Get to Know: Sullen Post-Punk Artist ENOLA

Sometimes it only takes one song to know that you have to expect great things from an artist. Naarm/Melbourne-based post-punk artist ENOLA released ‘Strange Comfort’ today, a single explicitly splashed with myriad inspirations that also retains a vital individual spark.

As ENOLA performs on the track, there are hints of King Krule’s sullen dynamism; they are reminiscent of the powerful charisma of Jehnny Beth in her Savages heyday. After forging a formidable reputation as a live performer, there is a rawness that still shines through on record.

There’s also a brutal Berlin vibe to “Strange Comfort”, the track propelling forward with intense darkwave energy. It helps because ENOLA participates in a crowded post-punk field: from IDLES and Shame in the UK to Romero and RVG in Australia, the revival of the genre that began just before the pandemic simply shows no signs of slowing down in 2022.

But the singer’s enigmatic presence, combined with his dramatic storytelling, feels more than capable of helping them stand out. “There’s a strange comfort within us all going through the same thing,” ENOLA says of the track. “It is comforting to know that suffering can be a universal experience. We are alone, but together in our solitude.

“Strange Comfort” is accompanied by an evocative music video directed by Triana Hernandez. “This video is inspired by various visceral memories from Ruby’s teenage years,” Hernandez explains. “Rather than recreating specific moments, we wanted it to feel like a dream state with snippets that revolve around those memories.

“I think it was more important for us to focus on the feeling of those flashbacks — feelings that oscillate between dark and soft, unbalanced and light — and all at the same time with a strong urge to live.”

If you want to see ENOLA in their live element, the singer will be releasing the single with shows in Melbourne and Sydney in September, as well as performing at this year’s BIGSOUND.

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To celebrate the release of their new single, we caught up with ENOLA as part of our Get To Know series to find out more about their life and music.

ENOLA’s “Strange Comfort” is now available.

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How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?

I’m not sure how I would personally describe it, although someone told me very recently that they thought it sounded like “The 90s Patti Smith that never happened”. Stylistically, I’d say it’s quite inspired by modern post punk and grunge.

Tell us about “Strange Comfort” – what is it?

Essentially, at the heart of the song, there is a “strange comfort” of knowing that everyone is hurting, everyone is feeling lonely, everyone is crying, but in those moments of loneliness there is also this comfort of knowing that ‘you’re not the only one’ feeling these things.

What do you like in your hometown?

It would be hard to say what my hometown actually is because I’ve lived in quite a few places that I could consider my “hometown”. Since I have been in Melbourne for the past few years, I have to say that I love the aura of creativity, music and art that exists in this city. I hate the cold though.

Career highlight so far?

Supporting RVG and Divide & Dissolve were both pretty special to me, they’re two bands that I really look up to.

Favorite pastime outside of music?

Stairmaster at the gym. This slut is brutal.

What’s on your dream rider?

Very good coffee, coconut water and delicious vegan food.

A dream musical collaboration?

My God, there are so many. I would love to do a song with IDLES, I would also really like to do a song with Romy from RVG.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Living overseas of course, as I have never lived outside of so called Australia. Obviously, continuing my practice and my art as well, and continually doing things that make sense to both me and others.

What’s your favorite karaoke song?

I’ve never done karaoke! I think if I did, my songs would either be ‘Rebel Rebel’ by Bowie or ‘Creep’ by Radiohead.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

It’s hard to pinpoint one thing in particular given the amount of advice I’ve received over the years. I guess one thing I’ve been told lately is to practice radical compassion.

What is your obsession that no one would guess after listening to your music?

I’m really into muscle cars. I want a Mustang – anyone who wants to buy me one contacts me.

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