Joe and Aimon of The Creases explain why they need things to go wrong; Jess Ribeiro reveals how her upcoming second album was recorded in a little NZ port town; and Press Club, The Vanns and Jade Imagine impress on the stage.
If you watch the cute clip of Brisbane Britpop revivalists The Creases opening the vinyl of their brand new album Tremolow for the first time, you can hear one of them remark under his breath, “This is weird.”
Sitting down with Joe Agius and Aimon Clark (frontman and guitarist respectively), the pair say that since the long-awaited release of the album, that weirdness has evolved into something else. “I feel like it’s more relieving than weird,” Clark smiles. Agius elucidates: “I guess you don’t feel like a real band ‘til you have an album… that’s usually the end goal when you start a band, and then you get there, and you’ve achieved one big goal. Then you set new ones.”
Agius has said before that he thinks the group play best together “when there is that sense that it could easily just fall apart at any moment”; challenges provide a built-in motivator for the way the four-piece operate. “It’s a kick up the butt for us,” Agius chuckles. “We usually don’t rehearse that hard until we play a bad show. Sometimes you need those moments of things not going well, or as expected – especially to make those moments that are great, even better.”
We also got some time in with Jess Ribeiro, whose second album (the follow-up to the dark and stormy Kill It Yourself) is very much on the way – it’s being mastered right now, in fact. “Myself, Dave Moody from Courtney Barnett and Jade McInley from Jade Imagine: the three of us went to Lyttelton in New Zealand,” she says. “We recorded a record in three weeks. We did it with a producer called Ben Edwards – a really beautiful, vivacious man. He’s worked with Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Julia Jacklin. And it was serene, it was so nice.”
The album (which Ribeiro describes as “much brighter” than her previous release) comprises some songs the musician had previously demoed, while others were much more spontaneous. “Some of them we just kind of made up on the spot, and rehearsed them a few times,” she says. “That was fun! It was just 10 hours a day, getting into a rhythm together, and just trusting in the process.”
Live-wise, stand-outs from Thursday eve included The Creases, Press Club (header image), The Vanns and Jade Imagine; check out our snaps below.