One of the most talked about Melbourne local pop punk outfits would have to be A New Way Home. After the release of their excellent debut EP Growing Pains, the guys have been riding high with momentum getting on some great lineups and earning the appreciation and respect of punters and other muso’s alike. We can’t wait to catch their set at YesterdayFest this weekend! We talked to the band about Growing Pains, line-up changes and what the future holds for the band.
It’s been a wild ride for you guys since the release of your 2019 release Growing Pains! What are some of your favorite memories from playing shows in support of the record?
We had great fun with Growing Pains, it was our first release as a band and we feel we were welcomed into the scene with open arms. I think some of our best shows were the pop punk shows we played, especially supporting Nautical Mile while they were over. It was also great playing in front of so many people that never heard us or of us before and the reactions they gave after listening to our music.
There’s obviously a lot of anticipation of follow up material. Is there anything in the works we should know about?
Right now we’re not going to make any promises. We had a few songs that were close to being released but, with a current restructuring after a few band members parting ways, we aren’t in a rush to release anything new soon.
Have your influences changed at all since the making of Growing Pains?
I would say yes, while we will always have that vibe for old school pop punk in our veins, we also have picked up a flavour of experimenting with something new.
COVID would have destroyed so many of your plans as a band. Was it difficult staying busy musically during the lockdown?
We had quite a bit planned for 2020 that had to be put on hold. I think the hardest part was getting back into it, once it ended. We had been apart for quite a while so coming back into it had pushed a few of us into different mindsets and some priorities had shifted.
We’re stoked to have you on board for YesterdayFest! Who else on the bill are you keen on seeing?
We are heaps stoked YesterdayFest is finally happening and thankful we were asked to be apart of this show. While we definitely keen on seeing all the bands play, it’s gonna be an awesome time seeing Steadfast slam out the main event.
If you guys could support any Aussie band active or defunct, who would it be and why?
There are so many band we would love to share the stage with if we ever got the chance. From current bands like Between You and Me, Terra, Yours Truly, Stuck Out and Stand Atlantic to the bands that are no more like, Kisschasey, Summerset Avenue or our even just sharing the stage with our local heroes Drastic Park, Snark, Paperweight and our perth friends Nautical Mile. All of the bands mentioned above we are huge fans of and it would be awesome to share the stage with all of them!
Who are some Aussie locals we should be keeping an eye on?
Drastic Park.. and Paperweight… keep your eyes on these guys definitely.
If you guys could give any advice to kids looking to start their first band what would it be?
Don’t overthink it. Be genuine to yourself and your band mates. Know the real reason you want to be in a band, and remember it’s not all about you. I think the best advice though is music can be anything, so don’t let anyone else tell you differently.
Any parting words before we let you go?
Again we can’t wait to share the stage with all you beautiful creatures as we give Growing Pains one last smash. And who knows… we might release some new material in the near future. Can’t wait to see you all there!
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, catch A New Way Home at YesterdayFest on April 24th. Also be sure to check out Growing Pains on all good streaming platforms!