Chuparosa talk about, “This is Life,” their upcoming second EP, revealing tracks, song meanings, and an insight into the band.
By Mandy Craig. Chuparosa, the Wollongong band that likes to party are getting ready to unleash the fun and energy from their second EP, “This is Life.”
The EP is set to be released at the end of the year, along with the possibility of a single and music video.
The band, currently on their spring tour that started earlier this month, took the time to sit down and discuss the new music they have been working on. Sitting with Michael Becket, Kyle Jacobs, Marc Tahiti Richardson, and Mark Rozab Meleisea, they revealed how they see themselves as a band, the tracks off the new release and the awesome meaning to their band slogan, which inspired the title of the new EP.
Chuparosa started production in June at The Grove Studios and described the recording process for, “This is Life,” as laid back.
“We’ve got most of the recording down and a lot of it has been mixed already. We’ve able to take our time, and make sure things are sounding much cleaner.” Michael reveals about the early production, “With the last EP there was a sense of urgency, getting it done and released; but with this one we’ve been able to put a lot more effort. Get into those finer details better, polish it up a bit more and have it sounding crisp and juicy.”
Having formed only last year, the band feel the new EP will reflect a maturity much different from their last release.
“Sonically it’s going to be a much more cleaner sound than the first EP as we spent a bit more time and effort on it,” Michael explains, “song wise, the songs are a bit more mature than the first five that we released in the first EP, because they’ve been worked on a lot longer.”
“This is life.” It’s all about enjoying life and being content with what we have.” – Marc Tahiti Richardson.
“As a band I think we knew where everyone was coming from when they were writing…we were able to capture what they wanted out of the songs a lot more,” Kyle adds, “I think with the first EP it was, “this is the idea, and lets just jam it through,” and it produced some really good songs; but this time we really took our time and made sure the songs were a hundred percent what we wanted them to be. I think it’s going to come across a lot more on this album, without that rush to it, that we have on the first one.”
The guys went on to reveal the tracks on the new EP, not only explaining the meanings to some of the songs, but also how they came to be written.
“Follow the Sunshine, is just about going cruising and going away. Then there’s Simple Living, which is our newest original song that we’ve got. It’s got a bit of a hip-hop feel,” Michael explains, “Clashin’, is about the clashing that happens in a band, when you get so many different musical flavours trying melt together.”
“It’s one of the interesting songs because at one point, every instrument is playing a different chord at the same time and it seems to work.” Kyle reveals, “I think that kind of represents the band as a whole. We’re all at different wavelengths and parts, but when we get together, somehow it just works out. You get Chuparosa out of the chaos, which is good.”
The band’s earlier music, heard frequently at their gigs, will be on the upcoming EP as well. These songs include, Nine Months, Stella, and We Ain’t Done Yet.
Talking about, Don’t Leave too Soon, another track off the upcoming EP, Michael reveals how it was written during a gig at Milton saying,
“The first time we played it in Milton, our singer Tay couldn’t be there, so we started jamming at the start of the set just to get our levels right. We did the whole show instrumental, but Kyle started playing these chords; this progression which, when we got back we just sort of put it together. That’s probably the song evolved the most out of all of them.”
The EP titled, “This is Life,” is also a major significance for the band, a Chuparosa slogan, inspired by Tahiti.
“Every time something fun happens you always hear him say, ‘This is Life.’” Mark laughs, “It’s not, “This is life,” if he doesn’t say it. We went on tour not too long ago and he was away overseas. We were like, “we need Tahiti to say “this is life,” we tried to put on the accent, but it wasn’t working.”
“Fun times are really fun.” Tahiti says joining in, “When we’re on the beach, the first time we had our EP on the radio, hanging out with the boys, and when we’re eating something really good we say, “This is life.” It’s all about enjoying life and being content with what we have.”
Chuparosa are planning a single release very soon, and there are three possible tracks for fans to look forward to.
“We Ain’t Done Yet, Clashin’ and Following the Sunshine. They’re the top three, so it will be one of those but we haven’t decided which one yet.” Michael teases.
Finishing off, Chuparosa explains the heartfelt message they like to send out to their fans on tour.
“Enjoy life; that’s the message we try to send out to our fans at every show that we do. We just want everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves, and that’s a good message because of all the drama that’s going on now around the world.” Mark surmises, “It’s good to just have fun. Even if it’s just having a beer with a friend; enjoy it, enjoy life; enjoy music.”
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