Raindrop is a collaborative musical project headed by Sydneysider Miles Devine – guitarist for the widely lauded but now defunct psych-rock band Regular John. With Devine at the helm, he enlisted the help of some Sydney-based musician friends as well as super producer SPOD to add the finishing touches to his creations.

Only Hope delivers a doo-wop inspired arrangement that’s dripping with rich psychedelic tone colours and garage rock textures. The groove burns deep into the brain of the listener, imparting a sense of ease and a feeling of ‘everything’s going to be alright’. Miles did a quick Q&A with Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles to discuss the new single.

Is it an exciting time building up to the release of the single Only Hope?
It is! I’ve been creating so much music over the past two years and this is the first song I’ve been able to share with the world from it.

Can you believe how much hard work and time goes in to all this?
YES.. I believe that to create anything amazing, it take loads of hard work and time. That’s the best part of it too.. I spend more time on it than anything else in my life because that’s the only way it can be for me.

How would you describe the single?
It’s an upbeat song that’s about trying to slow down.

The film clip is great, did you have much involvement in that?
Thanks! My girlfriend Hunter and I filmed most of it together, along with Tim, who directed, edited and starred in the clip.

Does being compared with the likes of Mac Demarco & The Flaming Lips meets The Supremes create more pressure or greater expectation?
The Supremes and The Flaming Lips are probably the two most complimentary comparisons I could ask for. It doesn’t create pressure, it just makes me glad to know that people that dig that music might just dig our tunes!. I’m also very fond of Mac Demarco.

Are there any significant influences that have shaped your music?
Other than those two bands mentioned who are amongst the most influential, id say Ween, Grandaddy, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and sooooo many more.. It goes on and on..

How did the band get together?
Raindrop isn’t really what you’d call a “Band” as it’s always just been me writing songs, and then taking them to the studio with a few people who pull it a part and add all the fresh little sprinkles it needs.

Is the album release far off?
Well, it’s done! I believe it will be out around the middle of next year.

What is the biggest lesson you have learnt so far?
As long as I’m doing music, I don’t need to ever set an expectation on how things will turn out, I just need to enjoy growing and be PATIENT.

Any plans to tour Australia more extensively?
No plans currently. The live incarnation of Raindrop has been working away in the science lab to prepare a whole bunch of crazy shit for our live shows so we’ll be touring when that’s ready.

What’s the plan from here?
I plan to record a bunch more songs by the end of the year, hopefully make a few film clips and save some pennies so I can afford to press the album on wax.

Do you believe in the notion that to get recognition that you need to move overseas?
I used to feel like that was the only option but I’ve realised that being removed from most of the world can have it’s benefits. I’d love to live in LA some day but I don’t think there’s any excuses if you live in Australia. Anyone who is truly talented that makes amazing music will eventually be discovered for it here, they just have to persevere a little bit longer.

What’s the next challenge for Raindrop?
Write a better song. That is always the answer.

Interview by Rob Lyon

For more information on Raindrop head to https://www.facebook.com/raindroptheband/

Raindrop - Only Hope Cover Art