Sydney indie rock quartet Victoria have a brand new single out today called ‘Favourite Teacher‘, the follow up single to ‘Creative Frenzy’, out on Wayne Connolly’s Scenic Drive Records. The track perfectly captures that laconic, sun-dappled sound of wistful, jangly guitar pop. From The Bats, Sneaky Feelings and the latter day work of David Kilgour (The Clean) to their equals from this side of the Tasman, Victoria know how to write and play economical songs with charming melodies – vocally and on guitar – that bury themselves in your short term memory, twisting and spiralling through your brain.
The video, directed, shot and edited by Don Parkinson of DFAFilms matches the spirit and melancholic drift of the song perfectly as the band play and wander a barren VHS filtered coastal location.
The band have an impressive history across numerous Sydney bands – Cameron Emerson-Elliott (Youth Group), Alison Galloway (Smudge), Patrick Matthews (The Vines, Youth Group) and Max Doyle (Songs). The single is a Doyle penned track that imagines the power struggles in a relationship.
“I’ve gone into a relationship, and agreed to let my partner be my boss,” explains Max about the emotional turmoil detailed in the song.
Ironically, both Alison (drums) and Patrick (bass) are high school teachers.
“I’m looking at the rhythm section and trying to decide who’s my favourite teacher,” quips Max about how the song first popped into his head. Max refuses to say who his favourite is.
You can catch the band out and about in NSW this month:
Saturday 6th August – The Union Hotel, Newtown
Sunday 21st August – Frank’s Wild Years, Thirroul