The National, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Glen Hansard
Kevin Dolan Kiran Srinivasan Dan Walwyn Libby Ferris
The National, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Frightened Rabbits, Josh Ritter
Melbourne alternative folk rock outfit Four in the Morning boast a big DIY sound, armed with a catalogue that covers everything from psychopaths, to love, to whether you should kill God.
Having met while playing in very different projects around Australia’s music capital, the four-piece are odd bedfellows at first glance. But a shared fondness of the Simpsons and a willingness to reject genre meant that the group have been able to create something that’s much more than the sum of its parts.
Everything from jazz, folk and ambient rock comes together to create clever considered music that sounds like it might all fall apart at any minute. Their influences include music legends such as The National, Bruce Springsteen, Lucy Dacus, Radiohead, Bonobo, Frightened Rabbit and even Dire Straits.
They chose the name Four in the Morning, taking inspiration from the poet Rives, and wasted no time immediately writing and recording their first EP, Half Asleep. The six-track debut was self-produced and recorded in a living room, bar a little help with drums and one evening spent sneaking into a space to “borrow” a grand piano.
From there, they’ve gone from strength to strength, being nominated for an Independent Music Award, selling out The Gasometer, gaining airplay in Ireland (where Kevin's from) and America (where Kiran is happily not from).
For their sophomore EP this year, the band teamed up with producer John Lee (Laura Jean, Martin Frawley, Lost Animals, Beaches) to channel some newfound energy and take their sound further. Working fast, the whole EP was recorded in one very long weekend. Over five songs, it asks whether it’s safe to feel happy in a world that’s falling apart.
Four in the Morning are an unprecedented product of Melbourne’s musical melting pot and are not an act to be missed.