One summer night a year and a half ago, two Melbourne artists found themselves unexpectedly co-writing a song. With just a pedestal fan, a beat-up bass, and some empty cups of tea, Didirri and Ro wrote "Tea Stains".
Hailing originally from Margaret River (WA), Ro is a Melbourne-based songwriter with a voice that can caress you in one breath and carve you apart in the next. Following up her glittery confessional debuts "Diary" and "F**ked Up Over You" (over 200k streams, and airplay on triple j, double j, unearthed, FBi Radio, Triple R, ABC, 4ZZZ, RTR + more), Ro is a storyteller with the wry disposition of a charismatic introvert; layering pop-infused melodies with razor sharp lyrics and combining melancholic poeticism with conversational word play. Boasting over 21 million collective streams of the 6-track EP ‘Measurements’ EP since its release in July, Didirri’s honest and thoughtful musings on life, love, and morality definitely made an impact in 2018. From uploading his debut track "Blind You" to triple j unearthed in 2017, and then dropping massive tracks "Jude", "Formaldehyde", and "I Can’t Get Last Night Out Of My Head" and selling out headline tours time and time again, Didirri took his songs from the suburbs of Melbourne to stages all over the world, including SXSW, The Great Escape Festival, Primavera, Splendour In The Grass + more. Now, with what Didirri describes as a "lyrical exploration", and Ro describes as "uplifting" and "breezy" after they"respectively tend to go heavy in our own song writing projects", both artists give you a special collaboration duet –"Tea Stains". Reminiscent of drive-in movies, longing gazes across the room, chipped fine china, silk dresses at sunset, and heartfelt duets as the train leaves the station, "Tea Stains" has a tasteful understated romance that mysteriously reels you in.
Watch the official video for "Tea Stains" here
(Ro and Didirri) "We wrote this a summer and a half ago on a cheap beat up acoustic bass. Didirri’s first single ‘Blind You’ had just been uploaded and we didn’t know what was going to happen. It was nice to unexpectedly bust out a collab song that was fun and quirky. The song is a play on that ‘best friends accidentally falling for each-others’ story, with tensions and unsaid truths over cups of tea. It’s also a subtly sarcastic comment on the idea that a cuppa solves everything. Love is hard to communicate, especially when it sneaks up on you. You just want to spill out all the raw, repressed feelings that you’ve pent up in a friendship or relationship. A cuppa is not just a cuppa, and the tiny tea bag contains all of the real baggage." Written by Ro and Didirri, produced by Hayden Calnin, and mastered by Adam Dempsey, "Tea Stains" is available on all streaming platforms worldwide on Tuesday, March 19.
Didirri + Ro "Tea Stains" (single)
GENRE – INDIE / POP PLAY LENGTH – 00:02:46 LOCATION – Melbourne, VIC
RELEASE DATE – Out Now
Ro – LIVE: March 29 – Gasometer, Melbourne (headline show) April 5 – Waywards, Sydney (headline show) April 6 – Bearded Lady, Brisbane (headline show) May 17 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (supporting Ceres) May 18 – Hobart Brewing Company, Hobart (supporting Ceres) May 24 – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney (supporting Ceres) May 25 – The Zoo, Brisbane (supporting Ceres) May 31 – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide (supporting Ceres) June 1 – Sewing Room, Perth (supporting Ceres)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Didirri – LIVE: April 5 – The Tuning Fork, Auckland NZ (headline show) April 6 – Caroline, Wellington NZ (headline show) April 25 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne (Supporting Hozier) April 26 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne (Supporting Hozier) June 8 – Sea N Sound Festival, Sunshine Coast