New album describes life’s battles
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.