Sydney-based country combo, The April Family, return with the release of their new single, One Trick Pony, available on digital platforms now.
The track features the soulfully twangy vocals of inimitable lead vocalist Kylie Whitney, the blistering lead guitar work of Casey Atkins and the insistent grooves and gritty production of Michael Carpenter. One Trick Pony is a great indication of the growth of the band since the debut album “What We Know Now” in mid 2017.
Written by Whitney and Carpenter, the new single shows a maturity in their writing, with a pointed lyric supporting the narrative in the vocal, punctuated by a production that seethes while it builds through to an explosive bridge. As with much of The April Family catalogue, the 3-part harmony that distinguishes them is once again at the fore, making for a distinct and potent re-introduction to the Australian Country Music landscape.
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The April Family have been quietly working away, building a name and a steady body of work since forming in 2015. Featuring the enigmatic Kylie Whitney on lead vocals, the skills of Casey Atkins on lead guitar and backing vocals, and the production and all-rounder abilities of Michael Carpenter on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, the band developed a sound that fused Classic Country with the timeless colours of West Coast American Country Rock.
The band formed on the back of live shows supporting Whitney’s debut solo album from 2015. Carpenter produced that album, and drafted his friend Atkins into the live band for showcase gigs. The trio hit it off well, so when Carpenter and Whitney decided to form a band that was more ‘country music based’, they insisted that Atkins be part of the adventure.
The band went straight into writing and recording, developing a sound as they went, based on the records they loved and their strengths as musicians and harmony singers. They didn’t perform as an ensemble until their debut single 1943 was released, landing them a #2 on the iTunes singles chart, with national airplay on radio and TV. The follow up You’re Someone That I Never Knew achieved a similar result, as well as charting in several national charts. All the while the band continued to refine itself as a live entity, while continuing to record their debut album.
“What We Know Now”, was released in May 2017. With strong reviews and four well received singles, the album showcased the band’s varied songwriting, with hints of traditional country, blues, rockabilly and country rock, and high production values. By the time of the East Coast tour to support the album, the band had developed a compelling live show, based around accomplished musicianship, tight harmonies and the presence of front person, Whitney.
The live performing experience has further defined the band’s sound, leading to the writing and recording of their second album, currently in production. With a focus on a leaner approach, showcasing a more ‘ensemble’ sound, and the writing from Carpenter and Whitney becoming more refined and deliberate, The April Family have kicked into a higher gear with a clearer focus and more ambitious aesthetic. Armed with a unique series of music videos to accompany the single and album releases, the album promises to show a maturity and intent that will lift the band to the next stage of their journey.