New Zealand’s dreamiest band Mild Orange today share the final taste of their forthcoming album Looking For Space – before its release on Thursday 10 February. ‘Oh Yeah’ is accompanied by a beautifully shot music video of a couple exploring the surf town of Biarritz, France.

Who were your musical influences growing up?

Mehrt: Burt Bacharach, Mount Kimbie, Ennio Morricone, skate videos, my parents and my siblings’ tastes.

Jah: Wilco, The Strokes, Dinosaur Jr., A Tribe Called Quest,  the list goes on.. 

Barry: The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Hannah Montana, Vampire Weekend and Neil Diamond

Jack: Kings of Leon, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and the music my dad listened to such as Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and The Rolling Stones to name a few. 

Tell us about your new single Oh Yeah

Mehrt: It’s a song about something coming from nothing. 

Jah: The video for ‘Oh Yeah’ was shot in Biarritz by Simon Levalois-Bazer on Kodak 16mm film. Simon nailed it, it’s a perfect accompaniment to the audio. It features a 70s-style couple (Clothilde Pasquier and Evan Lunven) enjoying their day and each other’s company while mulling about the coast of Southern France. What a dream. 

Barry: Much ado about nothing

Jack: From Carters Beach to the world, we recorded “Oh Yeah” at a beach house I grew up in

How did Mild Orange first form? 

Mehrt: Jah and I were flatting together, writing songs. The four of us were all studying at university at the time. We were lacking a rhythm section so I asked Barry if he’d like to play drums since I knew he could play. He said no, but he said he’d play bass and introduced us to Jack to drum. We’ve always loved getting together to play and record all over New Zealand and I’ve been producing and engineering the records since the start.

Describe your music in 3 words  

Mehrt: Melty, uplifting, thoughtful

Jah: Nostalgic, instrospective, euphoric

Barry: Genuine, Glistening, Large

Jack: Melancholic, timeless, mellow 

Are there any artists Mild Orange would love to collaborate with? 

Mehrt: LOONA, Yayoi Kusama or Neil Young

Jah: Kendrick Lamar, Jorja Smith, Arlo Parks and Damon Albarn. Perhaps a stretch from the artistic norm but would love to collaborate with some geniuses in the culinary sphere. Yotam Ottolenghi or Chad Robertson would be sick!

Barry: Khruangbin, Tishk Barzanji

Jack: The Wiggles

Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs? 

Mehrt: Experiences, spaces, the mood of the world, and the tempo’s of life

Jah: By seeing and hearing other musicians. I find my musical output peaks at times when I have been consuming more music. 

Barry: Everything and anything. I can’t pinpoint one particular thing, it just happens.. 

Jack: When I watch music documentaries or read musicians autobiographies I get the bug to play music 

What can you tell us about your new album ‘Looking For Space’? 

Mehrt: We recorded it in 6 spaces around Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s much about life.

Jah: It’s my favourite album of ours to date. It’s different, while still very much being MO. 

Barry: The title is very apt. The album touches on many different genres and themes throughout

Jack: It releases on February 10th!

You’re playing London Jazz Cafe on the 10th February – what can we expect? 

Mehrt: Expect us to be smiling all night with excitement. This will be our first time playing outside NZ for over two years, so we are absolutely gonna send it. And expect a powerful, pensive and very groovy set.

Jah: This one is gonna be special. We haven’t played outside of NZ since 2019 and we are so damn excited to do so again. There will be a lot of energy in the room that night. Plus, London is our new home away from home! Consider this a wild welcoming party.

Barry: Powerful, pensive and groovy is exactly right! We can’t wait to play overseas again!

Jack: A lot rockier, punchy and a bigger sound than the recorded albums 

By Siân Parker