Sly Withers: “For however challenging it was to dive that deep into our songs, it was equally exciting”

Sly Withers
(Image credit: Shannan Stewart)

There was a five-year gap between Sly Withers’ self-titled debut and Gardens, with the latter album – which arrived last June – presenting a truly reinvented band. Eager to ride its high, the Boorloo-native quartet wasted no time knuckling down on album number three, building on the sentiments explored on Gardens for what shaped up to be their first-ever sequel: Overgrown.

As implied by its title, Overgrown picks up a short while after Gardens, when its protagonists – dual frontmen Jono Mata and Sam Blitvich – had gained just enough perspective to answer the questions they posed on their second opus. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…