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Gigs ‘n Interviews’ Undiscovered Find – Messrs

ORIGINALLY FROM ADELAIDE and originally called The Touch,  Messrs are about to release their debut single Everyone Knows on October 7th. In the meantime you can download it for free at http://messrs.bandcamp.com/.

In May this year the guys toured the UK, sleeping in a caravan and bathing in “invigorating” Ireland’s seas! Craig Lock admits the fact they found themselves playing in front of “pretty big crowds” was unexpected, but the bands are looking forward to performing at home in November.

Craig Lock from Messrs kindly and very efficiency answered questions for me so thanks Mark. Thanks Danae from Remedy Music for suggesting this interview.

Why did you decide to change your name from The Touch to Messrs?

Well, there was a legal aspect in that a few bands overseas are using the name The Touch already. One recently signed to French label Kitsune and that was kind of a tipping point where we can no longer viably use the name. The other side of the name change is changing our sound quite dramatically over the last few years to the point where it’s pretty unrecognisable as The
Touch. We wanted to have a fresh start and erase any preconceptions that people might already have about The Touch. Messrs gives us that start.

Wow.. It’s very impressive to read that your new single Everyone
Knows was written in under thirty minutes. Can you describe how it came about?

{laughs…} Well it was one of those strange songs that just kind of fell out all at once. Chad, our drummer started playing the beat and then almost instantly everyone played the rest of the song. Even the words and melody just happened instantly. Sometimes songs happen like that but mostly we have to work on them for weeks until we are happy with them. Even though the song was written very quickly we still spent months on the recording and production side of it!

Everyone Knows is following Cut Copy’s fusion of electronica and rock. This is seems to be popular with artists/bands experimenting with technology but still want to have an organic sound. Do you think this kind of music could be an alternative in clubs?

Certainly! We always try and aim our sound so that people can dance to it and enjoy it in a live setting. Overall I think it would be great if more people who liked dance and electronic music embraced going to see it live rather than just a DJ playing songs.


Micheal Chugg has been quoted, “They sound like Pink Floyd on Valium”. What do you think of this? {laughs}

It’s pretty funny, I’m not sure if it was meant as a compliment or not! Obviously he is a bit of a legend in the Australian music industry so that fact he said anything at all is pretty great.




You must be no-doubtfully excited about playing in your hometown when you take part in Adelaide’s Parklife. How will that feel after touring the UK in May?

Playing all those shows overseas was amazing and we had some pretty big crowds that were unexpected but coming home playing a festival again will be great. We will be debuting a lot of new material at Parklife so it’s exciting to be able to do that in front of people who already know us and can hopefully see the evolution of the band.


Can you describe what it’s like bathing in Ireland’s sea to keep clean?

Hmm what’s the word – invigorating! It was probably the coldest water I have ever experienced, it literally takes the breath out of you. You just have to commit to plunging your entire body under and then run straight back out again. The beaches are made of stones as well so walking back across stones with freezing cold feet isn’t ideal.
After Parklife, what are your plans?

We have a national tour happening in November going to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that we are all excited about. We have a solid month between Parklife and the tour to write new songs and tighten up the set which will help. After the tour I think we will focus on getting our next single ready for release in early 2012. It looks like there are some good support slots in the pipeline for 2012 and maybe some more festivals over summer. Probably later on in 2012 we are thinking about going to America to try our luck at some industry events like SxSW and CMJ over there and probably do a tour.


MESSRS tour dates:

Sat Nov 5th – Kangaroo Island Pro Surf & Music Festival

Sat Nov 12th – Plus One @ Ed Castle, Adelaide

Sat Nov 19th – Rats @ Brown Alley, Melbourne

Thurs Nov 24th – Lambda Lambda Lambda @ Alhambrah Lounge, Brisbane

Sat Nov 26th – Upstairs @ The Bresford, Sydney


Gigs ‘n Interviews’ Undiscovered (well kind of undiscovered) Find – Voltaire Twins

Written by Jacqui James


Tegan and James Voltaire have had great success in Australia and overseas featuring at major festivals such as Parklife, Summadayze and Good Vibrations as well as supporting Ladytron, American Walter Meego, a New Zealand act So So Modern, Dukes Of Windsor, Lost Valentinos and Art Vs Science.

In October they’re releasing an EP following up to their May 2010 EP, but like myself you may have seen the first single Animalia on Rage in recent months. As you read this interview with the twins, you’ll discover how music sassy they are.

Many thanks to Will from Heapsaflash for organising this interview.


How did you come up with the idea of the sound of Animalia?
We wrote Animalia on Christmas Eve 2010 and demoed it that day in our old home studio. It all kind of fell around the main vocal hook – the “oh-oh-oh” bit, which Tegan came up with. The song just came out of us really quickly from there. I think it was the right key, right time, sitting in front of the right synth, with both of us in the right mood. Then we took it into the studio with the rest of the band and arranged it. It actually took ages to record because we all spent so much time tweaking small elements here and there. It was being written and re-written up until and during the mixing stage even.

The video for Animalia is very controversial. Where did the idea come from?
Ben Young, the director, came up with it all. We can’t take much credit for the initial concept, we just sent him the song and said “what does it make you think of?” and he wrote out this story. Is it controversial? It doesn’t seem controversial to us. We were planning to do something really realistic and gorey, so maybe it’s better we didn’t. Or maybe we should have. I think music videos are the last place filmmakers can do challenging, abstract work and still be seen by audiences. Now that music videos mostly live on the web, filmmakers are freer to explore.

Listening to your tracks, it sounds like you were children of the 80’s. Have the 80’s been influential to your approach to music?
We were really young when the 80’s ended, so neither of us remembers the 80’s. I think the 80’s elements in our music come mostly from the equipment we use – old synths, old drum kits and drum machines, old mics, old compressors and reverbs, old everything! We’re not trying to emulate something from the past – those instruments just sound good to us. We do love old italo and disco music and our remixes are more consciously along those lines because they’re meant for dancing, but Animalia just sounds old because we use so much old stuff.

As brother and sister did you used to sing tracks together in your bedrooms?
Yeah, a lot of our first songs were written on Saturday mornings in a bedroom, but we were already in our late teens/early twenties when were started writing music together. It’s a really recent thing.

Do you class yourself as a dance or pop duo?
I don’t really know. I think most artists find it very dull when people classify their music as one thing or another. We don’t write music intending it to be played by DJs, we write it to be played live and listened to, so I guess I’d choose pop over dance, but it’s all the same to us.

Your debut EP is due out in October. Very exciting stuff eh?
Yeah, we’re definitely excited about it. We’re throwing a big launch party in the city with a bunch of bands, DJs and performers. It’s going to be a memorable affair!

Once your EP is released, what are your plans?
We’re already working on another EP to follow this one. At the moment the idea is to call it Remus so it can kind tie in as a continuation of Romulus. We’re going to do a couple of trips to the east coast for some shows, and we’ll play a few shows in Perth, but at the moment we’re going to keep focusing on writing, recording and remixing.