We had the chance to chat with Ben Townsend from the genre-bending Aussie duo Rest For The Wicked about their new music, including the track “Feel The Same Way“. Check out what Ben had to say about the duo’s music, and the state of the music scene in Australia.

How excited are you to release “Feel The Same Way”?

BT: Somewhat like a child who receives their first bike for Christmas.

Was there a story behind this specific song you could share with us? What made you release it?

BT: I was watching lots of cheesy rom-coms at the time and remember thinking “this whole hour and a half could have been avoided if one of the two just told each other their true feelings from the start.” I think that’s where the song stemmed from and the hook was very catchy for our second release.

When people listen to Rest For The Wicked, what are you hoping they get out of it? What’s your message for your fans that you want to share through this collaboration?

BT: We hope they get exactly what they’re looking for in a song. Our sessions are full of spontaneous feelings that we try to channel and after the process we emerge with a generous ball of light we add to our ever expanding universe. We want every listener to feel accepted when they hear our music because they are.

What can you tell us about the current state of music in Australia? There are so many amazing artists from Australia, but with COVID and tour cancellations, how is the scene staying alive?

BT: Covid stinks and the scene really isn’t staying alive. Lots of musicians we know are getting full-time jobs and saying goodbye to a once promising career in music. It’s depressing but it’s the reality. It would have been nice to see our government give the creative arts industry a few benefits but we are yet to see anything. It’s a letdown :/

Who would you say are some of your musical influences? What inspires your direction?

BT: It could be anything from getting a Vietnamese pork roll from Redfern Bakery to having a nice little shred on a board in Bentleigh East. Everything in life is inspiring. Looking at a fucking tree is inspiring when you really think about it. Minimal objects make us think of music.

Did you always know that music was something you wanted to pursue? How did you get your start?

BT: I used to do a lot of acting when I was younger which was the avenue I thought I was going to head down. My dad was a musician and I dabbled in many instruments when I was growing up but never really got great at them. Rapping came quite easily to me which is where I got my start and now I’m singing songs about love and death. Life’s weird.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians, especially during these times?

BT: Keep your head up and follow your intuition. If it feels right, keep doing it. If it feels wrong then play 99 red balloons until it feels right again. You’ll figure it out.

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