Ecca Vandal: “We don’t need all the money in the world, we just need to make sure that we’re having fun”

In October, Ecca Vandal released her bruising, self-titled debut album. Now, she’s on these shores supporting your friend and ours, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes on tour across the UK. Not a bad couple months, really.

Before you see her totally own it – get to know the Aussie a bit better…

Tell us about ‘Broke Days, Party Nights’…

The song really was me at my hungriest, because it’s sort of about me, pretty much broke, having not much money during the writing process of this album – just trying to piece it together.

So, this came out of a little bit of frustration but at the same time I was like, ‘you know what? I love this’, and I wanted to make something that I could dance to and other people could relate to so that’s how the song came about.

It’s a reminder that, while we don’t need all the money in the world, we just need to make sure that we’re having fun, that way we can have a party. We can still enjoy ourselves and have a good time in life without all of the money in the world.

There’s a bit of politics on ‘The Price Of Living’, right?

This particular song was one that was really close to my heart. It talks about the refugee crisis and the Australian government’s view on letting refugees and asylum seekers into the country and it’s a very potent issue – it’s actually happening right now. When I first started writing it, I discovered about how raw and inhumane the conditions were in detention centres. I wrote these lyrics and 6 months later, when it came to putting my album together I was thinking to myself, ‘this issue really needs a voice and it really needs to be heard and spoken about and I would love other people to come alongside me and stand by me on this issue’.

Is that important for you?

I think it’s important if it’s something that you resonate with and this particular issue that I felt very strongly about, and I felt compelled to write about it after I learnt more about the issue. It was something that I couldn’t ignore.

What’s it like being a new artist in Australia right now?

It’s an interesting country, Australia, because we’re so far away from the rest of the world, but I’ve got to say that it’s rich in talent and there’s so much amazing music that’s coming out of Australia and it’s of a very high standard.

I think Australia looks to other countries and emulates different sounds that they’re hearing with trends and what might be popular, what might be on the radio – that is one thing that I have an issue with about Australia. There seems to be certain trends or moulds for a certain female artist to sound like or look like. So, that’s something that I struggle with. My music doesn’t necessarily fit the stereotype of a female artist, so I’ve felt that I’ve been very supported by the turnout to my shows, it’s been incredible.

You’ve been supporting Frank Carter on his UK tour this week. What do you hope people take from your set?

I hope people feel like they can have a party, they can just be free, let go for a little while. I hope they feel energised, I hope they feel inspired because a girl from Melbourne, Australia can come out to the UK and play some of her bucket-list venues, then anybody can do whatever they set out to do.