One of the surest signs it’s summer in Perth is the wave of brilliant new music that emanates from the city every year. A perfect case in point is Social Misfit, the debut EP from indie five-piece Almond Soy. Opening with the band’s energetic single Happy Ever After, the EP is a triumph of mature songwriting and the boundlessness of youth.
Undulating through varying moods and tempos, Social Misfit shows off the multi-dimensional talent of the band. I Could Be The One is more beat-driven and swaying; awash in an ocean of synth and reverb… leading perfectly into the bouncy third track Whisky and its dance floor rhythms and duelling guitars. The EP closes with the tranquil I Always Wanted The Moon, creating a beautiful ambience with its layers of nonchalant vocals, orbited by spacious guitar riffs and subtle horns.
Taking these beautifully written songs and giving them the sonic grandeur they deserve, The Money War’s Dylan Olivierre has excelled in his duties as producer. While there is no definitive ‘Perth sound’ to speak of, Social Misfit has certainly encapsulated the mood of the city. Laid-back yet adventurous, Social Misfit balances warmth with a cool breeze; allowing each song to radiate without being overbearing. Each song is bursting with unique character, yet they flow together as one coherent work of art.
Starting out as a bedroom project, Almond Soy have developed at an unbelievable pace. Formed at the end of 2016 and lead by brothers Brandon and James Stockbridge, the band has evolved into a sophisticated ensemble, exemplified by Social Misfit. Driving each note is an emotional energy that shows the band’s natural chemistry. Now ready to kick things into the next gear, Almond Soy will be heading out on their first Australia-wide tour in January 2018, following up a run of sold-out headline shows in their home city.
Almond Soy Social Misfit Australian Tour – January 2018
Friday 5 January – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne
w/ Dreamcoat and Romeo Moon
Tuesday 9 January – Rad Bar, Wollongong
w/ Cosmic Flanders, Love Buzz, Bleeding Gums, Naughty Naughty and The Good Boys
Thursday 11 January – Vic on the Park Hotel, Sydney
Friday 12 January – Heya Bar, Brisbane
w/ CONCRETE SURFERS, The Gametes
Saturday 13 January – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
w/ Spacey Jane, Bald Beagle