“We were in Mexico on a short tour as everything was escalating. When we left, we had a mixing session and a show in Brisbane to return to … instead we came back to two weeks of isolation,” shrugs McDowell. “We then had to finish our album (Automatic, out September 18) remotely over the internet.”
McDowell runs a design studio called Confetti with bassist Tom Shanahan. “We’ve fortunately been able to qualify for JobKeeper.” To keep sane, Big Kev “moved a bit further out from the city to Eaglemont, which made all the walks more pleasant,” he says, lightening. “My bubble was made up of my girlfriend, our cat Marcia, and my synthesisers.”
Mildlife recently scored a City of Melbourne grant to perform a multi-camera live stream and asked viewers to donate to Change The Record, a charity that highlights the impacts of COVID-19 policies on First Nations communities and campaigns for vulnerable people in prison to be released.
“We’d love to be in the same big sweaty room as you, but that’s not happening any time soon,” says McDowell.