We chat to Crystal Cities about their new EP, Who’s Gonna Save Us Now, and working with Thirsty Merc in the studio years after buying their debut album.

Oh hi there. We’re a pop culture website. And you are… 
Daniel from Crystal Cities. We are a three piece indie rock band from Sydney.

We hear you make music. Tell us about your latest release?
That would be correct! Our latest release is the tittle track to our EP Who’s Gonna Save Us Now. We’re real excited to show this song to everyone. We had a great time making it and can’t wait for you to hear it!

Inspo is awesome. Who are your ultimate music icons/inspirations?
For me, bands like U2 and The Beatles are huge music icons. As a band, The Beatles obviously. But bands like Death Cab For Cutie and The War On Drugs are bands that inspire us and encourage us to write and perform the best that we can.

The first album I bought with my own money was…. 
It was Thirsty Merc’s debut album. Not too embarrassing! About 11 years on from buying that album, we actually recorded two songs, which are on our upcoming EP with Sean Carey, the guitarist of Thirsty Merc! He did feel a little old when I told him that his album was the first album I had ever bought.

My fondest memory as a musician is…
Would be the first tour that Crystal Cities went on. For me that was my first time playing a show in a different state/s. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to go on tour again!

On my rider, you’ll find…
Water! I’m not fussy when it comes to having a rider. If I could, I’d definitely have a blow up pool on my rider for when we do any summer gigs/festivals. That would be pretty cool.

If I was to play with one musician/band before I die, it would be…
I’d love to play with Sir Paul McCartney. What an honour that would be. Would definitely ask him to jam on some Beatles classics.

What’s the buzz, tell us what’s happening next?
Once our single Who’s Gonna Save Us Now comes out, we will release our EP and go on a tour around Australia. Definitely follow us on Facebook and any social media as we’ll be giving you updates on how we travel as well as a little tour diary which will be lots of fun. Maybe you can make it to one of our shows? Busy times ahead!

If one lyric could define me, it would be…
‘Living is easy with eyes closed / Misunderstanding all you see’ – Strawberry Fields Forever, The Beatles. Take that how you’d like. But for me, it is a reminder of how you have a choice in how you want to live your life and how you want to treat other people in the world.

My iconic/horrific teen outfit/phase was…
I didn’t have a really shocking teen outfit. Joggers and jeans were pretty bad for me in my early teens. I cringe whenever I see myself in an old photo.

My friends always tell me…
To stop being so funny… Nah, they would probably tell me to stop turning up earlier than I’m meant to. I have a bad (good in a way) habit of showing up to events or a friends place way earlier than when I am meant to. It’s a good and a bad thing.

I know all the words to…
Rap God by Eminem. Not really. I couldn’t rap a single line from Eminem but I’d give singing Bohemian Rhapsody the whole way through a good run for it’s money.

Buying me a round? I’ll have…
Simple, just a nice cold beer.

If I was a rapper, I’d be…
Anderson Paac. He’s such a cool person and has a nice groove to all of his songs.

My lucky charm is…
My Beyond Blue wristband. It goes with me everywhere I go. Sometimes when I take it off it just feels weird. It has most definitely turned into a lucky charm and something that I always wear. Beyond Blue are a wonderful organisation.

The one word I can’t stop saying is…
‘Slippy’, instead of ‘Slippery’. I went over to England for a few months and unfortunately adopted their term for the word. It’s just that one word! But I wish I could stop saying it.

I wish I was…
An astronaut or a pilot. Something to do with being up in the sky. There’s something about it when you are on a plane or when you go skydiving. To be doing that every day as a job would be a lot of hard work but also super amazing.

I would never…
Swim with sharks. As much as I love extreme activities like skydiving or snowboarding. I just couldn’t bring myself to hop in a cage and swim with the sharks. I’ll leave that for someone else!

-Bianca O’Neill / Instagram, Twitter.

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