Image credit: Dylan Jardine
‘Done No Good’ was born out of the fiery depths of despair during the many COVID lockdowns Melbourne faced during the height of the pandemic. Armed with nothing more than a pair of guitars, an abundance of free time and a Netflix account, Auntie Leo’s Dillon Melita and Kole Karavias wrote the song after one of their daily streaming binges lead them to a documentary series called ‘Devil At The Crossroads’, a story about the Mississippi musician Robert Johnson, who many believe sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his otherworldly skills as a Blues musician.
Drawing influences from some of their more punk and rockabilly-inspired heroes such as The Black Lips, Amyl & The Sniffers and The Cramps, the track marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the band as well as a revamped approach to songwriting, fusing their love of all things garage, psych, punk and blues.
To celebrate its release, the band are hitting the road for a five-date Victorian tour hitting the likes of Ballarat, Beechworth, and Gippsland and capping it off with a hometown show at one of Melbourne’s favourite haunts, Old Bar on the 17th of February. ‘Done No Good’ is accompanied by an electrifying music video by long-time friend and White Bleaches collaborator Hugh Warner.
The line between the 1960s and 70s Surf Rock movement and Spaghetti Western soundtracks has always been blurred and the same can be said about Melbourne’s Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers, straight from the real Wild West known as Werribee.
Tired from having been kept awake all night by a friend watching Clint Eastwood’s classic Western ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ at full volume, the band unintentionally formed that fateful next morning in late 2016 during a surf trip, when a misplaced tobacco pouch that was accidentally left on the roof of their car and later found again on the side of the Great Ocean Road on the way home, would go on to become the inspiration for their first demo that was written and recorded just hours later, aptly called ‘Choice Blues’.
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