The OUTDOOR TYPE – ” The Outdoor Type ” EP

Posted: March 17, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Melbourne’s Zack Buchanan – singer, guitarist and songwriter – was questioning his musical path when he stumbled on a fresh direction. That led to a buzz new indie-rock project, The Outdoor Type – and now an international record deal.
In 2014 Zack serendipitously clicked on a blog about cult ’90s Australian bands – and had a flash of inspiration. “One of the artists was this Sydney band from the ’90s called Smudge – and the song that they had on that was The Outdoor Type,” he recalls. “That was the first time I heard that song. So I listened to that and I thought, this is so good – it’s exactly what I wanna sound like!”Zack felt disillusioned with the music he’d been cutting – “it was getting a bit weird and electronic”. But, on rediscovering classic Australian acts – Paul Kelly, The Go-Betweens, The Church  he began writing anew.

Finally I started to make the music that I actually enjoyed, as opposed to music that I thought would maybe get on the radio or something ridiculous like that,” Zack quips .Zack composed 2015’s eponymous The Outdoor Type EP in a backyard studio, laying down almost all the parts himself. It spawned the popular singles When The Sun Goes Down and Are You Happy. Both attracted Triple J airplay


Yet it was the follow-up single, On My Mind, stomping urban folk, which went viral – eventually exceeding 100, 000 Spotify plays. Ever modest, Zack was surprised to receive a message through his personal Facebook from an enthusiastic A&R for North America’s independent powerhouse Nettwerk Records. “The song got added to a few blogs in the States and they happened to just find it somehow. The head of the label flew over to Australia and I had a meeting with him and then got signed – it was really weird… It kinda came out of the blue.” The Outdoor Type joins the Nettwerk roster alongside other Australian names such as Boy & Bear and Hermitude.


The Outdoor Type is returning with a new single Rumination. Assisted by producer John Castle (Cub Sport, Vance Joy, Dustin Tebutt) and mixed by Steven Schram (San Cisco, Tigertown, Tiny Little Houses), Zack was determined to record live with his band, limiting any “studio trickery”. “I’ve been playing with a live band for a while now and I decided to get them all in – ’cause it’s just a much fuller sound when you’ve got a whole live band playing at the same time.” The lyrics of the new single Rumination suggest self-doubt, but its music is euphorically escapist. “Rumination was written in a period where I was beginning to become fed up with music – or, to be more specific, fed up with working in a call centre and being broke,” Zack says. “The song is about the nature of the modern, routine-driven, fast-paced, nine-to-five, mortgage ’til you die time that we live in. It’s a rejection of that – and, at the same time, a want to prove to yourself, or to others, that you are capable of all those things.” In the meantime, Zack has honed The Outdoor Type’s live show on the local circuit.


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