JADE McINALLY of jade imagine – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a dead cool, deadpan singer songwriter in a nifty lo-fi art pop band from Melbourne called jade imagine. Signed to Courtney Barnett’s Milk! Records for their debut EP in 2017, they went on tour last year with Julia Jacklin and have also linked up with London based label Marathon Records, for a jointly released new single “Big Old House” which is full of fuzzy logic and dusty dreamscapes. Like a thousand yard stare into the glimmer of a pool captured by Hockney, get ready to immerse yourself into their ethereal gaze and welcome to these digital pages, the (almost titular, totally singular) Jade McInally

Before founding jade imagine, Jade McInally had been on the indie scene for a good decade, and found her way to Melbourne playing in her own electro project Tantrums and then in the bands of local heroes Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue) and Velvet Sheep fav Jess Ribeiro.

After DIY bedroom recordings in 2016, Jade sent the first jade imagine demos to Dave Mudie (drummer and Courtney Barnett accomplice) who took it on himself to add drums and some production. Thrilled, McInally put together a band which consists of Tim Harvey on guitar (Emma Louise, Real Feelings) and James Harvey on drums (Teeth and Tongue), and then got signed to Milk! Records for delightfully titled debut record “What The Fuck Was I Thinking”. Tours with The Pretenders, Angel Olsen, Benjamin Booker, the aforementioned Julia Jacklin and Phantastic Ferniture followed and here we are now with “Big Old House” and a debut jade imagine LP expected later on this year.


Photo by Nick McKinlay

Jade’s kept herself in great company, but what music is she into right now? Without further ado, here’s Jade McInally’s “song for ewe”…

“This song just makes me want to lock myself in a room for about a month straight and rehearse with the band. I grew up listening to this record and a few others from The Church.

Every time I listen it reminds me of long weekend drives i’d do with the family from the Sunshine Coast down to Byron (before it was a crazy tourism hotspot) or Sydney and back.

Later in life i had the pleasure of meeting Peter Koppes as he lived near us and ended up giving my friend Jack guitar lessons. I played a show last year with Steve Kilbey – it was a tribute show for The Cure but I was too nervous to say anything to him. He offered me some Gin though… “

THANKS TO JADE AND TO FRANKIE DAVISON AT STEREO SANCTITY.

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Author: Nick Hutchings

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