Bus Vipers (aka Sydney-based multi-instrumentalist Daniel Ahern) releases an impressive new single, his debut on renowned independent Australian label Future Classic. Bus Vipers is preparing to release a rapturous psych-rock meets blissed-out garage pop debut EP entitled Federal Highway this summer (details forthcoming). In the meantime, the first introduction to the EP is ‘CSIRO Weeds,’ which showcases Ahern’s gift for multi-layered and richly melodic songwriting. Prue Stent and Honey Long, two of Australia’s foremost creative artists today, art directed the surreal video for “CSIRO Weeds,” which boldly – and bizarrely – plays with colors, textures and movements, set against some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes.
Download CSIRO Weeds for free here.
Bus Vipers said about the single: “‘CSIRO Weeds’ references the group-think that college life can create and the film clip video picks up this theme as I am pursued by three homogenised, grey figures. The film clip also takes on the themes of my music more generally. I am haunted by my identity – different pasts and futures and different masks that I have had to wear. I try to federate my different experiences and interests into one whole person.”
Bus Vipers first appeared in 2013, when Ahern – then a 19 year-old college student – quietly self-released his first single entitled Lonely Ghost. He caught the attention of triple j Unearthed where he was named a Featured Artist, and was brought into heavy rotation. Since then, Ahern has been preparing for his first official release.
Federal Highway is the main road that connects Canberra to Sydney, a road Ahern drove many times in the three years he spent as a Sydney native attending school in Canberra. After returning to Sydney after completing school, he built a studio space in his basement to write and record what would eventually form his debut EP. A main theme throughout the EP is the universal feeling of otherness. For Ahern, this is conveyed through his experiences losing his hair to alopecia at eleven years old, being in an unhealthy relationship, and feeling confused by his own identity and stumped by the ubiquity of his peers during his time at school.
Ahern recorded every instrument on the record himself, including the drums which he learned solely for the sake of recording this EP. Bursting with trippy guitar licks, distorted synth and giddy psychedelia, ‘Federal Highway’ is an exciting first look at this up-and-coming artist. “I want to leave people with a really intangible, energised feeling,” says Ahern. Bus Vipers does just that, and the result is a rich and sprawling world that echoes with the warmth of the ’60s, and the kinetic energy of psych-rock. ‘Federal Highway’ is a fully formed and self-assured debut, and an absolute summer must-listen.
For more information on Bus Vipers, visit busvipers.com.