India Seddon-Callaghan's teenage journey leads to truthful debut

GROWING UP: India and The Journey To The East's debut EP The Sun, The Moon, The Truth showcases an eclectic style. Picture: Alyssa Salamon
GROWING UP: India and The Journey To The East's debut EP The Sun, The Moon, The Truth showcases an eclectic style. Picture: Alyssa Salamon

INDIA Seddon-Callaghan has experienced many rites of passage in recent years as she's made the transition from adolescent to adulthood.

There's been the trials and tribulations of living in her first share house, her spiritual discovery of Buddhism, broken hearts and everything in between. All those experiences have been channelled into India and The Journey To The East's debut EP The Sun, The Moon, The Truth. The Newcastle folk-rock band earned admirers with their single Abundantina last year, and their eclectic five-track recording showcases the four-piece's broad style from indie-pop, Americana to '90s-style folk-rock.

"On the EP we wanted to have a mixture of the different styles we do, the slower ones and the more upbeat punk ones," Seddon-Callaghan said.

India Seddon-Callaghan - I've Been Wondering

Two songs were recorded at Newcastle TAFE, where Seddon-Callaghan studied sound production, while the rest were tracked in a bedroom studio and then mixed by Newcastle singer-songwriter Byren Sawell. Seddon-Callaghan, 19, wrote the melancholy ballad I've Been Wondering when she was 15, while the energetic Teenage Crime was a more recent effort.

"Teenage Crime was about when I was in my first share house and it was an intense experience," she said. "It was fun, with lots of partying and intense experiences, but it's about my struggle of being a very sensitive person, so I didn't really do well in that environment."

The Sun, The Moon, The Truth is launched at Softy's Clubhouse on June 15.

BOWL ONTO SCENE

It's turns out June really is the month for opening new music venues in Newcastle. Following on from the launch of The Family Hotel's Saturday Knights and The Badger's Lair this weekend, Mayfield Bowling Club is also taking live music more seriously. While the Ingall Street venue does host live music, on June 29 it will launch a five-hour five-band free punk showcase. The line-up includes Newcastle's Bitchcraft and The Not Nots, plus Wollongong's Leftards and The Space Boozzies from Woy Woy.

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