A copy of Jeff Buckley’s, Grace was given to a then fourteen year old Ainslie Wills, by her older brother, she remembers clearly putting it into her teac cd/cassette combo stereo and after hearing the opening track was inspired by creating music of her very own. Prior to this her musical upbringing consisted of anything Barbara Streisand, thanks to her Mum, and her Fathers influence was that of various classical composers. If choosing to speak in genres, Melbourne – melodist Ainslie Wills describes her music as Neo – Folk – Rock, although she says that doesn’t paint the whole picture, she, like most artists, is inspired by and transcends many styles. Whether it’s with her fervent five-piece or stripped back to barebones acoustic, Wills’ songs rush at you from unexpected angles and are underpinned by an undulating vocal style that is honest and compels the listener into her world.After graduating from the VCA in 2005 Ainslie created her debut offering in the form of a selftitled EP that she produced and recorded with her own ears, voice and hands. Hungry to collaborate, Wills then formed a three-piece band with fellow VCA graduate Lawrence Folvig (Guitar), as well as Mirra Seigerman (Drums). The trio decided to record their efforts with the help of drummer/percussionist/electro-acoustic performer Joe Talia who tracked and mixed their Ep
Somebody For Everyone’ in 2010. The first single ‘Wide Load’ received critical acclaim and was supported by Triple j who unearthed Wills in 2007.
More recently, in addition to performing in and around Melbourne ,creating a small but loyal following, Ainslie has been working on writing and producing a full length LP in collaboration with her long time musical ally and accomplished Guitarist Lawrence Folvig.Choosing the beach side location of Blairgowrie in Victoria during winter as the setting to record, the pair teamed up with friend, co-producer and engineer Jono Steer as well as fellow band mates with the aim of producing a lush and organic record. They left with the foundation of twelve new songs which Wills says, “is a departure from the last release in that it’s more textural and cinematic in it’s overall sound’ The first taste lifted from the debut LP ‘
You go your way, I’ll go mine‘ comes in the form of a song called Fighting Kind, a song that asks the protagonist to ‘find the truth’ about his or her self. Fighting Kind is driving in it’s delivery resounding with Wills’ edgy vocals and an outro that beckons you to leave an old life behind.The single will be available in mid April 2012 followed by single launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne mid May.
Ainslie plays Baby Black Espresso Bar tonight – Saturday May 26th supported by the awesome ‘Owls of the Swamp’. If you haven’t already booked make sure you get down early to get what ever tickets are left; if any!In the mean time check out the new video for ‘Fighting Kind’ here.