Los Angeles act Still has released a new single Divinity, which will appear on their forthcoming debut EP. The band is comprised of Adrian Johnson, Julian Johnson, and Daniel McDonough, who grew up together.
McDonough’s solo work prior to the band’s formation — mostly written on harp and piano — was influential in honing the band’s current, melodic aesthetic. He had this to say about the
“The most conscious decision I’ve ever made was deciding to give the music a post-punk structure,” McDonough says. “It really gave me the opportunity to focus more on vocals and melody.
“I work at a record store, so I’m constantly listening to different music, and because I write in a very subconscious way, its hard to say what is influencing me in the moment. I normally just say my favorite bands, which are The Cure, Joy Division, Cocteau Twins, Nick Cave, Dead Can Dance, Bjork etc. which probably had the most obvious influence.”
“As far as recording goes. We recorded the whole EP in one day because of an extremely limited budget. We were in the studio for about 20 hours if I remember correctly. I wasn’t able to start recording vocals until after midnight, and I had to open the record store in just a few hours which added a lot of pressure to the process. Everyone else was passed out from exhaustion by the end and I was on the ground between vocal takes.”
Divinity shows much of the band’s early influences, including smooth haunting vocals that glide over a fluid flow of instrumentation. Still’s fusion of post-punk and dream pop is a swoon-worthy combination.