Interview: Sam Burtt (Residual)

Hi Sam, welcome to Beauty and Lace and thanks for talking to us.

No problem, thanks for having us!

How did you meet and form the band?

I’ve known Nick since we were 5 years old but we met Andy and Josh when we were in High School. We were always jamming and playing in some capacity throughout our teens in different bands with different mates, most of which were Hardcore and Metal acts. It wasn’t until I finished year 12 and had some spare time, that all four of us came together to form Residual. That was back in 2013.

Where did the name come from?

Having all come from so many different musical experiences and influences, we thought ‘Residual’ was a kinda’ cool word to express what remains as a result of all of that. Almost like this band and our music is the sum of those experiences.

How would you describe your sound and who has had the biggest influence on your music?

This is always a hard one. I can’t nail it down to a band or bands that represent all of us but in a really abstract way, I feel like the heavy music scene we grew up in has always really informed our song writing in one way or another. The energy, emotive qualities and this idea of ‘impact’ that we try to bring to every track is pretty reminiscent of our youth.

The new single is All For You, can you tell us about it?

I had to makes some changes to the lyrics just hours before we started tracking vocals for this song, as my girlfriend and I had broken up the day before. I had become accustomed to searching for adversity as subject matter for our lyrics but for the first time there was a pretty pressing issue right in front of me and I felt it would have been a shame not to tweak the song to reflect that. I think it really added a layer to the song that maybe wasn’t there before.


I like to think of All For You as a soppy break up song, disguised as an indie rock track.

Can you tell us a little about the video for All For You?

The video is presented as a kind of one man play, with the other guys being stage hands moving me through day to day life. I then get sick of being in the play, so then I go rogue and smash things with a baseball bat. A fun game to play, is to count how many OH&S issues I was breaching.

The underlying idea was that all of this was taking place for someone who (as we see in the last shot) isn’t there.

How did you come to be working with Jesse Leaman?

We met through another project we were a part of and after seeing his work and how he goes about it we were really keen to collaborate again. He’s been back and forth from the states attending short film festivals for his entry ‘Lorne’, starring Guy Pearce (It’s amazing). Jesse is just one of those guys that oozes creativity and passion for his art and that made this whole production an extremely enjoyable one.

There’s also a new EP coming, can you tell us about Haunt?

Haunt is named after one of the tracks on the EP. We HATE naming stuff, which is why in the past every song is usually a one word title. We thought we’d step it up a notch and throw in a three word name this time (woot! look at us go).

Haunt seemed fitting though. Not only did it mean we didn’t have to think of another name, but it also tied into the key theme of the EP which is, ‘the unobtainable’ and we found the word haunt reminded us of something ghostly or a feeling that can’t be seen or confirmed.

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You have an August residency at The Workers Club Melbourne, can you tell us what that involves?

We are really excited for this! We’ll be playing the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of August with different acts each night and it’s only $3 entry!

Are there plans to tour?

August will be busy! As well as playing the Workers every Monday, we will also be playing a string of shows both locally and interstate. Check out our Facebook for those details.

What’s next for Residual?

At the moment a little bit of touring in support of the single and eventually, the EP. Writing for the next release has already begun whether that takes the form of another EP or something bigger? Only time will tell!

Thanks for your time and good luck with the releases.

Thank you!

THE WORKERS CLUB MELBOURNE RESIDENCY – MONDAY AUGUST 8, 15, 22, 29 | $3 ENTRY

For more about Residual you can find them on Facebook, Residual.com, Soundcloud, YouTube and Instagram.

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