Australian singer-songwriter Tim Wheatley has just announced his third single, 78 Benz, from his recent album Cast of Yesterday.
The happy-go-lucky Aussie will be coming home in June for two shows in Sydney and Melbourne before he returns to LA. The son of John Farnham’s manager Glenn Wheatley, Tim originally journeyed to LA to pursue a career in modelling, however, came home a solo artist. Now, he pursues a different dream in folk music.
78 Benz is a rambling, guitar-driven ode to those who follow their passion, despite the rejection and struggle that accompanies it. Produced by Paul Mckercher (You Am I, Sarah Blasko, Josh Pyke) and mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon), the alternative folk/rock troubadour’s effortless vocals float gently atop a bed of acoustic strumming, emotive harmony and country-inspired licks. Drawing inspiration from a despondency stemming from pursuing several different creative projects at once, Tim explained, “I had been in LA nearly a year, playing shows, writing, and turning my hand to other things like modelling and acting. I was juggling three passions, in which rejection is an integral part, and really struggling with it… ironically, as much as it was taking its toll on me, 78 Benz, my favourite song on the record, would never have come about with the absence of struggle.”
The vid for 78 Benz is a charming one and depicts Tim as a creative chameleon, trying his hand at an array of different artistic disciplines with infectious optimism.