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The Preachers are our feature stars all this week. You'll be hearing their pastoral 60s inspired rock on triple j Unearthed and digital radio.
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Interview: 12 March 2012
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
When we met we were listening to a lot of Americana, Punk and British Invasion stuff like The Band, Patti Smith, The Clash, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. We love the old school ethos of writing and recording, but we’re not a 60s wannabe band. For us it’s always been about the songwriting: mastering classic pop structures and doing whatever it takes to service the song. The music is a mix of rock and roll, dark country and soul, always a bit wild and romantic.
What’s a live show like from The Preachers?
Dynamic, emotional, fast-paced fun. We love people who yell, heckle, whatever. The more you let loose the more we do.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Keep the romance high”. That's from Jonti after watching the Grammys. America, bless its heart, always rejoices in creating music and art
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
We’re part of a great circle of musicians in Sydney who know and support each other, whatever the musical differences. WIM, Jonti, Domeyko/Gonzalez, Hero Fisher, Aleesha Dibbs, Seekae, Cameras and Guineafowl are all good friends. We’ve been lucky to work with some great people too: our producer Tony Buchen, Tim Dunne from Hanging Tree Studio, the late great BJB, and Aref Jaroudy who owns Low 302. We admire locals like Jack Ladder, The Jezabels and Royal Headache, photographer Mclean Stephenson, and also fbi 94.5 radio for their incredible support of new music. Anyone who says the Sydney scene is shit is obviously from somewhere else.
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
Releasing the EP, touring (especially to Melbourne, we miss you), putting out a few bonus tracks, and working toward an album by the end of the year. We’re listening to a lot of 70s + 80s Australian bands, writing and working away.
Australian music is…?
West-African influenced indie folk??? Hopefully not for much longer. There was a direction carved out by the greats (The Divinyls, The Saints, Split Enz (yes, NZ), INXS, The Sports, The Sunnyboys, Nick Cave, The Church, Silverchair) that we’re finding our way back to. Endearing Australian music has always had an edge, a chip on its shoulder, a wackiness, an unbridled joy, a dogged desire to prove itself.
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