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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 15:07

Stanton Warriors: Hot Air Balloonists

Fresh off the release of their latest album, multi-award-winning UK act Stanton Warriors return to Australia — and more importantly, Brisbane — this weekend to headline Adicts' new Sunday afternoon party event, Dumi.

Enjoying international success since their 2001 compilation 'The Stanton Sessions', the Brit lads are unrivaled in their ability to produce slamming party tracks.

Tell us about your latest album, The Stanton Sessions Vol. 4?
Stanton Sessions 4 is a collection of tracks that we have been playing out in our sets over the last year.

You've had massive fan love from your festival gigs and other albums. Your sound sort of refuses to be boxed into a particular genre. What can Stanton fans expect from this latest release?
Lots of Stanton exclusives, edits and remixes all tried and tested around the globe.

You're won a whole swag of awards for your previous albums, including Best Compilation at the Muzik Magazine Dance Awards for Stanton Sessions Vol. 1. Do you feel the pressure is on after your international success with the previous Stanton Sessions mixes?
There is always pressure on but we just concentrate on what we like and think is cool as opposed to jumping on the latest trends and so far that seems to work well!

Following the release of your 2011 album The Warriors, you enjoyed massive airplay on Triple J and sold out shows across the country. How do your Aussie gigs compare to those in other parts of the world?
We love coming here as the crowds know and demand decent music and tight sets. Something we are keen to live up to. It beats an uneducated crowd who just want pop dance!

You're headlining Brisbane's inaugural Dumi 'garden party' this weekend. It's a solid line-up. Are you excited to be involved the Adicts crew?
Of course! We are friends with all the Brisbane crew and they always rock out a good party. Factor in 'garden party', 'afternoon', 'beer' and 'sun' and we are happy.

You've mixed tracks from internationally-famous artists including Kanye West, Jay-Z, and The Beach Boys. What would you consider the ultimate song to remix?
Hard question to answer. If anyone has got any suggestions let us know on our Facebook page!

What sort of mischief will you get up to while you're in Brisbane?
Probably get loud and drunk then orchestrate a never ending after party. Pretty standard antics.

Strangest tour story you've ever encountered?
Drunk at an after-party in Canberra once we talk a hot air ballon into landing, letting us jump on board then floated over the capitol off our heads.

The Stanton Warriors will bring their unique brand of remixed and original sounds to Cloudland when Dumi takes place this Sunday March 24.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 06:13

The Birdmann: Performance Art

Back for a ‘heart-stopping’ show, The Birdmann will try and demonstrate that one person’s trash can really become a treasure.

Physically stopping his heart on stage mid-performance (as proven by a volunteer from the crowd), is one of the few tricks comedian Trent Baumann has prepared for Brisbane audiences in his upcoming tour.
“While the Birdmann is looking for love, things get a little bit drastic on stage. I do a very old sideshow act where I get a volunteer from the audience, they check my pulse, and I’ll get them to communicate to the audience that my pulse has actually slowed down until it stops. It creates rather an interesting dynamic in the room,” Trent says.

Keeping true to his avant-garde performing style and not afraid to stand out, Trent aims to redefine what we see as treasure and incorporates ‘trash’ into his show in a way we never expected.

“In this show I do an ‘iron-walking’ routine where the iron acts as a dog and we do tricks together. The act came about because I accidentally burnt the lead of the appliance once and was touring on a bus around Australia. So instead of throwing it out or trying to get it fixed I incorporated the iron into the act. It’s all just about being lateral and using your imagination. Instead of throwing anything out, transform it.”
Finishing with a height-defying show-stopper scene performed in five inch, size eleven black stilettos, Jack says the audience should expect the unexpected.

“The finale of the show, which is an alternative interpretation of a mime dance, is a routine done in stilettos. I originally got to do the routine at the Sydney Opera House as part of a cabaret where I was a special guest act. So that will be a really great finale to the show and audiences will get to have a lot of fun as well.”

See The Birdmann perform 'In the Events of Momentous Timing' at the Judith Wright Centre March 22 -23.
Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 05:58

Pez: The Game

It's been what seems like an age since Pez's 'The Festival Song' brought a new twist to Aussie hip hop.

With his clever splicing of soulful sounds and uncanny observations, the Melbourne rapper had the nation at his finger tips. But an unexpected and extended bout of illness brought it all crashing down.

“During my last album cycle I started to get really unwell and lost the plot for a little bit. I had lost a lot of weight and my eyes were bulging out of my head so I was looking pretty freakish. I was in a bit of a dark place for a while so I ended up stepping back from music for a bit just to figure what the hell was going on.

“It was nearly a few years where that consumed a lot of my time and energy, and suddenly people were saying: ‘Oh awesome, your new album must be nearly ready, when's it coming out?’ And I'm just like ‘shit, I haven't even written a song’. So it was pretty daunting and scary because there was a bit of expectation from certain people, so I sorta had to start from the bottom again to figure out what I liked and what kind of music I was going to make.

“But I've always had strong support from my family and close friends which has been awesome, but it was one of those things where you do feel like you’re in a bit of a hole on your own, and as much as you get support from people at the end of the day it falls on you to actually pick up the pieces and get it together.”

With artists such as 360 and Seth Sentry rising to swift prominence, Australian hip hop is now a staple of Australian radio. But it also sparked Pez to pick himself up and start making music again.

“The scene itself has changed so much. I remember when I first came out, Australian hip hop was just starting so you were doing a lot of the hard yards and trying to break through to people. Even the idea of saying you wanted to be a rapper was a bit of joke. Whereas now, even a few years on from that, suddenly people are going platinum and winning ARIAs – it seems a lot more chaotic, there's a lot of love and support and everyone wants to be a rapper.

“My contact with Six and Seth definitely helped. To see them start to really excel makes you think that it's possible and helped me get the motivation to get back out there.”

With nowhere to go but up again, Pez found new life and energy following a particular show that overcame his fear of performing and helped him realise exactly what he wanted to do with music.

“I played this show in Melbourne and was worried no one was going to turn up but there was a turn out of like 700 people. I was playing a song called ‘Heavenly’ that I had just written about my parents who were actually at the show. And the whole crowd was just in it with me, rapping every word and I had never experienced anything like that. That's what I've always wanted – to connect with fans on a deeper level and that gig was a turning point for me when I had this huge break – to bring that live emotional energy back into the recordings.”

Now with a huge headline tour across Australia on the horizon, a healthy and revitalised Pez is ready to pick up where he left off. His recent single, 'The Game', is already making headways around Australia and his long-awaited sophomore album is set to improve on his already diverse and unique formula.

“I'm pretty excited. I'm drawing on a lot of different things. There are some songs that come to me a lot more naturally ‘cause I listen to a lot of older music from the '60s and '70s. So I tend to be in a bit of a time warp and I naturally want to have those influences come through in my music. But then I have other songs that feel a bit more modern and quite epic which felt awesome and refreshing for me to have different colours showing on the album. I think it’s  sonically bigger and more impressive than anything I've ever done and ever expected to.”

Pez Performs at The U/18 Festival, Live It Up, at The Rna Showgrounds April 13. He has his own headline shows at The Brewery, Byron, April 11, Cooly Hotel April 12, The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, April 13 And The Normanby Hotel April 14.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 05:34

Katie Wighton: Nerve Defying

Combining jazz and ‘scissor chords’ is all in a day’s work for Katie Wighton as she embarks on her first national tour.

“I guess I really love that classic songwriting but I also really love sort of throwing people a little bit, I don’t think I do it on purpose though,” Katie says. “We throw in odd chords that people wouldn’t expect, and Brian Campeau who produced my EP is the master of that. He plays the guitar with scissors in one take, and he recorded a bunch of guitar takes and played them in reverse for other tracks. I studied jazz at uni and that comes out sometimes as well, so it's not just a traditional harmony many people expect.”

Being forced to overcome nerves early on has made things easier when performing, Katie says.

“I remember the moment when I stopped getting nervous. I was at uni and I was about to go on stage and realised my water bottle was empty but stupidly picked that moment to go and get water. I was walking back from the bubbler and I heard them announcing my name and I had to run to get on stage. By the time I was on stage they were playing my intro, so I really had to take some deep breaths and centre myself and that was the last time I remembered being super nervous.

“Now when I get nervous I have a little run or I jog on the spot or do something physical and get rid of all the bad nerves, and [I’m] left with the really great stuff that lets you perform well.”
Experiencing both the good and bad that comes with having fans, Katie says without them the music industry just wouldn't be the same.

“I did have a stalker last year, who I ended up having to get an AVO against, but apart from that  my fans are all lovely people. They're people who are music lovers and go to every gig and that's so beautiful. There are people that I've met at gigs who are in my liner notes for my EP because they’re the people that make live music a necessity.”

Katie Wighton performs at the Brisbane Powerhouse MaR 24. Katie’s latest EP, ‘You Are Here’, is available now.
Published in Pop/ Electro
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 20:08

Jack Dee: Comedy In Preview

Returning to the stage after six years, comedian Jack Dee is back and bringing his new show down under.

The UK comedian, actor and writer is bringing his 'An Evening With Jack Dee' tour to Australia for four shows only and it is a show about agonising over the slightest of annoyances and misdemeanours.

This time he has a bone to pick and Jack says there's a large misconception he needs to address with Aussies. “I think one of the things I will address when I come to Australia is the idea that the British are whinging Poms. I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy, but the glass is cracked and it’s slowly emptying out. I’ve been to Australia a lot of times and toured around, so I like the place. I like the space you have there, the kind of outdoor feel, it’s pretty good and I’m looking forward to that.”

Avoiding the normal and expected, anything can and has happened at his shows. “I’ve had occasions where the power has failed and I've had to do the show in the dark without sound or lighting. I’ve had fire alarms go off, I’ve had someone streak across the stage at one point. I’ve had bomb scares, and all kinds of stuff go on.”

Not willing to disappoint his audience, the show must go on, and on it goes. “In a sense those moments have to become part of the show and that’s what’s expected of you as a comedian from the audience. In a way that’s what the audience are there to see — a live show rather than a DVD.”

The winner of the first season of Celebrity Big Brother, co-writer of the semi-biographical sitcom 'Lead Balloon', and presenter of BAFTA-nominated show 'Jack Dee Live at the Apollo' in 2005, Jack is not a man led astray by superstitions. “If I detect a superstition beginning to creep in, I deliberately squash it straight away. If I feel ‘I had a good show, it must have been because I had red socks on,’ then I’ll deliberately not wear red socks the next show to prove to myself it’s not that. That way of thinking is quite dangerous; you can get a bit distracted by it all, so it’s good to nip any kind of suspicion in the bud.”

Watch 'An Evening with Jack Dee' at the Tivoli on Tuesday April 23.
Published in Comedy
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 20:04

Trivia: Theatre In Preview

Brisbane Arts Theatre has a cracking collection of productions lined up for 2013 and the latest, 'Trivia' looks hilarious.

The play, written by local Brisbane author Stephen Vagg ('All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane'), is a laugh-out-loud comedy that has its own Trivia Master. Directed by veteran Ali Kerr, the story revolves around Michaela, who decides to get a team to enter a trivia competition. What happens next will change their lives. Two members of the cast — Cindy Nelson and Francesca Gasteen explain more.

Describe this show in 5 words?
CN: Funny, Charming, Honest - like me!
FG: Love. Life. Loss. Laughter.... and the friends that get you through (more than five words, sorry!)

What part do you play?
CN: I play Michaela, who gets the trivia team together.
FG: My role is AJ, the loveable and slightly neurotic best friend to Cindy Nelson's Michaela.

How did you become involved in this production?
FG: Cindy and I had the amazing opportunity of being in the original production, along with Steven Vagg, the writer, which played to sold out crowds at the Metro Arts in 2006. We've always had a particular soft spot for this play and when we heard the Arts Theatre had included it in their 2013 season and that the wonderful Ali Kerr was directing, we had to audition!
Your best line from the play?
CN: “Fell off a roof, did she?"
FG: “Australians don't give up, unless it's really, really hard”

What's your favourite trivia moment from your life?
CN: Playing trivia with my mum and step dad in a small English village for my mum's 50th birthday
FG: I get a little too competitive in pub trivia surrounds (it's something I don't like to talk about). So it'd have to be that feeling when you're playing Trivial Pursuit and you get all of the pieces of the pie.

Why should audiences come see this?
CN: They'll laugh. They'll cry. They'll wish they could shout out the answers.
FG: Primarily to have a good time - to laugh and maybe shed a tear with these highly relatable characters and situations.
Any crazy/ weird/ funny behind-the-scenes stories?
FG: There was a particular afternoon when Ali & Kym, our assistant director, took us to a pub to soak up the atmosphere so we could replicate it on stage and it turned into the best rehearsal of any production, ever. Especially with the addition of some unlikely cohorts in the shape of backpackers on a pub crawl!
CN: Yes! That rehearsal really tested the resolve of the actors to keep straight faces.

What's your top trivia tip?
CN: Go with your first answer. Then see if anyone else has the right one.
FG: Refrain from taking your smart phone to a trivia night. It can prove too tempting!
What do you want audiences to say as they leave?
FG: That they had fun — and that they'll tell all their friends to come along!
CN:   Awwww.

Anything else readers should know?
CN: See it. You'll regret missing out when your mates tell you how good it was!
FG: If you've ever wanted to feel a part of a team, if you've ever laughed and cried with your mates, you'll love 'Trivia'.

'Trivia' is playing at the Brisbane Arts Theatre from March 23 – April 20.

Published in Theatre
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:45

Kingfisha: Living Like Kings

Confidence might be the only thing stopping Brisbane’s Kingfisha from releasing more tracks.

“We need to try and get some more tunes into the set and we’ve got some that are just bubbling away, but they’re not quite to the point where we can play them live confidently,” bassist Shannon Green says.
Joining them on their upcoming ‘Digging For Fire’ tour will be fellow Brisbane outfit Dubmarine.

“We’re really looking forward to hanging out with the Dubmarine crew so we’re doing Melbourne and Brissie. Really excited to work with them because it’s a good combination I think.”
Their funky dub-reggae sound has already found its way onto Triple J rotation this past summer.

“That was really exciting for us and really good news on that front, and it’ll be really interesting this time around just to see if we get more numbers to the show and just see what kind of vibe we have out there.”
The six-piece band recently played WOMAD festival in Adelaide and Green had nothing but good things to say about the experience.

“It’s been one of the greatest experiences of my life; just the way they look after the artists down here is amazing. You get money to spend each day, you’re staying at The Hilton and we get driven around. It’s great to have the Aussie acts on and I think we’re fitting in really well and there’s usually a reggae act on like Jimmy Cliff, so it’s just good to represent the Aussie side of it.”

Green admits that as much as they love the touring scene, he’s excited to get back in the studio.

“It'll be good to just have some decent rehearsal time for that and just work on some new tunes. It'll be good to have another album essentially sometime next year. I think the last half of this year will be a good time for that.”

The upcoming goals for Kingfisha is something Green is really excited about.

“Everyone just seems to be looking to Europe and America too much. I mean for obvious reasons, they’re pretty massive markets and they’re always the benchmark, but I’d like to travel to Asia to play. All I got to do is hassle my manager to get us there.”

Kingfisha with Dubmarine play The Hi-Fi Friday March 22.
Published in Reggae/ Roots
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:26

Nantes: Flying High

Some people find it difficult to produce anything but a hangover when visiting Byron Bay, but Sydney band Nantes came away with their debut album, ‘Beingsbeing’.

“It was fairly long winded,” laughs frontman Dave Rogers. “No, it was fun, some of the tracks we started in late 2011, and then we just spent some time in August [last year] in the studio up in Byron Bay just doing the rest of it, it was really fun. We got to be in 301 Studio in Byron Bay and we had a sweet time, it's just such a good vibe up there.”

Regular performers in Byron, the band always relish the opportunity to play live.

“Playing in front of people is such a great feeling, you're giving people something. You get to share that with other people and if people are into it then there's no better feeling,” Rogers admits.
Nantes were in Brisbane last year and were extremely grateful to play The Hi-Fi.

“It was really cool to play on such a live stage where we wouldn't usually play on; just such a good experience to play in front of so many people. We don't really get to do that very often so it was just really fun and a different experience so we learnt a lot from that.”

Their sound could be described as a fusion between The Strokes and Radiohead with Morrissey on vocals, and Rogers credits The Strokes as being an influence for the group.

“Yeah, they're one of the main bands that we listened to growing up and ever since 'Room On Fire' we've followed them through their albums. They're definitely an influence.”
Their new tour will see them travel throughout Australia to places they've never played before, and the frontman has mixed feelings about the situation.

“We have a new backing band, and it's the first time we're going to Perth and we're pretty nervous considering the new dudes, but yeah, definitely excited.”

The “new dudes” he's referring to are the latest members of Nantes, Mathew Gardner [drums], Benjamin Morgan and Timothy Adamson [back-up vocals and synths].

“We have a new band coming with us and we've been practising to make it the best we've ever done so it's been pretty crazy,” explains Rogers. “We've been practising several times a week for six hour rehearsals just trying to make it as good as it can be. We just really want this tour to be better than anything we've done before.

“The original dudes had a bunch of other commitments so touring was something they were unable to do. So over the last two years we've gone through two different bands. These guys seemed to be really keen and are really keen to stick around and be the new line-up.”

One of the highlights for Nantes came last year when Renault picked up their song 'Fly' for their 2012 advertising campaign.

“I got a call from my manager and he was like 'Yeah, Renault want to use the song’. I just said, 'Yeah, they can use it!'” Rogers laughs. “It gets people hearing the track around Australia, so it was really cool. So many people get to hear the song now.”

‘Beingsbeing’ has many standout tracks, but it was interesting to learn what the lead singer's favourite on the album is.

“Probably 'Awayk/Dream', which is our last recorded track in the album. We got Kirsty Tickle from Little Scout to sing on that with me. It was a really great experience.”
This answer was puzzling, considering they loathed the song when it was first recorded.

“In the end it just turned out terribly and we didn't like it at all so then we used some of the elements from there and just toned it right down and it came out like that.”

Nantes perform at Black Bear Lodge Thursday April 4 and The Loft Gold Coast Friday April 5.
Published in Rock
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:18

British India: Under Control

Melbourne rockers British India had to go back to their roots and exorcise a few demons in order to record and release their long-awaited fourth album, ‘Controller’.

Coming out of a particularly dark period for the band, British India have come through hard times and heartache to become a stronger, more cohesive unit.

“When we started the band, we were quite young, as has been well-documented,” says vocalist and lead guitarist, Declan Melia. “We're not so young anymore; after we finished the ‘Avalanche’ tour it was the first time we took a break and really took stock of what we were doing; it was as if we'd been spat out at the other end, you know?

“We weren’t 18 anymore and we were in this band and everything had fallen by the wayside: girlfriends, careers, education and that was the first time we ever really had to make any decisions regarding the band: what kind of band do we want to be? To what extent do we want to go forward? Do we still love each other? All these things sort of came to the surface and we were very different people without realising it.

“We agreed that if we were going to do this, we were going to fucking do it full-on — that was a very big step in our growth, easily as big as the first time we listened to Blur: it was defining.”

After the release of ‘Avalanche’ in 2010, British India’s distributor went into receivership and despite strong sales of the record, the band still suffered heavy losses which put them under significant strain both financially and emotionally.

“The money thing was a crisis and a bummer obviously, but it was more of a spiritual crisis for the four of us,” Declan says.

The band felt that before they could continue forward, they had to look back to where they had come from and reconnect with what brought them together in the first place.

“We had to remind ourselves how lucky we were to be in this position in the first place,” Declan says, “and as sad as this may sound, we had to get back in the headspace of the four sixteen year olds smoking bongs in the garage, listening to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or what have you and remind ourselves how happy we were to be even thinking about making a fourth record.”

While the band admits they’ve matured and the new album is representative of their spiritual and emotional growth, Declan is loath to call it a ‘coming-of-age’ record.
“If I was 15 reading an article about a band and heard it was a ‘coming-of-age’ album, I would vomit in my mouth,” he says with a laugh.

Nonetheless, it’s obvious British India have grown as a band over the past few years and even Declan can’t deny the new album shows they’ve matured and been shaped by their recent personal experiences.
“Any pop psychologist could sit down and say the record came from a pretty dark place and that dark place was a result of the growth, or a growth spurt at least. It’s a bit of a growing pains record — it was very hard to make but really strangely, the result’s been fabulous.”

At the heart of the album is the concept of control and the ways in which people become subservient to external societal forces.

“It's sort of about the ways in which we're controlled, in as much how the young people of the world who were born in the ‘80s and ‘90s and brought up being told how beautiful and unique they were and how every opportunity has been made available to them,” Declan explains. “Then they post a picture of themselves on Facebook and they get 1000 people fawning over them and this constant gratification; it's supposed to be an expression of 'freedom' I imagine.

“It kind of comes from this idea that we've got so much privilege and we're completely free in a way that perhaps our parents weren't in times of depression or war. It's to do with to what extent is that an illusion and how you're never really free from the confines of your society or your culture. When I say society and culture I don't mean the society and culture of Australia, I mean the society and culture of being young and being in that mindset. Every character in the songs is controlled usually by their profession, usually by love, and that's what we're trying to get at with this album.”

However, British India didn’t set out to deliberately write the album that way; rather it was an organic result of their combined experiences.

“You must remember, we never sat down and said 'let's make a record about these themes’ — it just bubbled to the surface.”

As for the upcoming tour, fans can look forward to the same rock-solid live show they’ve come to expect from British India.

“The live show has been and will continue to be in a happy situation of arrested development,” Declan says. “We’re certainly not going to bring a fucking keyboard on the road or anything like that.

“The best shows we do are always little punk shows; we like to be in smaller places and we like it to be loose and stupid. We don’t have enough finesse; people don’t come to a British India show to see Nick play the solos note-for-note or to have a drum lesson, they just want to swear at each other and bang their heads into a wall.”

That’s not to say British India have become stilted or stale, more they’ve found their groove and intend to make it work for them the best they can.

“It’s just that every time we’ve had an opportunity to change the live show it just comes up lacking so we’re starting to learn what we do best and what we should offer.”

British India is also a band that has come to live for the sheer thrill of facing stiff opposition, especially when the odds are against them.

“The more memorable moments on stage are when we’re playing in really rural places where no band has ever seemed to have gone before and no one knows what to expect – we have moments of real brilliance,” Declan says.

“Also in the UK when we get this feeling of us against them. We like this idea of having to rise to a challenge, having to prove ourselves. If we’re a support band or we’re on a festival where we’re the least cool band on the bill — we thrive in opposition!”

In the end, all British India really want is to fight what they see as mediocrity in music and not be remembered as a pop gimmick.

“I’m quite happy to be here and quite happy to be, hopefully, standing out against the Gangam Styles of this world — if British India achieves one thing in our black hole of a career, I’d like that to be it.”

British India play The Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Friday April 5 and The Hi-Fi Saturday April 6. ‘Controller’ Is released Friday March 22.

Published in Rock
Monday, 18 March 2013 23:50

Sonicanimation: Robert Roley Rolls Again

After nearly eight years off the scene, Sonicanimation are back with a new album and an Australian tour. As one half of the party-starting duo, Rupert Kellier, explains, they’re hell-bent on reconnecting with old fans as well as attracting new ones.

After signing off, or so it seemed, with 2005’s greatest hits album ‘Eleven’ and a final appearance at Perth’s Big Day Out the following year, it was thought the fat lady had finally sung for one of Australia’s more endearing electronic acts.

Since emerging from Sydney in the early 1990s, Kellier and partner Adrian Cartwright had steadily positioned themselves as one of Australia’s premier flagbearers for local electronica.

Dancefloor-friendly tracks like ‘Theophilus Thistler’, ‘Didley Squat’, ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ and ‘I’m A DJ’, showcased on several albums starting with 1997’s ‘Silence Is Deafening’, confirmed them as Australian club, and festival, favourites. But when the decision was made to disband, it seemed for good, as Kellier explains.

“I just felt like I’d been doing it for such a long time, that I wanted to have a break and just get away from it for a little bit.”

And he did, spending the next six years living in British Colombia, Canada. Fast forward to 2011, though, and a surprise EP release signaled something was on the boil. Add to that an even more surprising performance at last year’s Homebake, and it was official: Sonicanimation were back, and had been working on a new album – ‘Once More From The Bottom’ — since 2010.

Too often, when groups break up only to reform some years later, the new output fails to reach the lofty heights of years gone by. People, places and tastes move on and, as Kellier explains, it was a fact not lost on the duo as they prepared to make a comeback.

“We could have launched under another name,” he recalls. “I understand it’s almost a clichéd path for a band to break up and then think ‘I’d like to do that again’ and then get back together ten years later or whatever.
“[But] it was like we hadn’t gone anywhere ... from a live performance perspective, we feel really comfortable. It’s like riding a bike, really.”

‘Once More From The Bottom’ indicates the bike-riding analogy holds for their production, too. First single ‘I Will Be Twisted’ is high-energy, electronic party music, everything we’ve come to expect from Sonicanimation, while tracks like ‘(Hey Lady) I Just Wanna Dance’, with its harmonica lick and hillbilly vibe, shows their tongue-in-cheek, playful approach to music is intact. Other offerings like ‘Take It From Me’, meanwhile, demonstrate the same goes for their songwriting abilities.

As Kellier explains, any doubts he might have had with regards to the new album finding favour with fans of yesteryear were dispelled once he and Cartwright opened up their crowd-sourcing pledge website to help fund the album and its promotion.

“I was glad that we did that,” he says. “It seemed a little daunting … but we had a really positive response from our fans; people came on board from day one. [But] as well as hanging on to old fans we … are hoping to gain new fans. [We] understand we need to have new fans in order to move forward. We probably could’ve still done the release, but it wouldn’t have been as good as what we’ve been able to do having done that pledge thing.”

Now, with an Australian tour supported by Sydney’s indie-dance up-and-comers TokyoDenmarkSweden about to kick off, Kellier promises the famous Sonicanimation live show experience, complete with those mascots Robert Roley and Theophilus Thistler.

“We can’t get rid of those things,” he laughs. “Even seven years ago when we finished we talked about how we could get rid of these things. I guess we could do a Neil Young where we don’t play any of our old stuff … but people come to see us for that stuff so those characters live on.”

Sonicanimation play the Great Northern April 4, The Zoo April 5 and Sol Bar, Maroochydore, April 6. ‘Once More From The Bottom’ is out now.
Published in Electronic
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