A Chat with Satellite Train (13.02.24)


A Chat with Satellite Train (13.02.24)

Known for their moving melodies and poetic lyricism, Satellite Train is one of Australia’s most endearing, intoxicating and intriguing bands. Already hitting our virtual desk a few times over the past two years, Satellite Train is quickly becoming a favourite on The Other Side Reviews. We speak with the group about their single ‘Cry’, the album The Melbourne Sessions, what music means to them and more.

OSR: How did Satellite Train come about? What drew you all to music?

Satellite Train: We all played in different bands around the Melbourne music scene in Australia, and through those shared experiences, we formed friendships. Satellite Train started as a fun, experimental collaboration, a chance to explore different sounds and ideas without pressure. While early demos didn’t sound very good, it was a time of discovery and experimentation that laid the foundation for our sound.

OSR: You recently released the single ‘Cry’. What can you tell us about it, is there a theme or backstory?

Satellite Train: ‘Cry’ is part of a larger narrative that is woven throughout our debut album, The Melbourne Sessions. It delves into the experiences of a young girl facing the challenges of childhood loneliness and navigating the absence of her parents. It was inspired by a childhood friend’s experience, but it also draws inspiration from similar experiences shared by others we’ve met along the way. We hope that the song’s message of resilience and hope resonates with listeners and allows them to find a connection to the story.

OSR: What can you tell us about the album The Melbourne Sessions?

Satellite Train: Making The Melbourne Sessions was an incredibly fun collaborative experience. We embraced a live, organic approach. Musicians came in without rehearsals, guided by musical charts, and we used first or second takes. We wanted the album to feel authentic and honest, and imperfections like drifting heavily from the click track helped achieve that. This approach gave the album a unique energy and rawness that we’re really proud of.

OSR: If you could change one thing about ‘Cry’, what would it be and why?

Satellite Train: Emphasizing the chanting vocals in the chorus a lot more. However, we wanted the mixing engineer to provide his own creative input and for that song, his vision was a little different. Doug Brady is an incredible engineer from Melbourne Australia. And we knew if we gave him full creative freedom in the mixes we’d get the best results.

OSR: What do you hope people take from ‘Cry’ and The Melbourne Sessions?

Satellite Train: We hope the lyrics and music resonate with listeners who have faced similar challenges and experiences. We hope the music inspires listeners to find their own strength, embrace vulnerability, and connect with the stories we share.

OSR: What does music mean to you?

Satellite Train: Music on one level is just entertainment and at times also transcends. It’s all about having fun with catchy tunes and danceable beats, but it also serves as a refuge for emotions and a canvas for self-expression. As creators, it allows you to share stories. We just hope that some of our listeners vibe with our tunes and feel a connection to their own experiences through our music.

OSR: Random questions: if you were to introduce Satellite Train to a new listener, which of your songs would you recommend?

Satellite Train: ‘Wings’ stands out for several reasons. The song showcases Michael Paynter’s exceptional vocals, his masterful guitar work, and our willingness to experiment. ‘Wings’ is Michael’s favourite. Michael is probably best known for singing Icehouse’s song ‘Man of Colors’ when he performs with them live. We hope that he’ll be remembered for the upcoming single ‘Wings’ as well.

OSR: Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself.

Satellite Train: Truths: While composing and recording the songs was a smooth process, getting them released proved incredibly difficult. It felt like a minor miracle to finally share them with the world.

Funding has been a constant struggle. It’s just the musicians, no label, management, or team. Every penny for finishing the songs comes from within, making progress of getting the songs completed and released slow.

Lie: I’m filled with confidence about the album’s potential success. The truth is, music is subjective. We release it with hope, knowing it might not resonate with everyone. Most likely, the album won’t receive widespread attention, but we’re at peace with that because we know it will touch some people.

OSR: What is the biggest risk you have taken?

Satellite Train: This entire project has been a huge risk in itself. We didn’t follow the typical musical path. This venture sprung from imagination, and bringing it to life required unconventional approaches and leaps of faith. Satellite Train is all about the risk.

OSR: What can we expect from the Satellite Train in the future?

Satellite Train: We’re already crafting a follow-up album, maybe even a third! Beyond that, our future hinges on the reception of our music and the band itself. Whether people connect with what we offer will guide our path.

OSR: Do you have a message for our readers?

Satellite Train: We poured our hearts into ‘Cry’ and The Melbourne Sessions. We hope you discover something authentic, something a little different from your everyday listening experience. Most importantly, we hope you enjoy it!

Many thanks to Satellite Train for speaking with us! For more from Satellite Train check out their official websiteFacebookTwitterInstagram and Spotify.