June 12th, 2014
The Creases have made some life-changing moves as of late: dropping out of uni, cruising around with their mates, jamming away day and night… oh and you know, signing a label and publishing deal with Liberation and Mushroom.
Following the release of their single ‘I Won’t Wait’, The Creases hit all new levels of hype and has continued to rise throughout many wavering touring antics, gigs, releases and created what we essentially have today: a dedicated band on the rise.
We sat down with the group, check it out:
Congrats on your recent signing to Liberation and Mushroom as your label and publisher respectively, how do you think they’ll change your life immediately?
Thanks! Haha immediately, probably just make our parents feel a lot better about us dropping out of Uni and work to play in a band.
And in the long term?
There’s only so much you can do on your own as an unsigned band recording in your bedrooms, we’re looking for to recording our debut album somewhere nice and work a producer we really like to make it something we’re super proud of. Liberation, and specifically Damo who signed us, are just as passionate as us about our music and it’s really great to have a team helping you out with those kinds of things.
For a relatively new band, The Creases have had an unprecedented amount of success. Can you talk us through how you guys originally got together and started making music?
Jarrod and I had both just recently moved to Brisbane early last year and met versing each other in a battle of the bands competition. Brisbane’s a pretty small place and we kept bumping into each other and decided to hang out and record some music together one night and that’s how The Creases started. Aimon played in my previous band and joined not long after and Gabe joined earlier this year.
Obviously the hype surrounding the band reached fever-pitch when your single ‘I Won’t Wait’ was released on Rough Trade Records. What was it like receiving that news?
It felt like a bit of a blurry dream because it happened so quickly. The Creases was never intended to be a serious project or to be a band that performed live, releasing the 7inch with Rough Trade was the only reason we started as a band basically.
As the interest in The Creases has continued to rise it seems as though the touring schedule has been quite gruelling. How much thought goes into developing the live show ongoingly?
Every show is pretty different for us no matter how many times we rehearse before a tour. I think we would get bored if we planned a really calculated and planned live show, it’s more exciting changing it up every now and then. We do try to rehearse nearly every day before tour though because no matter how tight you think you are as a band, add a few beers and nerves to the equation and everything can fall apart pretty easily.
After touring around the world over the past year what have been some of the highlights? Dish the dirt….
The last UK tour and specifically The Great Escape was the most fun we’ve had overseas. SXSW in the US was fun too but also super stressful and the crowds were often pretty lame. We didn’t thankfully didn’t play to any seated crowds, but I saw a lot of bands that did and I would’ve hated it.
There’s also been a slight change in dynamics recently with the band growing from duo to a four-piece. What was the reasoning behind that decision?
It would’ve been impossible to move forward after the first single without a full band. With the upcoming EP there was a lot of involvement from Aimon and (our drummer at the time) Bridie in terms of writing as well, it made things a lot easier to jam ideas for new songs together as a band and have everybody add their own little part.
We’ve heard the second taste of the EP now with ‘Static Lines’. What can you tell us about the EP and the recording process behind it?
We recorded the EP late last year with Simon from Philadelphia Grand Jury, who we were on tour with at the time, at Plutonium studios in Brisbane. It all happened pretty fast, we had a few days break on tour and recorded 5 tracks live as a band in one room. There were obviously a few overdubs but it has a really live feel to it which was something we wanted to maintain from the first single. Simon was really incredible to work with, we obviously had only ever recorded in our bedrooms or basements previously so we learnt a lot from it all.
Care to name-check any major musical influences?
The Strokes, Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive and Echo & The Bunnymen are some of our favourites and biggest influences. We have a pretty wide mix of musical taste and influence amongst the band though.
After being an active part of the Brisbane music scene for quite some time now what observations have you made about it? Do you think it has shaped the band in any particular way?
I honestly wouldn’t of been able to start playing music or form a band if it wasn’t for moving to Brisbane. Aimon & I’s hometown Kingscliff in northern NSW had no real music scene except for hip hop or hardcore/metal so moving up and seeing all these great bands play everywhere was really motivating and inspiring for us. It was the reason for Jarrod to move from Townsville too. I don’t think there’s many places in Australia like Brisbane in terms of collaboration as well, everybody plays in multiple bands together and help each other out as much as they can in terms of recording and music videos etc. It’s gr8.
Lastly, what are some notable events on the horizon that you guys are really looking forward to?
Definitely our Static Lines single launch tour later this month, it’s our first headline tour so we are very excited for it. Also Splendour In The Grass in July will be a dream come true too.