Listen: Methyl Ethyl’s Jake Webb on ambience and hindsight on Arvos with Dom O’Connor
October 3rd 2015
“I love building up background from ambient sounds, like people talking.”
One of the highlights at Volumes 2015, Perth three-piece Methyl Ethel sent representative and founder Jake Webb to FBi to chat with Dom O’Connor ahead of their sold-out show at Newtown Social Club. When asked what spawned the song “Obscura” on their album Oh Inhuman Spectacle that breakfast host Georgia Hitch can’t get enough of, Jake said:
“I was driving in the car and it just sprang up afterwards. That opening line [Georgia, what’s your number?] was what spawned the whole song.”
For Jake, all the songs he produces are difficult to criticise in hindsight because they’re complete in and of themselves.
“It is exactly how I wanted it to turn out or I wouldn’t have put it out.”
Methyl Ethel’s songs feature a huge range of ambient noises – from the aforementioned sounds of people talking to footsteps and a whole bunch of seemingly random noises. Also, sax solos. Are there people out there trying to bring back the sax solo?
“Maybe the sax players’ union…”
- Arvos with Dom O'Connor :: Methyl Ethel Interview