Indie rockers on the rise, Melbourne’s Sienna Wild have today announced their exhilarating, gritty new single You Wouldn’t Know, a track that places the listener in a strange and unsettling situation between two lovers, out today, December 2. The group have also released a killer lyric video to accompany the track. To celebrate all things You Wouldn’t Know, Sienna Wild is heading out on a national tour in January 2020, kicking off at Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney on January 2, then moving through Adelaide, Brisbane, and wrapping up with a hometown show in Melbourne at The Tote on January 31.
For fans of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Eskimo Joe and Arctic Monkeys, You Wouldn’t Know is an absolute firecracker of a song. Soaring guitars reign, while searing, affecting vocals ride atop the arrangement with strength and power. You Wouldn’t Know is pretty much everything a modern rock fan could want in a track, and is guaranteed to get you pushing your way through the dancefloor to bust a move. Speaking on the interesting inspiration behind the track, bass guitarist and vocalist Louis Goutos enthuses, “The sentiment behind the single came from me setting myself a challenge of writing from the perspective of a third party in a break up. Up to that point, our writing had been about power within a relationship, whether it be during good times or bad. This time, I wanted to write a song about an outsider who becomes involved in a break up, as opposed to the two protagonists telling the story. It is essentially about a girl telling her boyfriend’s best friend she’s going to leave her man, but the boyfriend is too oblivious to realise. Hence, he ‘wouldn’t know’, but the friend does!”
Sienna Wild are thrilled to be taking You Wouldn’t Know on the road, and it’s pretty clear why once you hit play on this track – it’s definitely one for a hot, sweaty, summer gig. Giving fans a taste of what to expect from their 2020 tour, Louis says, “Fans can expect a tight rock performance full of swirling guitars, crashing choruses and compelling dynamics. You’ll see a band who have conviction and believe what they say, and mean what they do. A good time for all!”
As fans of music from the very beginning, Sienna Wild are a passionate group of young musicians who are excited to share this stunning new track with the world. Reflecting on the formation of Sienna Wild, Louis says, “Fortunately, I came from a musical family and there were always instruments around so I just started playing things and learning by listening. I started off with the piano, then the drums, until finally the bass called, and that was when I found my voice (so to speak). I found like-minded musicians and spirits in the guys from Sienna Wild, and haven’t looked back ever since. Also none of us are opposed to a few beers and a good time… I reckon listeners should get around Sienna Wild now, before someone else gets there first! You might just be the one to say ‘I told you so’”
Sienna Wild is Louis Goutos (bass and vocals), Jonathan Giokas (lead guitar) Lewis Ciavarella (rhythm guitar and backing vocals) and Lucas Manitta (drums).
You Wouldn’t Know is out December 2
Sienna Wild’s Top 5 Artistic Influences.
In thinking about this list, it was initially difficult to separate “top 5 artist influences” from “top 5 favourite bands”, but this band was on the top of both lists. We could have added David Bowie, or The Beatles (of course) or Led Zeppelin but they would be simply an indulgent addition and definitely part of the “favourites” list. For any rock band that pride themselves on song writing and musicality, Dire Straits are at the top of the mountain. They seamlessly combine intricate chord changes with simple, effortless melodies on a stadium rock level. Mark Knopfler is a genius for a thousand reasons, but most of all his ability to play like that, write like that and perform vocal trickery while whispering. If you listen closely, you can hear Dire Straits in every stadium rock band from then on, whether it is through chord changes, musical dynamics or creating atmosphere that seems to go forever. Also, they hardly wrote a song under 5 minutes. Gotta love it: Commercial self-indulgence.
The Arctic Monkeys:
The ultimate 21st Century musical chameleons. Are they new wave garage rock? Post – Britpop Indie Britpop? Are they indie – pop – rock? They are all and everything in between. I dare you to find a band that seems to reinvent their sound with each album and still maintain strong song writing and commercial appeal. A perfect band made up of equally strong parts, that all have a vital role to play. At the heart of it all is Alex Turner, a modern rock genius. Powerful songwriter, charismatic front man and an even better lyricist. I’d go as far to as to say the best lyric writer of the last two decades (fight me!) A major influence on us, and on me as a song writer and lyric writer. You never know what you are going to get but you can’t wait to take the trip with them. If they had a ‘best of’, it would be endless, like a musical magician’s magical handkerchief. All class.
The blue print for commercial, accessible modern rock. Their first two albums hit like a hurricane, full of edgy guitars and interesting sounds and rhythms. Like The Strokes and Artic Monkeys, they came about when rock was reinventing itself and they took that bull by the horns. We listen to them when we need a sizeable dose of a chorus with conviction and a guitar melody you can hum all day long. They are the real deal and play a ‘killer’ live show you can sing your heart out to. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s easy to be a rock star with greasy-ass long hair, it’s almost impossible to do it as a short-haired married Mormon. But Brandon Flowers does it with ease.
A shout out to our producer, Oscar Dawson’s band, the best of the Aussie bunch at the moment. This country has been crying out for a guitar hero and a musical context to build around, and Holy Holy are just that. We take a lot from their ability to build dynamics and atmosphere, soaring choruses and beautiful, musical guitars. Their second record came out right before we got to work with him and we just studied it endlessly, absorbing the production and arrangements, particularly at a time when we were looking to evolve our sound and branch out into a more atmospheric style using effects and two guitars. They manage to do all that with one. This is really compelling rock music and a globally recognised and accessible band from our fair land. A huge inspiration and influence on us.
Another Aussie band that really brings it when it comes to writing compelling melody driven rock music. DMA’s are brutally unashamed to drench their voices and instruments in effects to enhance their sound, and that in itself is inspiring. As soon as you hear a track, you know it is them, you can hear it coming a mile down the hill and it washes over you like a warm breeze. We listen to them when we are in a real song writing zone, it helps us formulate the more difficult parts of our songs, building bridges and peaks, only to have them crash down again in the best way possible. Another global band that deserves to be flying high. Smart, sophisticated song writers who are only being themselves. That’s the best lesson of all.