Folk, blues, rock extraordinaire Trent Worley is launching his new EP What’d You Call Me? at a free gig tonight at Grace Emily.
We caught up with him to get the gossip on his choice of recording titles, his overseas adventures and how the EP came about.
“I’ve had the EP mastered at Disk Edits by Neville Clark, which is a dream come true for me ’cause he’s a bit of a genius, so to actually work with him is pretty cool,” Trent says.
“The songs are from all over. I actually did one of the songs over in London when I was at Abbey Road. So, it’s gonna be pretty cool that I can share little bit of songs from that trip. They’ve been recorded in Mixmasters, in Laundry, in my parents’ shed; it’s just a big mix of different stuff. It’s pretty interesting.”
The inspiration for the EP came from George at the Grace who kind of forced Trent’s hand in the matter!
“George from the Grace Emily offered me a gig and I said, “Oh, mate, I don’t know if I’m ready for it”. He said, “Well, if not now, when are you gonna do it?” So, I thought, Okay, let’s make it a little special and we’ll see if I can make an EP,” Trent says.
“I had a bunch of recordings sitting on my computer over the last few years that I haven’t done anything with, so it kind of got me out of my hole and now I’m getting back into it. I decided if I put a little bit of work into it, I’ll have an EP to launch and that’s pretty much what’s happened. George gave me a good old kick up the bum, in a way, which is pretty cool because I probably wouldn’t have done it if it was left to me.”
Trent’s last recording three years ago, Warts n All, was a one-take, incredibly raw offering, but he says this one is very different.
“This EP is all being recorded live so there’s no editing at all; everything is still done in one take but, obviously I’ve got a full band behind me this time which is the big difference really,” he says.
Each of Trent’s recordings tell a story of where he’s at in his life, with the titles the most telling element.
“Seriously Joking just summarizses my life. It was my first album, so I think I just wanted a title that summed up what was going to happen in the future because I do write a lot of serious stuff and I also joke around a fair bit too, so it was just a nice little name for that,” he says.
“Truce was probably something that was a bit deeper, probably coming from the more serious side, because I was struggling with what was going on in the world and obviously we all need peace and I thought, Well, how is the world going to get peace? Then, I thought about it a lot further and I thought, Well, peace isn’t orally possible without truce. You can’t win and someone has to lose for peace. We have to come together. Sometimes you have to take a little bit off yourself and sometimes you have to give a bit more. I probably needed to give a bit of Truce to myself because I was pretty hard on myself for quite a while.
Warts ‘N All, well, that was because that record was literally one take. It was very rough. I left mistakes on there, I’ve got songs like ‘Unpoppable Pimple’; it just fit, so that’s what that was about.”
And that brings us to his latest recording, What’d You Call Me, and Trent has no idea what inspired that title or the themes yet.
“I don’t even know what this one is about. I think what happens is I kind of tend to do things and then I’ll look back later on as the years go by and then it makes more sense, because I didn’t really know what the Truce record was about until I think back. So, it’s yet to be determined and when I find out, I’ll let you know!” he laughs.
Trent will perform at the Grace Emily tonight from 8pm so get along for free to be part of Trent’s journey to the next chapter.
“I haven’t played my own solo show for quite a while, so it’s going to be a bit of a relief and a release, I reckon,” he says. “It’ll be nice. It’s going to be a bit of a closing of a chapter because the next project I’m working on is very much rock and roll based with a lot of electric guitars. It’s a rock band, so it’s going to, sort of, close a chapter of doing my folky, ballady stuff. I can’t wait.”
By Libby Parker, Zarlia Brown, Amelia Brzezicki, Courtney Franks, Madeline Howard, Lucy Hoare, Mercedes Fisher and Maya Alsafadi