Jade imagine, Melbourne’s low-fi, slacker-fuzz-dream pop dream band, was destined for greatness from the beginning. Jade McInally, Jade Imagine’s front babe and brains, has been a stalwart of the indie scene since circa 2004. After wending her way to Melbourne from somewhere consistently sunny, McInally cut her band teeth with her own electro project Tantrums. Since then she’s fleshed out scene favourites like Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue) and Jess Ribeiro.
After a spot of bedroom recording in 2016, McInally sent a bunch of demos to Dave Mudie (drummer of Courtney Barnett). Mudie not only gave them the thumbs up, he took the liberty of laying down some drums and steered pre-production. Buoyed by the outcome, McInally set about acquiring her band members, Pied-Piper style. The fluid line-up revolves around Liam “Snowy” Halliwell (The Ocean Party, Ciggie Witch) on bass, producer/guitarist Tim Harvey (Emma Louise, Real Feelings) and James Harvey (Teeth and Tongue) on drums.
Jade Imagine’s first EP What the Fuck Was I Thinking came out on Milk! Records in April, 2017. The EP’s first two singles ‘Stay Awake’ and ‘Walkin’ Around’’ are earning big props: Rolling Stone Australia pegged the lo-fi gem ‘Stay Awake’ as “a shimmering summer-invite track” putting us right back in mind of surf, sun and sky.