Sydney’s The Sunday Estate are a rare mix of alt-rock and indie-pop that combine to create an outfit that could soon be your new favourite band.
It was only a couple of years ago that the seeds were sown for what would soon become The Sunday Estate. However, few could have imagined that in such a short space of time, we would be graced with a series of songs so accomplished and catchy, that you’d be forgiven for thinking they were newfound demos of a band whose name once graced stadium marquees.
Showcasing a love for classic rock, post-punk, and indie outfits like The Cure, The Strokes, New Order, Joy Division, The 1975, and more, The Sunday Estate make fun, catchy music, bolstered by serious lyrics that hit you right where it counts.
Having released a pair of singles over the last few months, it was just a few days back that The Sunday Estate released their latest banger, ‘Let’s Stop Pretending’.
Produced and mixed by Ryan K Brennan (Phantastic Ferniture, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Julia Jacklin), the song’s music video was directed by Dane Wang (Bare Bones, Acid Reign), and features lyrical inspiration from Neftlix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
To celebrate this new single, we had a chat with the group to get the lowdown on who they are, what they’re all about, and what makes them tick.
If you’re loving what you’re hearing, The Sunday Estate will be kicking off a launch show for the new single at the Chippendale Hotel on October 24th. Check out all the details below!
Check out ‘Let’s Stop Pretending’ by The Sunday Estate:
Get To Know: The Sunday Estate
How did your artist name come about?
Basically, we cycled through a HEAP of names, at first we called ourselves, Luxuries, then we were Daffodil Dads, The Bumbag Boys, and then we came to a crossroads where we had two names left to decide between. They were ‘Surreal Estate’ and ‘The Sunday League’.
We were really close to choosing The Sunday League but Tom was heavily opposed because he doesn’t like sports. So we blended them together and made ‘The Sunday Estate’, wrote it down on a napkin, signed it off, and when we’re proper famous, we’re going to sell it for a lot of money!
How would you describe your music to your grandma?
Wholesome as. (Finn)
Tell us about a few of your tracks; their titles and what they’re about?
We currently have 3 songs out at the moment! They’re called ‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’ (IDWBA), ‘We Were Kids’, and ‘Let’s Stop Pretending’.
‘IDWBA’ is our first single and all round fan favourite, it’s a bubbly number that takes cues from some of our favourite artists like The Cure, it’s just a cheesy song about the fear of loneliness, whether it’s in your love life or having no mates, etc.
‘We Were Kids’ is a song I wrote about a friend of mine. I don’t see him that often anymore, but we both still love each other like brothers; it’s a weird relationship but a good one. I remember I first showed him the song whilst we were both fairly intoxicated at my girlfriend’s 21st. It was a sweet moment and we both had a bit of a sob together.
‘Finally, ‘Let’s Stop Pretending’ is our most recent single! I wrote it after I watched the cult Netflix rom-com To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s another cheesy love song about two friends falling in love but pretending they’re not just to preserve their friendship.
It’s not something that has happened to me but I remember being inspired by the movie and started to write the story with the lyrics, and the rest kind of fell into place! (Conor)
Check out ‘We Were Kids’ by The Sunday Estate:
What do you love about your hometown?
The Hills District out west of Sydney is quite spacious, something I feel many of us are rarely afforded now. Plus there’s plenty of gorgeous bushland. (Tom)
The inner west of Sydney is just a cultural hub, there’s so much to do eat drink and see, it might be busy and the traffic is average but you’re never bored. (Conor)
Career highlight so far?
Our most recent gig at Mojo Record Bar was, for me, the most fulfilling experience I’ve had so far being part of a band. All our best friends came out to support us and the energy in the room throughout the gig was so positive and fun.
I think everyone in the band felt the vibe and we had a great time. It was capped off by our first ‘encore’, of course spurred on mostly by our mates. (Finn)
Fave non-music hobby?
Lazing around, cooking and eating. I’m pretty sure we also do our fair share of gaming between us. (Dave)
I love going to the beach, now that the warmer weather is coming through there’s nothing better than a good swim to realign my chakras. (Conor)
My League Of Legends rank is getting pretty good after uni. (Tom)
I play a lot of sport and FIFA. (Finn)
What’s on your dream rider?
Honestly, anything other than beer, not that we don’t like beer. Maybe like a couple of nice cheeses and some high quality crackers; nothing gets a party started like cheese does.
Dream music collaboration?
The Cure or maybe like Jack Antonoff, I loved what he did with Lorde’s Melodrama, so I think he would be pretty cool to work with. (Conor)
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully we’re ageing gracefully and making our In Rainbows or something. I’ve always dreamt of having a good musical period in my late 30s. (Dave)
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Conor: ‘Simply The Best’ – Tina Turner
Tom: ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ – The Beatles
Dave: ‘This Must Be The Place’ – Talking Heads
Finn: ‘Chop Suey!’ – System Of A Down
Check out ‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’ by The Sunday Estate:
‘Let’s Stop Pretending’ Launch Show:
Thursday, October 24th
(With John Lawrie & The Welcome Strangers + Ash Hendricks)
The Chippendale Hotel, Sydney, NSW