Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.124
Mild Orange release their third studio album ‘Looking For Space’ via AWAL – a collection of melting melodies that features the already released ‘What’s Your Fire?’, ‘This Kinda Day’, ‘The Time Of Our Lives’ and ‘Oh Yeah’. Mild Orange will celebrate the album release by kicking off their Looking For Space world tour and playing two x sold-out shows in London.
Looking For Space is the band’s most personal record to date and after spending two albums carefully organising the framed photos and applying an even layer of paint, Mild Orange felt the urge to tear apart the four walls that defined their bedroom pop sound, capturing the wilderness
that lay beyond.
Midway through recording the album, Mehrtens came down with pneumonia and pleurisy, a single breath capable of leaving him in excruciating pain. The experience not only changed the perspective of the rest of the record, but of Mehrtens’ life. “That put me into some pretty dark spaces,” he says. “But I’m an optimist, so I was searching for the beauty in the dark.” Despite hailing from one of the world’s most isolated places on Earth, Aotearoa’s Mild Orange have become a band belonging to the world that have built an international following on the back of songs that unfold like secrets shared between friends and lovers. Their internet-cult following has reached fans from Cairo to Cape Town, Lima to LA, Seoul to Sydney, London to Ulanbutar giving them close to 100 million YouTube views alone.
True to the group’s questing, nomadic form, Looking for Space was recorded in stretches over the last year, compiling sessions in beach houses, bedrooms, and for the first time a proper recording studio – the famous Roundhead Studio in Auckland. “This was our first time working on Mild Orange tracks in a premier studio, and having all that epic gear at our fingertips, coupled with having Studio Manager Paddy’s tech-wizardry engineering abilities on hand definitely jumped us up in quality and texture,” Mehrtens says. By honouring all those different spaces and crafting their own, Mild Orange have not only struck out on their search for meaning but simultaneously found meaning where they were all along.
Looking For Space is out now digitally and on vinyl here.
For details and ticket information to their Looking For Space Tour visit: mildorange.com.
Sticks & Stones: Who would win in a fight to the death between the band?
Mehrt (Mild Orange): Jack is hectic.
Jah (Mild Orange): Jack, 100%.
Barry (Mild Orange): Probably Jack. He’s a psycho. He’s the smallest but definitely the most angry.
Jack (Mild Orange): Me, 3 V 1, wielded with one drumstick.
Sticks & Stones: Have any of you been arrested?
Mehrt (Mild Orange): We haven’t been caught yet.
Jack (Mild Orange): Yea, I jumped a fence into a festival. As I was running away from security with a smirk on my face thinking “I’m away here” then bomfa! I got absolutely T-boned and slammed to the deck by a large female cop. Mum and dad saw me on the news getting shoved into a paddy wagon.
Sticks & Stones: What’s for dinner?
Mehrt (Mild Orange): Feelin’ tacos.
Jah (Mild Orange): Braised rabbit pappardelle.
Barry (Mild Orange): Barry’s bread.
Jack (Mild Orange): Hopefully a spicey ramen that blows the beck end out of me.
Sticks & Stones: Who don’t you like?
Mehrt (Mild Orange): Jack when he’s hungry.
Jah (Mild Orange): Donald trump.
Barry (Mild Orange): Dolores Umbridge and tomato eaters.
Jack (Mild Orange): People who get offended too easily. And David Warner.
Sticks & Stones: Draw some self-portraits.
Mild Orange: (See illustration).
Sticks & Stones: Best day together as a collective?
Mehrt (Mild Orange): Our tour crew lime scooter squadding through the streets of Paris to the Eiffel Tower.
Jah (Mild Orange): Climbing the Teotihuacan pyramids which are north of Mexico City while there for a festival in 2019. It was unreal. Finished the day with dinner and beers at our local taqueria where we befriended the chef, Luis. His tacos al pastor were out the gate.
Barry (Mild Orange): All Points East Festival, London, 2019. Our first overseas festival, playing alongside Toro Moi, Kamasi Washington and The Storkes!
Jack (Mild Orange): Surfing on a hot summers day circa 2018 in Mt Maunganui.
Sticks & Stones: Worst thing ever to happen today?
Mehrt (Mild Orange): Toast burt.
Jah (Mild Orange): Running out of marmite.
Barry (Mild Orange): Applying my haemorrhoid cream.
Jack (Mild Orange): Barry applying haemorrhoid cream, while Mehrt made me burnt toast with vegemite.
Sticks & Stones: Last nightmare you remember?
Mehrt (Mild Orange): It’s always some super intense and really feeling paranormal shit.
Jah (Mild Orange): I turned into a cabbage.
Barry (Mild Orange): Jack learnt how to play bass. Shit Mehrt that’s hectic man.
Jack (Mild Orange): Leaving New Zealand.
Sticks & Stones: How do you deal with getting dumped?
Mehrt (Mild Orange): Record a soppy banger in my feels.
Jah (Mild Orange): Probably get on the piss with my mates.
Barry (Mild Orange): Haven’t been dumped since I was about 16. It sucked. I cried.
Jack (Mild Orange): Tinder Premium.
Sticks & Stones: Give us some shitty advice.
Mehrt (Mild Orange): Not too much. But all at once.
Jah (Mild Orange): If I could take a chill pill that would be great.
Barry (Mild Orange): Warm up your hemorrhoid cream before applying.
Jack (Mild Orange): Check yoself before you Shreck yoself.