Hayley Mary‘s capacity for writing pulse quickening and powerful rock is on full display in the wry and effervescent track ‘The Drip’, the title track from her forthcoming EP due out on 18 June 2021 . Replete with Mary’s passionate vocals and jangling guitars, the track perfectly compliments her wry and self-deprecatory lyrics forming a powerful combination.
You cannot help but think of Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders as a starting point: strong vocals and and a solid rock instrumentation.
Mary says of the track:
I was sitting in the window at my tenement flat in Leith when the phrase, ‘it was a dirty grey day, there was a constant drizzle’. I knew there was a song in it, but it was not until a year or so later, back in Melbourne, that I found my shoebox of napkins. It sparked a nostalgia for Scotland and I began piecing them together and filling in the story and a romantic yet cynical, addiction riddled figure who I’d known in a lot of people, including myself, who was killing himself slowly in a mundane, everyday sort of way.
There was also a violent drip on my windowsill when it stormed, which haunted me in the night like the Raven of Edgar Allan Poe, and a leaking tap in the kitchen I just couldn’t seem to get around to fixing, that seemed to represent everything I was letting slip by. I’ll admit I don’t know entirely what the song is about, or whether it’s the ramblings of an optimist or a nihilist, but I think it’s my favourite of mine so far.
The accompanying video, directed by McLean Stephenson, is a bright and buoyant performance piece with Mary an enigmatic and enthralling presence:
Sun 30 May | Sweetfest 2021 | Geelong, VIC | All Ages
Fri 18 Jun | The Zoo (supporting Tyne-James Organ) | Brisbane, QLD | 18+
Sat 19 Jun | Bryon Music Festival | Byron Bay, NSW | All Ages
Sat 11 Dec | Festival Of The Sun | Port Macquarie, NSW | 18+
Feature Photograph: Jesse Lizotte