Sep 04, 2018


Welcome to Struggletown. Here the guitars are tropical, handclaps sound happy and ladies caress you with a chorus of "oohs" and "aahs". You’ve got something a modern-day Corny Collins from Hairspraywould jive to.

But in the tradition of great pop, the upbeat mood of Nat Vazer’s new single "Struggletown" belies the darker subject in the lyrics. On closer listen, the handclaps are programmed (read fake), "the sun is always out, but everybody’s up and down". It’s a place where people’s fear and boredom is drowned out by endless rounds of long island ice teas. As Vazer says, it’s "about feeling trapped in an accidental nine-to-five career and trying to escape a toxic workplace".

Vazer is a Melbourne-based songwriter who recently took a break from #officelyf. 

She tracked her upcoming debut EP ‘We Used To Have Real Conversations’ (Due September 21) across multiple locations: including a haunted pub, a friend’s car, and Newmarket studios, with Cal Barter engineering (Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett) and produced by Robert Muinos (Saskwatch).

Already released singles "Keep Away From Parks" and "You’re Winning Me Over" have earned her fans in Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill and The Revue, plus a feature from Tone Deaf/2SER. You can definitely hear her childhood influences from The Beach Boys, but it’s her droll observations that are reminiscent of current favourites like Lucy Dacus and Angel Olsen; and confident vocal delivery that hits notes of The Killers.

Vazer will be celebrating the release of new single "Struggletown" at Yah Yah’s in Melbourne on Friday September 7th.