Tainui’s latest single Complacent is a deeply personal and honest snapshot of a transformational time in his life.
“My dad, Terepai Richmond (The Whitlams, Directions in Groove), played the drums in our garage on this track, and as we were tracking, he expressed he felt intoxicated just playing the slow groove.”
A boozy, yet intricately woven, glistening stalactite, hanging from the ceiling of a dark smoky room, the song is an expression of the transition from adolescence to adulthood; finding your feet in a confusing time post high-school hood amongst the social scene of the general public.
“My good friend and excellent sound engineer/producer George Georgiadis spent the week at our house, helping to uncover how each song, on what was to be my EP, wanted to be represented. He helped clarify what I wanted to express in the lyrics in this one.”