Debut Album Oh Inhuman Spectacle
Watch ‘Idée Fixe’ Video
Debut European Shows in May
Methyl Ethel photographed by Mia Mala McDonald[L-R: Jake Webb, Chris Wright, Thom Stewart]
Australian trio METHYL ETHEL are the latest addition to the 4AD roster. Their crepuscular debut album, OH INHUMAN SPECTACLE, is out now digitally worldwide, with CD and LP formats on sale in May. The official video for album opener ‘Idée Fixe’ has also just launched – directed by Olivier Groulx (Alt-J, Arcade Fire, Scott Walker) – and can be viewed below
Watch ‘Idée Fixe’
Directed by Olivier Groulx
Hailing from the remote fringes of Perth, Western Australia, linchpin Jake Webb started Methyl Ethel in 2013 as a way of getting his bedroom recordings out in the public domain. The assonant moniker takes its name from the chemical compound Webb’s father uses to make fibre-glass – methyl ethyl ketone peroxide. It was under this pseudonym multi-instrumentalist Webb released the early EP diptych Guts and Teeth.
Like 4AD peers Grimes and Bradford Cox, Webb wrote, played and recorded everything on Oh Inhuman Spectacle. Crafted in isolation its understated psychedelic pop quickly drew plaudits from local media, leading Webb to recruit Chris Wright (drums) and Thom Stewart (bass) – friends from the tight-knit and thriving music scene in Perth – to realise the songs as a fully-fledged band.
With Oh Inhuman Spectacle given a national release by local label Dot Dash Recordings, Methyl Ethel’s impact on home soil has been palpable. The trio has grown into a must-see live act and shortlisted for this year’s Australian Music Prize alongside Courtney Barnett and fellow Perth act Tame Impala. Now, having joined 4AD, Methyl Ethel have the opportunity to take their music to a greater audience.
Leaving Perth for New York’s CMJ conference last year – Methyl Ethel’s first US appearance – their electric live shows impressed tastemakers in the northern hemisphere, and the trio will return next month to play Austin’s annual SXSW conference. Methyl Ethel will also play their first UK and European shows in May, a full list of dates are below. Further ticket information can be found on the band’s official site methylethel.com.
METHYL ETHEL TOUR DATES
March 10 – BROOKLYN, NY, Baby’s Alright
March 12 – CHICAGO, IL, Levitation Chicago at Thalia Hall
March 15-18 – AUSTIN, TX, SXSW
March 19 – SAN ANTONIO, TX, Heatwave at Paper Tiger
March 22 – DENVER, CO, Lost Lake Lounge
March 23 – SALT LAKE CITY, Kilby Court
March 24 – BOISE, ID, Treefort Festival
March 25 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Rickshaw Stop
March 28 – LOS ANGELES, CA, School Night at Bardot
March 30 – SEATTLE, WA, Barboza
April 14 – MELBOURNE, Northcote Social Club
April 15 – ADELAIDE, Jive
April 22 – PERTH, The Rosemount
April 30 – SYDNEY, Plan B
May 17 – LONDON, Shacklewell Arms
May 19-21 – BRIGHTON, The Great Escape
May 23 – LONDON, Old Blue Last
May 25 – PARIS, La Flèche D’Or
May 26 – NIJMEGEN, Merleyn
May 28 – AMSTERDAM, London Calling
METHYL ETHEL – OH INHUMAN SPECTACLE
1. Idée Fixe
4. To Swim
5. Twilight Driving
6. Depth Perception
7. Unbalancing Acts
8. Also Gesellschaft
10. Artificial Limb
11. Sweet Waste
12. Everything Is As It Should Be
Oh Inhuman Spectacle is now available digitally, with CD and LP versions released in May.
Pre-order details for the latter to follow soon.