The Preatures shared their most significant single to date. “Yanada” – which means “moon” in the Indigenous Sydney Australian Dharug language – comes a week before the release their highly anticipated sophomore full-length “Girlhood” along with an official video, also released today. Filmed predominantly underwater, the video was directed by Nik Lachajczak and produced by Alison Page, an award-winning creative at the forefront of contemporary Australian Aboriginal design and storytelling.
“When you first try to open your eyes in the ocean, it stings and everything seems blurry, but if you persist, your eyes adjust to the saltiness, things start to become clearer and a whole new world begins to open up.” The band’s lead-singer and chief lyricist Isabella Manfredi shares.“Yanada is a song about doing something outside your comfort zone that leads to a discovery of a different world. It’s a song about a connection to the land I call home, Sydney - a mystical place I realized I know very little about - and the role Indigenous language plays in this connection. She continues.
The song is a collaboration between respected Darug songwoman Jacinta Tobin and front-woman Isabelle Manfredi. “I am so grateful to Darug woman Jacinta Tobin who shared with me some of her knowledge and helped open my eyes to the importance of our First Peoples' language.” Isabella says of the special collaboration between the two women for this single.
The video producer Alison Page explained, “Yanada is a song about Australia facing the truth of its history, so creating a narrative that sees two best friends, one Aboriginal and one non-Aboriginal exploring a world within the dark depths of a river seemed completely appropriate, and a powerful metaphor for reconciliation.”
Inspired by Sydney Theatre Company’s stirring adaptation of Kate Grenville’s award-winning novel The Secret River, as well as barrangal dyara (skin and bones) a work by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi installation artist Jonathan Jones – The Preatures stunning new single takes inspiration from the Indigenous heritage of the Sydney region.
“I feel like the song chose me. Once we realized the song needed an Indigenous voice, it became our responsibility to understand what that might mean for the community, and to listen.” Izzi says, whose yearning for connection and understanding led the band to work with Jacinta Tobin and The Darug Tribal Council to include the Dharug language.
Co-writer Jacinta Tobin says she “hopes for the song to honor my ancestors and strengthen country and help heal all living things. I would like to thank The Preatures for walking with me, meeting family, hearing hard stories, showing respect, learning and appreciating our shared history as Australians.”
Professor Jakelin Troy, Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at the University of Sydney, whose dictionary ‘The Sydney Language’ provided the main linguistic reference for the b-chorus, praised the collaboration between Tobin and Manfredi: “Music is the universal language understood by all people everywhere. The Preatures have created a song that reaches out across Australia and beyond that fuses the universal language of song with the original language of the Sydney region. This music was crafted with Jacinta Tobin, Darug woman and other members of the community and is a very important step in the reawakening of Dharug which is gaining huge momentum.”
The Preatures also worked extensively with Terri Janke, a highly-respected specialist in Indigenous cultural and intellectual property, to understand and follow the protocol for using Indigenous cultural expression.
“This is the first time I have advised an Australian non-Indigenous band on Indigenous cultural protocols for using Indigenous cultural expression. It was good to see that The Preatures not only ticked the box, but embraced the protocols to form strong connections with language speakers and the Aboriginal community. Yanada will promote the importance of Indigenous language but it will also spread the message of consulting with Indigenous people,” explains Janke.
Produced by Lead Guitarist Jack Moffitt, ‘Yanada’ features additional production from acclaimed Australian-Canadian producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, DMA’s), who joined the band in their Doldrums studio in Surry Hills in the early stages of making the record.
Girlhood was mixed by Bob Clearmountain, an industry legend known for his work with David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Divinyls, and Crowded House.
"Yanada" is available NOW.
THE PREATURES SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE "GIRLHOOD"
ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘GIRLHOOD’ RELEASED AUGUST 11
Performing last night at the Sydney Opera House in their homeland of Australia, The Preaturesrevealed to a sold out crowd that they will be releasing their forthcoming
album titled GIRLHOODon Friday August 11th. Available to pre-order now,
To celebrate the announcement The Preatures shared their brand new official video for title track and current single ‘Girlhood."
The dynamic video is directed by duo Joy Collective who through the band’s performance have created a magnetic film clip which compliments Girlhood’s pace and attitude while exploring the element of innocence and adolescence.
The Preatures forthcoming album GIRLHOOD explores the contradictions of being a modern woman. The follow-up to 2014 hit album BLUE PLANET EYES sees singer Izzi put herself front and centre, turning different stages of her life into 11 soul-searching sonic gems.
Five years ago, the band moved into a dingy rehearsal space in Sydney’s Surry Hills and set about transforming it into a recording studio they named Doldrums. It was here where they developed their sound, recorded 2013’s IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL? EP, and for the past 18 months, recorded and produced the GIRLHOOD LP. Their initial plan to carry the momentum from the success of BLUE PLANET EYES into a month-long burst of recording turned into a year and a half of creativity and refinement.
Led by guitarist and producer Jack Moffitt and driven by rhythm section of Thomas Champion on bass and drummer Luke Davison, the band surrendered to the longer process. Jack recorded and produced the sessions, getting some initial help from Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Olympia, DMA’s) and ARIA Award-winning engineer Eric J. Dubowsky (Flume, Nick Murphy).
GIRLHOOD was given a final polish in Los Angeles by mixing engineer Bob Clearmountain, an industry legend for his work with David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen as well as Aussie icons INXS, Divinyls and the Church.
Their debut album BLUE PLANET EYES received critical acclaim across the globe and debuted #4 on the ARIA Album Chart. The band were nominated for 3 ARIA Awards in 2015 for Best Live Act, Best Group and Best Rock Album and won GQ’s Band of The Year Award.
"Girlhood" is available to pre-order from today and the single of the same title is available worldwide now.
“Nobody moves, it’s a movie … How do I look now? Am I beauty?”
That’s all it takes for beloved Sydney band the Preatures to announce their return with Girlhood, a song that deals with the contradictions of modern womanhood while paying homage to the Divinyls, the Pretenders and the Angels.
The title track of the much-anticipated second record is driving and infectious; a call-to-arms for young women to become the heroine of their own story.
Singer Isabella “Izzi” Manfredi demands “Give me heroism, give me what is mine” with the knowing nonchalance you might expect from Chrissie Hynde or Chrissy Amphlett.
With guitarist and producer Jack Moffitt’s sophisticated take on a classic sound, and carried by the rhythm section of Thomas Champion on bass and drummer Luke Davison, the hard-touring band sound tighter than ever.
Girlhood references Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney’s memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl – a brutally honest tale of navigating the music biz as a female artist – and the canon of feminist punk. But Izzi and the Preatures translate these concepts into something more playful.
“I can only speak of my own experiences, I’m not trying to speak for other women,” she says. “This song is about exploring the contradictions of my own identity.”
Girlhood toys with the duality of womanhood; it is strong yet sensitive, forceful yet vulnerable. As Izzi says: “It’s a very self-aware song”.
While it was among the first songs written for the Preatures’ second album, Girlhood went through several incarnations before the band found the right sonic mix of rough and smooth, strong and vulnerable to match Izzi’s lyrics.
The song sets the tone for the much-anticipated follow-up to 2014 hit album Blue Planet Eyes. The Preatures have spent the past year and a half refining a record that reflects their charismatic singer’s growth as a songwriter and the quartet’s development as a recording entity.
The album was recorded and produced by Moffitt at their Doldrums studio in Surry Hills, before the band enlisted acclaimed mixing engineer Bob Clearmountain, who has worked with everyone from Bowie and Bruce to Aussie icons INXS, Divinyls and Crowded House, to give the songs a final spit and polish in LA.
Three years after Blue Planet Eyes – home to Somebody’s Talking, Cruel and the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition winning hit Is This How You Feel? – Girlhood bursts out of the blocks and builds anticipation for the album.
Expect more ear candy when that arrives, but until then Girlhood gives fans a fresh blast from one of the most beloved bands to emerge on the Australian scene in recent years.
"Girlhood" is available worldwide now.