Though the faces might be familiar to observant indie concert goers, Foley just started making their mark in the world of more commercially sounding music with their debut single Settle. Part of NZ On Air’s latest NewTracks compilation, it’s a promising start for the writing/ producing/ recording duo of Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett.
Both of us were involved in high school band project, Gabe in The Moots and myself in Vivid. Both of us competed in Smokefree Rockquest way back when, but since then we’ve been flying a little bit under the radar working hard on this project
We’ve been best mates for a while, and both playing in other bands it had never occurred to us to work together. We were both at a loose end musically at the same time, feeling a little unfulfilled by our current projects, so we finally decided to work together on something fresh! Foley is our little love child because we’ve had so much fun so far working together and writing so openly and honestly with each other. We write and produce the tracks together, 50/50!
A drunk guy came up to us both in a bar and tried to say ‘holy moly’ but ended up saying ‘holy foley’… we both knew then and there.
It has the classic pop vocal that you catch yourself singing, but we definitely channelled the funk vibes with heavy bass and guitar to keep it alive. Our style is a real fusion of genre and influence so Settle sums up what we are going for pretty well.
Settle is an ode to the unsure. It basically describes that rut you can get into in a relationship, where you love someone but you aren’t sure if it’s going to last the rest of your life. Settle is about not wanting to give up on someone, but also wanting the best for yourself.
That bass line when it first hits! Heck yeah!
We produced the single with Josh Fountain at Golden Age which is always a hilarious experience. We ripped the original song to shreds and put it back together, which was a brutal but beautiful process.
Never settle for anything less than you deserve. Have a beverage and move forward in life.
I think usually you just get that feeling about a song where you know from the get-go that it’s got the magic. We’d written so many songs and we didn’t want to release anything until it had character. Generally the single presents itself to you as opposed to actively choosing it.
Ash is working on a solo project this coming year, but Foley is definitely our major focus and we can’t wait to put out some bangers for y’all to enjoy.
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