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Q&A w/ Perch Creek

Does each member of the band have a nickname? If yes, spill them! If not, please make them up right now!

I’m “Skillz”, which in my opinion is completely irony-free though perhaps not everyone feels the same way… Camilla (keyboards) is “Mills”, Eileen (guitar/vox) is “Bean”, Christi (trombone/saw/vox) is “Crystal Balls”, “Neverready”, “Christiania” or “Christian Rock” depending on what he’s up to (or not up to) at the time…. Lear (drums/vox) is just Lear (rhymes with “ear”, people!) or occasionally “Family Man” since he has proved himself to be such an adept breeder.

All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

Any time we need to write new material we just hire a house somewhere for a week or so with the intention of doing nothing but writing. For our previous album we got a beach house near Rye, Victoria and for this album we rented an old stone house in the Welsh countryside to have a quiet writing week in the middle of an epic UK tour. We had no idea what sort of songs we wanted to write, only that our previous incarnation as a folk/jug band was over. During that week we wrote a ton of tunes, 10 of which we later finished off to become the new album, which in hindsight, sounds like our parent’s record collection (mostly 60s and 70s rock, folk and soul) had gone in the washing machine with all our socks, undies and general kooky style.

How do you think social media has affected the Australian music scene?

#imnotsure #socialmedianovice #34yearoldgrandpa

There’s a full 80s/90s pop culture and music resurgence happening right now, are you into it?

Although I’m idealistically opposed to revivals, and try not to get too involved in anything that’s a “thing”, I have recently just hit the age where I secretly enjoy nostalgia trips to the 90s. As for the rest of the band, they were brought up on a hippy farm in Northern NSW and went to Steiner Schools, so all pop culture references prior to about 2010 are pretty much lost on them – even The Simpsons couldn’t break into their utopian childhoods!

Recently, creating more diversity within the Aus music scene has been a high priority for event organisers and music curators everywhere, what changes have you personally seen and how have they affected you/your band?

We love diversity and it’s great to see more of it starting to appear on festival bills. We were lucky enough to host Good Moon Rising – an all female art and music festival at the warehouse space we run called Bighouse Arts. Arguably that’s not diversity per se but we love female artists and anything that expands beyond the narrow confines of the “four guys in jeans” format. We are lucky to have a good gender balance in our band – I just hope the fact that we have four siblings won’t be considered a lack of genetic diversity!

Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?

We supported Lisa-Marie Presley in Sydney which was really great. I saved a strand of her hair and when the technology becomes available I’m going to use the DNA to create a test tube Elvis to call my very own.

What was your first ever favourite song? 

I can remember asking mum and dad to put on “Mannie walks down the street”, which was my take on the opening line of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” from his classic album, Graceland, which remains one of my favourite albums.

Lots of songs start out with a working title and are eventually renamed, what were some of the original names of your songs before they were complete?

The song presently known as “Get Back” had the deliciously evocative working title of “Buttery Dump” from the moment we wrote the chorus hook back in 2014 until the absolute last minute when the album art had to be finalised. While the original working lyrics were too vulgar for the dignity of this website, the concept has stuck and In our hearts (and set lists) it will always remain “Buttery Dump”.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)? 

Yes, we have a big national tour celebrating our album release kicking off 31st May in WA. It’s been a while since our last tour so we are definitely ready to party!

Beatles or Rolling Stones and why?

Beatles by far! I have been known to rant at unwitting strangers on this topic so I’ll try to keep it brief for you now… The Stones were 4 guys in jeans while The Beatles were operating on many levels higher than anyone past or present – nuff said.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Tomgirl – We met these all female psychedelic groovers at Good Moon Rising and became instant fans.

Masco Sound System – These Melbourne cats have their own thing going altogether – think Fat Freddie’s Drop meet up with Jimi Hendrix and they build a music powered spacecraft out of corrugated iron and acrylic paint.

China Beach – also from Melbourne these guys n gals bring laid back vibes and plentiful amounts of tremolo sax.

Perch Creek are touring nationally from April 20th, all dates available here: http://www.perchcreek.com/tour