Perth quartet Rainy Day Women will next month release their first album; a collection of tracks garnered over the years to create an established aura of pop-nostaligia. The album’s title, Ain’t It Time?, is representative of its making — which frontman Dylan Ollivierre describes as being somewhere between picturesque, cohesive, and yet all the while daunting when we spoke to him recently about the forthcoming release:
What does the album’s title allude to?
The title Ain’t it Time? seems to represent the group of songs really well and it was kind of like, “Ain’t it time we released this album?”. For me the title is about cutting the crap and getting rid of limitations that exist in the mind. Hopefully for the listener it will make them think about that thing or things in their life that they know they should do or deal with. Also, the words sound cool in sequence.
The first single, ‘Mrs. Jones’, is based on an old music teacher. What was so special about this certain teacher?
Haha! She doesn’t actually exist – it was completely fictional. I just thought it was an interesting idea – a kid that falls in love with his music teacher, but not because she’s sexy but because she’s a genius. My music teachers were Mr Lewis and Mr Drennan….
The album seems to deviate between indie rippers and melodic pop songs. What’s the reason behind this?
I think it was just down to the songs that were written at the time. They’re all very melodic but some of them called for being upbeat and some would get the song across better being a bit slower and more moody. Also, I think that way it keeps it an interesting listen from start to finish.
How was it recording in a rural farmhouse?
Amazing. The setting was picturesque and we were really immersed in nature without any distractions. I did start to get a bit weird after not really seeing the outside world for two weeks. Apart from Patricia the pig and the donkeys on the property, there wasn’t much outside communication.
Being the most played artist/band on triple j Unearthed last year and having already had two successful releases, is the release of your first full body of songs daunting?
Yep it is. The songs have been around a while and I’ve shown people whom I trust their opinion, so I feel confident that it’s a good bunch of songs. The way that the public and media receive it is always unpredictable. Surprisingly, I’m not sick of the songs yet, so I’m really just enjoying playing them live at the moment.
The 13-song track list was culled down from 40. Why did you choose the songs you chose?
I did about 40 demos and then it got cut to 16 which got recorded and then 13 made the final cut. It was really based on what felt the best at the time or what we considered were the strongest songs. There were a couple that didn’t seem to fit on this record so we’ll consider them for the next.
Who took the photo on the album cover and where was it taken?
It’s actually a 1960’s photo of a town in Germany . We wanted something that captured people going about their everyday lives and the fact that it was from decades back seemed to tie in with the title.
Do you consider Ain’t It Time to be much of a deviation from your other releases?
It felt like it at the time of making the album, but I think to everyone else it still sounds like Rainy Day Women. I think the songs are similar but the sound is a bit more cohesive and in line with what I’ve wanted to make for years. It’s probably generally a little bit more chilled-out that people might expect.
You recently played an all-ages show. Have you built much of an underage following?
Our underage following seems to be really strong, especially in Perth. We’ve never played an all-ages show outside of Western Australia, so it’ll be interesting to see how the kids like us. I’d say some of our best shows have been to kids under 18. They’re so enthusiastic about music and really want to have a good time.
You’ve just released the music video for ‘Mrs. Jones’. What’s the story behind it?
The clip is done in one take – it’s basically me walking down the streets of Fremantle (our home town) and singing while these bizarre interactions between other females occur. It was all filmed in one take so it was quite spontaneous.
Ain’t It Time will be released on October 3rd via Inertia and littleBIGMANrecords.