The sun always shines brighter the day Naarm/Melbourne popster Wilding releases another one of his sparkling sonic jewels. This time it is ‘Same Old Day’ – another dappling ray of aural sunshine with a slightly wonky ramble and Justin Wilding Stokes’s sardonic and wry delivery. There is detectable a slight fairground, carnival lilt, redolent perhaps of bands like Madness, doffing a jaunty cap at the vicissitudes of life.
According to Stokes:
‘Same Old Day’ is a song about ordinary struggles. The struggle to get off the sofa. The struggle to pay the bills. The struggle to eat healthy. The struggle to turn off the telly. The struggle to get a night’s sleep. But mostly, the struggle to finish a crossword.
But, in his usual style, it’s not all smelling salts enveloped in a pall of doom: Wilding delivers a high-trotting pace and an arched Wildean eyebrow. You can’t help but do a merry jig as you hear of the misery and gloom of a mundane existence:
The single is out today via that purveyor of blinding good taste, Half a Cow Records.
Wilding will be celebrating the new single with a massive launch party at The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick on Friday ,1 December. Joining Wilding will be the dreamy space-age pop of Thibault and witty art-rockers The Great Emu War Casualties and the indie surf pop vibes of Spacetime Worms. details below and tickets here.
Feature Photograph: Lee Hooper