Sick of your desk job?

Melbourne’s The Attics have made the old nine to five look fun in their latest offering; a DIY desk concert for their latest single Pastel Blues.

Squeezing the four-piece band into a white-washed room turned into a creative feat for The Attics; the video, produced with Shoelace Sessions, creates a cheeky take on your day job.

Shoelace Sessions are known for their intimate performances in unique locations, having produced a series of one-take videos with the likes of Angie McMahon, Didirri and numerous other Melbourne favourites.

Cameron Wade of The Attics explains that “Pastel Blues seemed to be the perfect track to fit into this format and we just wanted to make something fun – nothing too serious. It gives listeners the chance to hear our live sound, albeit, quite stripped-back.”

The location of an office setting came naturally, with the band sourcing the set décor from their parent’s sheds, including the oversized and clunky-looking PC that appears to be circa 1999. The retro ’90s vibe of the clip would be incomplete without it.

The desk setting is also fitting to the dual lives of up-and-coming musicians, as Cameron adds, “Our tiny little pop band doesn’t quite pay the bills yet… two engineers, one department manager and one student. Plenty of desks.

Lyrically, the track is questioning everything about the nine to five lifestyle – it felt right to have an indie band playing from an office complete with disco ball to kind of parody that.”

The psych-pop outfit are a melting pot of widely different musical tastes that inform their sound. From Connan Mockasin and Unkown Mortal Orchestra to the refined and shiny sound of high-gloss pop, the band draws inspiration from anywhere and everywhere.

“We’re all keen followers of local music and it definitely rubs off on what we want to write,” Cameron adds.

The Attics are set amongst the local favourites of Melbourne’s music scene. Having played a run of shows opening for indie power duo Slum Sociable, the band are not shy of putting on a show, also playing By The Meadow and even making an international appearance at Canada’s Indie Week Toronto.

Logistically, the desk concert looks like a real twist when trying to play an instrument. Cameron says that it was “Kind of cramped. The chair kept swivelling and creaking.”

I can assure you, their live shows don’t usually involve desks.

The Attics will be launching their latest single Pastel Blues (sans desk) on Friday, 30 November at The Gasometer Upstairs in Melbourne.

In the meantime, you can stick Pastel Blues DIY Desk Concert on repeat.


Tour Dates:

Pastel Blues Single Launch Show
Friday, 30 November, The Gasometer Upstairs, Melbourne
Supports: Househats and Feelds (solo)

Thursday, 8 November (supporting Ben Panucci), The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford