Perth duo HAMJAM is made up of best friends Hamish Rahn (Ham) and James Ireland (Jam), two creative individuals who make music they describe as “blissed out sadness”. Distinguishing themselves as a band, and not a type of bizarre type of food yet to be invented yet, the result is a melting pot of psych and electronica. Ever the opportunists, Rahn and Ireland started recording together upon gaining access to a studio after hours. Seeing that there was plenty of potential within those late night sessions, HAMJAM was born and continues to remain a sporadic, yet crucial part of the two musos’ lives.
After first gaining attention with the track ‘Cooked’ which was added to triple j rotation, and clocking 80,000 plays on Spotify with the track ‘Love’, the duo are now ready to unveil their latest release, the cleverly titled EP ‘a/s/l’.
‘a/s/l?’ is an earnest and unassuming collection of tracks that muses on feelings of inadequacy, unrequited love and insecurities in a remarkably upbeat manner. Steered by synths that exhilarate on certain tracks and dazzle on others, the band’s hazy instrumentation conjures thoughts of warm summer nights and the thrill of being young, naive and little lovelorn. Pushing sonic boundaries and enveloping the listener in their universe, Hamjam are here to soundtrack your existential crisis. When they’re not creating brain melting compositions together as HAMJAM, Rahn and Ireland tour the world with fellow Perth troubadours Methyl Ethel and Pond respectively.