Jenny O’Keefe kept up the great work with a quick catch-up with good friend of Upstream Whispers, Sal Kimber, to hear about Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel’s new single, out this Friday.
There’s a whisper around the streets that you and the Rollin’ Wheel will be launching your new single at the Workers Club this Saturday – what sort of musical flavour can we expect to get our chops into on the night?
It’s a little indie roots band cliche to say this but we tend to mesh a few genres together – our live shows are pretty playful and we love to share with our audience a bit of everything. It’s a bit of alt country, a bit of rock and roll, a bit of soul, a bit of folk, even a bit of groove. We love to watch the dance floor come alive and we love to tell a story. The other day someone said we are a mix between “The Carter Family and the B52’s”. Maybe they were referring to our dress sense though!
It’s been a few years since the album Sounds Like Thunder took itself into the ears and hearts of the Melbourne music scene, and I imagine it would be pretty exciting to have something new to offer people. How do you feel about the evolution of your sound over that timeframe?
I started played with The Rollin’ Wheel after I finished recording my last album – three years of festivals and road trips with the same gorgeous line-up has allowed me as a songwriter and us as a band to evolve. It’s allowed us to become more edgy, take risks, find OUR sound essentially, and that adventure will be a constant evolution. I have felt really blessed to have such an ace band playing alongside me. They are all such talented, passionate musicians and close friends of mine. In fact I live with two of the band members (Jacob and my sister Buffy). Half of the album Jacob and I co-wrote in our kitchen over late night pots of tea.
To be completely honest – we all miss Shane now that the album is completed, we had such a fun adventure with him at Yikesville Studio. He is a very talented dude, he challenged us a lot as musicians and as arrangers and as songwriters to find our sound. I know that sounds a bit clichéd, but it is true – he mentored each of us throughout the recording process, a process which was priceless. Shane is like the daggy big brother in your family – a very fun, charming, warm soul, and all five of us kinda fell in love with him instantly.
When can we expect a full album?
Friday 14th October thru Vitamin records- yay!