Melbourne four-piece Jade Imagine have dropped their love letter to low-fi. The slacker/fuzz/dream-pop debut EP What The Fuck Was I Thinking has been released on vinyl, digital and all good streaming platforms today via Milk! Records

Already, the collection of 70's-sounding tunes has gained critical acclaim, with The Music describing it as "a tight six-tracker that grows on you very quickly... saturated with the feeling of summer disappearing irretrievably over the autumnal horizon." and QWeekend explaining, "...points of reference are not difficult to discern but the band channel these disparate influences into their own unique sound".

Jade Imagine take the EP on the road through May with full band in check, playing in Melbourne at the Gaso on May 19, in Brisbane at The End on May 25 and in Sydney at Golden Age Cinema for Vivid on May 27. Supports for each of these headline shows have been carefully selected: announced today are Pearls, Lalic and Poppongene in Melbourne, Low Dive in Brisbane and Noire in Sydney. 

Jade Imagine have a string of additional hometown shows lined up for Melbourne. Including a release day in-store today at Polyester Records at 6pm, supporting Cash Savage and The Last Drinks at the Corner Hotel on May 6 and supporting Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever at The Tote on May 12.

The release of What The Fuck Was I Thinking is only chapter one of the story of Jade Imagine. With it comes news that booking agency New World Artists have nabbed the act for their roster, putting Jade Imagine alongside the best of the best. Jade McInally, the project's front babe and songwriting brains said, "We are stoked to be working with Dom Miller, as part of the New World Artists Booking roster. Dom's values align with ours and it's exciting to be represented by someone so down to earth and good at what they do!”. In response, Miller explains why he had his eye on the Melbourne indie act, “We have had Jade Imagine’s EP on repeat in the New World office since we first got it. Her songwriting and her live show are second to none. We’re so excited to be working with Jade.”

Individually, the EP’s three singles ‘Stay Awake’, ‘Walkin’ Around’ and 'You And I', are earning big props: Rolling Stone pegged ‘Stay Awake’ as “a shimmering summer-invite track”, putting us right back in mind of surf, sun and sky. The 'Walkin' Around' video was directed by Clancy Walker (who's previously directed for Sea Shepherd in Antarctica and made video clips for rapper Allday) with cinematography by Sean T. Barnes (who works regularly with the Underground Lovers). 

McInally cut her band teeth with her own electro project Tantrums in 2004. Since then she’s fleshed out scene favourites like Jess Cornelius’ Teeth and Tongue and backed the best on bass (you can catch her onstage with Jess Ribeiro). With some urging from mates in the know, at the end of 2015 McInally flexed her songwriting muscle, deciding it was time to play ringleader to her own band of musical-mischief makers again. “I’m a songwriter, and it took me so long to realise that,” McInally says. “I need to be writing, because that’s how I feel good.” Picking up a loaner guitar from Dan Kelly, McInally set about writing all of the tunes for Jade Imagine’s six-track debut EP What The Fuck Was I Thinking. 

After a spot of bedroom recording, McInally sent a bunch of demos to Dave Mudie (drummer with Courtney Barnett). Mudie not only gave them the thumbs up, he took the liberty of laying down some drums and steered pre-production. Buoyed by the outcome, McInally acquired her band members, Pied-Piper style. The fluid line-up revolves around Liam “Snowy” Halliwell (The Ocean Party, Ciggie Witch) on bass, producer/guitarist Tim Harvey (Emma Louise, Real Feelings) and Jen Sholakis (East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Jen Cloher) on drums.

Recorded over a six month period at Mudie’s house and in an epic-DIY effort in McInally’s bedroom (it involved a lot of blankets, other people’s mics and a “control room” in the hallway) with both Mudie and Harvey driving production at various points, What The Fuck Was I Thinking is melting pot of mid-sixties Cali’ vibes, the Church (McInally’s favourite band), surf music (of course), T-Rex, Fleetwood Mac, the Triffids and the Go-Betweens. “Whenever I record with Tim [Harvey] we have a little session beforehand and listen to songs from other bands and talk about what sounds we want,” McInally reflects of the experience. “It’s all very measured with him. For instance, on the drums for ‘Walkin’ Around’, Fleetwood Mac was a reference, but so was Neu and that definitely doesn’t come through. With Dave [Mudie], it’s more, ‘like let’s throw some things at the wall and see what sticks’, in a good way.”

What The Fuck Was I Thinking is out today via Milk! Records.


Friday 28 April - Polyester Records, Fitzroy VIC

In-store. Free show.

Saturday 6 May - Corner Hotel, Richmond VIC

Supporting Cash Savage and the Last Drinks

Friday 12 May - The Tote, Collingwood VIC

Supporting Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever. Tickets HERE

Friday 19 May - The Gaso, Collingwood VIC

Headline show - Official EP Launch. Tickets HERE

Thurs 25 May - The End, Brisbane QLD

Headline show - Official EP Launch. Free show.

Saturday 27 May - Golden Age Cinema, Sydney NSW

Headline show - Official EP Launch. Free show. In collaboration with Vivid Sydney.