New al­bum de­scribes life’s bat­tles

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SPIT Syn­di­cate’s third al­bum, Sun­day Gen­tle­men, re­flects what it’s like try­ing to find your­self in your mid-20s.

The Syd­ney-based Aussie hip-hop duo – em­cees Nick Lupi and Jimmy Nice – found they touched on a com­mon lyri­cal theme of fig­ur­ing out life sev­eral times in the new record.

‘‘We are both in our mid-20s – it’s not like we have reached a fork in the road – but it’s an im­por­tant time to work out what is go­ing on in our lives,’’ says Lupi.

‘‘We are start­ing to fig­ure things out and find the bal­ance be­tween liv­ing in the moment and plan­ning for the fu­ture.

‘‘Whether we should be fol­low­ing our hearts or fol­low­ing our heads. That tus­sle is some­thing that keeps coming up in the al­bum.’’

Sun­day Gen­tle­man, which features hit sin­gles Beauty In The Bricks and Folly, was re­leased in Fe­bru­ary and de­buted at No.15 in the ARIA al­bum charts.

The writ­ing process for the al­bum was ther­a­peu­tic for the duo.

Lupi says while he and Nice write about ‘‘con­fronting and per­sonal’’ themes, they aren’t con­ver­sa­tion topics that are brought up be­tween mates.

‘‘Songs al­low you to let out a per­sonal part of your life,’’ he says.

‘‘They aren’t things you would put on Face­book. It’s bizarre. Hip-hop has a weird ther­a­peu­tic ef­fect on us.’’

The idea of be­ing pi­geon-holed in the world of Aussie hip-hop is some­thing that wor­ries Spit Syn­di­cate. So, when Nice and Lupi started work­ing on Sun­day Gen­tle­man, they made it their mis­sion to branch out from the stereo­type.

‘‘We try to do things dif­fer­ently in terms of beats and vo­cals – like the strong Aussie ac­cent stuff,’’ says Lupi.

‘‘A very com­mon crit­i­cism of Aussie hiphop is that it does sound very for­mu­lated and can be lame. We wanted to dis­tin­guish our­selves from that.

‘‘ Sip It Slow is a song from the al­bum we are most proud of – it doesn’t sound like Aussie hip-hop, it could be from At­lanta. It’s heart­en­ing that risk-tak­ing can be re­warded.’’

Lupi and Nice both hold down day jobs while they try to make it in the mu­sic world. The jug­gling act can be dif­fi­cult, but Lupi says the added el­e­ment of hard work helps the al­bum shine. ‘‘It’s frus­trat­ing and ex­haust­ing but it’s some­thing a lot of cre­ative peo­ple have to do,’’ he says.

‘‘Noth­ing comes with­out a de­gree of hard work. We have sac­ri­ficed so much but it’s re­ward­ing to have an­other al­bum out.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

Spit Syn­di­cate, Jackie Onas­sis and Ve­gas Aces play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel to­mor­row night.

Aussie hip-hop duo Spit Syn­di­cate – aka em­cees Nick Lupi and Jimmy Nice.

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