What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Alex, Dan and myself (Jorjee) all grew up together, playing in sub-par high school bands and hanging out most days. We all eventually decided to start a band together, write some songs, and play some shows. Later on down the track we met Carlos (who was in ANOTHER band playing on the same bill as us), hit it off and asked him to join. Four years later and now we’re here. We have a common love for rock and roll but everyone adds their own specific uniqueness to the music in some way shape or form.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
‘In the Red’ is our sophomore EP that’s all about the individual hardships of last year. 2017 was the boiling point of emotions that had been bubbling over the course of a few years. We had worked so hard during the release of the first record and found ourselves so invested in the band that it felt like we were in this horrible emotional debt to our hopes and dreams for success – hence the title “In the Red”.
Things got stale in regards to the way we worked, created, the environment we based ourselves – basically everything had become a chore. When we started planning this record we made a conscious effort to change our approach to everything, and thank fuck we did, because it resulted in the creation of a record that we are so proud of!
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Writing for us is a very carthatic experience. Our songs are a release from the daily ups and downs that we may experience in our middle class lives. In terms of musical influences, my ‘go-to’s’ are naturally big iconic rock bands or artists; Springsteen, and the Smashing Pumpkins are always a popular choice when lacking creative inspiration.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
We try not to compare ourselves to any other genre-related artists, but we write and play spirited, passionate indie rock-and-roll with intricate layers of colourful guitars and a brooding rhythm section.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
– Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
– Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
– The Beatles – White Album
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Tough choice. We love them both, but I’d say we’re a live band at heart. The feeling you get when you’re on stage, the room is full, and the vibe is in constant ping-pong mode between the crowd and stage is fucking euphoric. The studio life is all about the pay off – there are a lot of rabbit holes and only limited time (and budget). If you jump down a rabbit hole and the journey produces magic then you’re buzzing, BUT sometimes the rabbit hole is a dud and it can be hard to bounce back from.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Meet the “CREO-Curse” as we like to call it. Probably not unique to most bands, but something out of our control is always bound to go wrong when CREO are involved. Example, only last week we were shooting a video clip, things were going smoothly and we’re all thinking “fuck maybe the curse has spared us today?” – Nope, we were greeted once again with one broken camera and a bike (prop for the clip) mid shoot. Or when we were driving down to Melbourne, brakes failed, smashed into a garage door as we were stuck on an incline. In saying that it’s built a very resilient culture amongst the four of us.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
All of the songs on the recent record were recorded in an extremely different environment to how we usually work. We didn’t play any of these songs live as a band till it was time to record, everything was written, demoed, and pre produced on the fly, in my apartment. It was a completely new approach for us and it seemed to work better than our original – jam ideas, build on them at home, rinse and repeat – ethos.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We recently finished the current EP tour up and down the East Coast, and then back in the studio again to nut out our next release!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What’s your number one pre gig ritual?
On tour Alex ensures we listen to Kanye’s, 808’s & Heartbreak at least once in full, and Carlos makes sure we ask him a few hypothetical moral dilemmas to keep him in check. Dan and myself are easy, go-with-the-flow type guys..
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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