Australian alternative outfit Between You & Me have been making waves across the globe since their early days performing acoustic covers on YouTube. With their influences ranging from blink-182, Foo Fighters, The 1975 and Hanson, the quintet have proved sonically versatile while moving from strength to strength. It’s this trait, combined with the band’s explosive live shows and infectious energy, that has seen them ink a deal with LA-based alternative music label Hopeless Records, and conquer stages across Australia, USA, Europe and the UK.
In 2018, the band released their debut album ‘Everything Is Temporary’ via US heavyweights Hopeless Records to critical acclaim, showcasing an impressive tracklist of pop punk delights from the relative newcomers. The record cemented the band’s place as rising stars in the alternative music scene, and saw them expand their live resume to include touring with the likes of The Maine, Neck Deep, Waterparks and Tonight Alive, alongside a performance at the renowned UK festival, Slam Dunk. Between You & Me showcased a mature new direction with follow up single ‘Supervillain’ in early 2021, shifting the pop punk lens filtering their earlier releases towards refined pop-infused alt rock.
The single clocked support from the likes of NME, Music Feeds, Rock Sound (UK), Dead Press (UK) and Wall of Sound alongside spins on triple j’s Good Nights and Home & Hosed. ‘Supervillain’, alongside newest single ‘Deadbeat’ and what’s to follow, are underpinned by a string of setbacks and happenstance, beginning with the band’s tour in North America in March last year. Their plans to record their sophomore LP with Canadian producer Sam Guaiana (Silverstein, Like Pacific) following their live dates came to an abrupt halt as the global pandemic persisted, and the band were required to return home to Australia without an album and without a plan.
Navigating months of lockdowns and living in different states, Between You & Me eventually secured an exemption to bring Guaiana to Australia and record the album. While the 10 month delay proved initially disheartening, there’s a silver lining - Between You & Me have produced their most collaborative effort to date. With all members bringing something new to the table after a period of reflection and isolation, new themes were explored and new songs were written.
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