In 2013 a tiny and enigmatic musical nebula was born with the sudden and unprompted release of A.D.K.O.B’s single Lung Capacity. The expected progression to follow such a strong and startling release like that is live shows and more music, this didn’t initially happen. Various full band line ups failed to germinate and unfinished demos bounced around the hard drives and cranium of the project’s creator, Mark Piccles. Not until 2015 did A.D.K.O.B start to generate the gravity and density that was deserved and expected of it.
Follow up single ‘glue’ and selt-titled debut EP released in late 2015 has further cemented A.D.K.O.B’s distinct low-fi indie groove that harbours an unforgettable tone and ambiance. Attracting the inquisitive gaze and attention of tastemakers like KEXP, Music Feeds, Tone Deaf and The Global Discovery Playlist on Spotify. Both singles ‘glue’ and ‘ghost’ receiving high rotation airplay from triple j and alternate music stations FBi, 4ZZZ and PBS. The track pricking the ears of the Unearthed team so much it earned them the honor of opening St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Sydney at the main stage.
When quizzed about his production process Mark explains the constant stream of often unrelated ideas being laid down in his bedroom, With only a small fraction making it into fully formed songs.
“I still started in the bedroom, with a crappy microphone and an idea that seems a bit wild. When I’m tracking stuff it’s best not to think too much about it. I call it the ‘green light’, if there’s a green light in my head, I just do it.”
The true prolific nature of Mark’s songwriting and production abilities becoming apparent when admitting he has over 8 hard drives full of song ideas and demos.
Coming into 2017 after completing numerous national tours and high profile supports such as Montaigne, Sticky Fingers, Bad//Dreems and Dappled Cities the band have announced their first international suppport with Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on the 10th upcoming lead single Less and Less.
Less and less opens with a driving and almost tribal like rhythm. A frantic chaos of percussive sounds build the groove of this three minute totemic chant. With Mark’s vocal chorale soaring above the mix it gives the song melodic and lyrical essense. The chorus ‘give me something I can take, give me something I can taste’ is desperate cry of incompletness, mediocrity and an intense yearning for something more. The swarm of samples and vocal rounds build in the track bringing a welcoming warmth. During the the recoding process Mark looked to household items for sampling, the sound of a smashing glass making the cut. The single is an obvious example of Mark’s captivating songwriting prowess and his brilliant production ability.
The band are also pleased to announce signing with Wonderlick Recordings (Holy Holy, Montaigne, Amy Shark). Less and Less being the first single released via the label. Mark and the band are extremely pleased with the partnership as he explains; “I am so grateful to be working with people who appreciate and align with our goals as a group so perfectly. The experience, knowledge, support and creative freedom they have given us so far has been refreshing. We are so excited to be on such a talent-filled roster working with people who truly understand what we want from our growth.”