quickly. I wrote down some ideas in the drafts and talked to the boys. We then chose what we thought worked best.
At the time, I was dealing with separation from my parents and conflicts with friends, so I felt it was time to move on and find something new. From there, I decided to write a song about breaking up someone and realizing that where you are now is not where you need to be.
[ Finn Lockley ]
We got 90s / early 2000s rock vibes from the track. So who would you say are some of the band’s biggest influences?
That’s a good question because we have different influences on each song. The songs from our first EP have a very distinct indie rock sound, but this single is different. The main influences here have been Royal Blood, Violent Soho, Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys. Jacob and I work on a lot of songs together, and we take inspiration from a lot of places and choose different concepts.
How do you feel about the editing process of this track compared to your first EP?
On our first EP, we had five songs. It was our first time recording in a studio, we drove to Wagga, which was about an hour away, and we did it all in two days. It was a nightmare doing it so quickly, but we just wanted to express ourselves with our sound and release the tracks. We rushed around a bit, honestly, but we were just excited.
This single was different, however. We tested it in a few salons. We showed it to our friends and had positive feedback, so we just took our time and waited until we felt it was right to start recording. We went with Simon to Albury Sound and Lighting. He is incredible. He knew exactly what we were looking for and helped us put everything down. He’s completely guided me in terms of vocals, and before I knew it, I was singing better than ever.
Is this track part of a larger release?
Right now it’s a standalone single, but the plan is to put it as a starter track on our debut album, which will hopefully be released next year. We used locking to create new songs and hone our craft. The album is a work in progress, but we have a few songs that will be on it no matter what. We only have one called To recover which we hope to share at the end of the year. It is my favorite. In total, we will have nine or ten songs. They’ll be punchy songs that you can listen to over and over again.
Something before I let you go?
We are a new group, but we hope to stay a while. We work hard and always push what we can do musically and people’s expectations of us. We won’t stop until we’re the best band ever, that’s a promise.
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