Exploring the landscape of how humans relate to each other when dignity is removed from the equation, Marville’s new single Thinking Sense, is an anthem any share houser will appreciate.

Written while front woman Ash Kerley was living in an old Queenslander with an undefined number of housemates, Thinking Sense documents the highs and lows of communal living, giving roomies some insider tips on how not to be the housemate that drives everyone crazy (you know the one).

“At certain points in life you achieve a particular symmetry, where your external and internal environments mirror each other,” said Ash.

“This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but in a share house, if you look around the room and need to pick up more plates than clothes to reach your guitar, you probably have a song there.”

While Ash hasn’t lived in a share house for years, she says she always enjoyed the sense of community and feeling like part of ‘the gang.’ As for her top tip for those currently cohabitating?

“It’s always worthwhile keeping a spare bowl and some cutlery in your room.”

With that in mind, here’s some more share house truths from one housemate to another…


  1. There are no flat floors in a share house. Every piece of furniture will lean away from every other piece of furniture.  And all the furniture comes from kerbside collections.
  2. The member of the house with the worst taste in music has the loudest stereo and the least physical requirement for sleep.
  3. The idea of privacy varies from folk tale to abstract concept.
  4. No matter how many spring cleaning working bees your house has, you will never get rid of that slight odour in the living room. It is eternal.
  5. Nitrous bulbs abound.
  6. If you hear stories about other people’s weird housemates and think “I don’t have any weird housemates” I have some bad news for you…

Listen to Thinking Sense (below) and get your hands on more of Marville’s marvellous music when their second LP Terra Alpha drops this Friday, 30 March. Marville play Brisbane’s The Bearded Lady on 20 April.


Feature image: Gerard Glynn