With their much-anticipated debut album Rookie due for release in May on Bella Union, Australian quintet The Trouble With Templeton have just unveiled a mesmerising video for new single “Soldiers”.
The video was directed by TTWT singer/frontman Thomas Calder with his brother Josh…
“The making of the video for ‘Soldiers’ was an absolutely incredible experience,” said Thomas. “It’s one of the most conceptually dense and patient of all our videos, and that’s something I find really exciting. We made a conscious effort not to push anything on the viewer or make it obvious what you should be concentrating on. We hope the audience finds something different with each viewing.”
Already a huge success in Australia, The Trouble With Templeton is the creation of singer/songwriter Thomas Calder, a 23-year-old wunderkind who formed the band in 2011. The following year saw TTWT expand to a 5-piece, the new members complimenting Calder’s emotive vocals and songwriting with a collaborative, self-assured sound.
Adventurous, eccentric and stunningly melodic, Rookie is an album that leaves a distinct musical impression. With their debut release The Trouble With Templeton have crafted a record full of warmth and heart, whilst displaying a willingness to make music that’s not afraid to affect or surprise. “The only prerequisite we had going in was that if we loved the song and we believe in it, then we were going to record it,” says Thomas. “The element of surprise is something we really enjoy in music, something we’re always shooting for. You don’t want to know where a song is going from the first two lines.”As a result, the album is a whirling dervish of moods and colours, of tempos and genres, melodies and layers, tackling concepts behind relationships and the way unique human narratives emerge from different viewpoints.
Musically, defining Rookie beyond a happily all-encapsulating idea like ‘intelligent melodic alt-pop’ isn’t worth the hassle. It’s an album that demands listening to in order to be understood. “It’s held together by something undefinable,” reckons Thomas. “For me it’s a whole kaleidoscope of sounds and genres, but there’s something holding it together, and that’s us as a band.”
Rookie will be released 12th May on Bella Union.