Those four lovely, upbeat lads from down under who collectively go by the name of The Lovely Days return with a brand new EP entitled Arms Wide Open. If the name sounds familiar, then it may be because we spoke very highly of them and their self-titled debut EP last year. We can’t wait for you to hear this new EP which is due out in the US on May 19 and Australia on June 2.
“Arms Wide Open is a new collection of songs about welcoming the power of possibility into your life. It explores hopefulness, vulnerability, openness & retreat; but learning how to deal with life’s uncertainty and that it doesn’t always go the way we plan.” Tennyson Nobel (Vocals/keyboards).
Like many bands, The Lovely Days started in a garage but with a bit of a difference– brothers Holden and Tennyson Nobel were only five and seven at the time. Most days, they squeezed in behind the Mitsubishi to learn their chops from their songwriter Dad. It was the start of a mad, musical immersion – Mozart one day, McCartney or Radiohead the next.
As soon as they got their drivers licences, they hightailed it to Melbourne from hometown Mullumbimby and hooked up with old school buddy Stephen Dickie and new found friend Jackson McIvor to form The Lovely Days.
The Lovely Days emanates musical vibes resonant of the 60’s and 70’s: not to recreate a golden age but purely to invent a new one, authentic, hopeful and always in a groove with stand out harmonies and passionate musicality.
About ‘Arms Wide Open’ by Tennyson Nobel
We recorded it ourselves over ten days in two locations; firstly in a DIY style studio setup in a rehearsal room and then we polished it off at our drummer’s house.
I think this EP reflects different moments in my life where I’ve either been really open and ready for new experiences; or found myself consciously withdrawn and shut off from the world. I think everybody has been there before; both behaviours are equally as vital to each other.
The Lovely Days are: Tennyson Nobel [Keyboards, Vocals] – Holden Nobel [Bass, Vocals] – Stephen Dickie [Guitar, Backing Vocals] – Jackson McIvor [Drums].
All songs written by Tennyson Nobel and Holden Nobel
Produced and Recorded by The Lovely Days in Melbourne, Australia
Focus song “Mornington” mixed by Eric Dubowsky (Flume/Chet Faker)