1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
We grew up in a very musical family, particularly Dad’s side. Irish heritage and whiskey often led to late night jams and nostalgic Australian country/folk songs.
When we were backpacking around Europe in 2005 and ran out of money, we decided to start ‘singing for our supper’ so to speak!
We mainly did this in France and then in 2006 we returned to University studies in Melbourne where we met some other musos. We all started to play gigs together around Melbourne.
There were so many bars and cafes and music venues in Melbourne during that time (around 2006-2010) before residency complaints and noise restrictions started to take over and shut down a lot of the music scene.
There are still many venues that still exist in Melbourne but it was just a mecca back then – the only way to play music actually… Loud and Bad. No doubt we sounded terrible, but we just kept rocking up for more gigs.
We didn’t study music so this was the only way we could see ourselves becoming musicians.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
We have drawn influences from 60s/70s artists we love such as: Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills & Nash, Neil Young, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Van Morrison.
We loved vocal harmonies and great melodic song writing.
Our more contemporary influences include: Elbow, Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Fleet Foxes, M83.
We are currently loving sounds & songs from: The War on Drugs, Volcano Choir & Girls in Hawaii.
We mix old style song writing with contemporary production, so yes, all of the above artists have impacted on our music some way or another over the years.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We’ve been ‘seriously’ writing music for over 15 years now.
But we grew up in a family where making up funny songs on the spot to entertain people was normal… Does that count?!
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
As often as possible!
We love playing live.
We’ve just played the St Kilda Festival in Australia and are heading to the UK in 6 weeks.
We have a couple of up-coming shows in London in May. Can’t bloody wait 😉
-20th May @ La Troubadour.
-28th May, Venue TBC & TBA in the next week.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Hmmmmm we’ve had so many great moments.
Probably closing the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago is up there as a major highlight.
We also had a sell out show in Paris in September last year @ Le Nouveau Casino which was pretty wild!
Oh, and finishing our soon to be released song “Mary Mary” was also a wonderful moment. It took us three years to write and its one of our best tracks – we are just thrilled we hung in there as we knew it was a good one.
Actually, we are pretty proud of all our songs 😉 It takes a long time as an independent band to raise money and record music.
Recording with Luuk Cox in Malta and Belgium was an amazing time in our career.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?