INTERVIEW: Miami Horror

I recently got to catch up with Miami Horror, one of Australia’s biggest electro-pop bands around!

On The Tune: You guys are currently getting ready to head out on the Summersun Tour before you head off to Los Angeles. This must be a pretty exciting time for you guys. Why did you pick L.A.?

Miami Horror: Well it was between NY and LA, we felt LA was better because we like a little bit of space and having the ability to step out into nature if we need. The houses are bigger and we feel it’s the right atmosphere for creation.

OTT: I get the feeling these last shows over here seem to close an era, especially here in Australia. Are you guys going to tour Illumination extensively overseas now that it’s getting released there, or will it be straight into new material?

MH: The international tour is pretty comprehensive however we’ve already done America twice in the last year and are off to Europe in May and also September… So I think hopefully from July onwards we’ll have a lot of time off to start new material.

OTT: Will we see new tracks to move in a different direction to the stuff on Illumination? What can fans expect from new material?

MH: We haven’t really had the chance to think about direction yet, currently what we’re listening to is quite different to MH, so we need some time to work out how we can work in our new direction without loosing the MH sound that people would expect.

OTT: It definitely sounds like you guys are getting great reactions from overseas crowds to your current material. Where have you enjoyed playing the most? Any places that have absolutely wild crowds?

MH: Chile and Rio were probably our biggest most interesting crowds, it was a great feeling to sell out some pretty reasonable sized shows in the US as we weren’t really expecting it.

OTT: Lots of bands dream of playing South By South West over in Texas, you guys got to actually go over this year. How do you guys feel your shows went? Being one of the biggest showcases in the world was it a fairly hectic experience?

MH: SXSW is always pretty hectic, its hard work to find the good music because there’s just so much in general, all of our showcases were completely packed and went really well. Its a great opportunity to play to the industry and can bring many new opportunities.

OTT: Thanks for the chat, and congratulations on an incredibly successful 2010 guys! Good luck on the tour!

MH: Thanks!

LIVE: Grafton Primary, live at The UC Refectory, Canberra (11-02-11)

Last Friday I got a chance to see Australian dance act Grafton Primary at the University of Canberra’s Refectory.

We arrived at about 9 o’clock, hoping to get in early and nab a good spot. To my dismay, it wasn’t necessary for two reasons. Firstly, various DJ’s had been booked to play until Grafton came on – their set time started around 11:30. Secondly, there were no more than 30 odd people in attendance, and with a venue the size of the Refectory, the crowd seemed even smaller and scattered around the room.

Luckily, my friend convinced the organisers to give us a pass out, and we left for the pub. Returning two hours later, we only missed the first song or two of Grafton’s set, and the crowd hadn’t grown too much, but I can say this – the band were cool enough to put on a show for us anyway. I always imagined that for some it could be hard to play to such varying crowd sizes, and it could be hard to get excited about playing in what looks like an empty room, but Grafton Primary did it, and they did it fairly well.

Being unfamiliar with most of the set material, I will say some of the songs sounded very samey – but that happens to me when I see some artists live with no prior knowledge. Sometimes it all kind of blends in. Though they did “All Stars” as an “encore”, which was nice to be able to sing along to something I knew.

The three of them put in a solid effort (although I was disappointed I didn’t see the keytar from the “Relativity” clip), and for such a small show, I was pleased they got an excited response from a few listeners up the front in the crowd. It’s always good to see people showing their appreciation and enthusiasm for a band, and Grafton certainly seemed to enjoy the people who sang along and got into it all. Time will tell whether their sound evolves into something more, or if they sit on what they have now. At any rate, it’s good fun, and their dance-floor electro style no doubt hits it’s target market right on the head. I have an underlying feeling that if it isn’t happening already, that the Australian public will soon become tired of a band like Grafton – not because Grafton are bad, they’re not, but because there seem to be a flood of bands like this around doing this thing already. Nothing reaches out and grabs me as a listener and demands my attention, or says “look at me – I do this exceptionally well”.

It was a fun gig, and Grafton play music which has a lot of appeal. Unfortunately, to get the exposure they probably want, they either need to move out more creatively, or somehow refine their style to reach that upper echelon of dance and pop music.

It’ll be interesting to see where they go, but they’re clearly a band determined to stick around – which is always a promising sign.

BRAND NEW: Metric – “Sick Muse”

Metric are from good ol’ Canadia, and have a few albums even though I’ve never heard of them before. But that doesn’t surprise me, I’ve only really pulled my head out of the sand for a couple of years. This is off their new album, Fantasies.

“Sick Muse” starts out with a cool guitar riff, and the vocals sound pretty good. The backing vocals sound distant and cool, and even though these guys are like techno or something (…I think. No flamers please.), they don’t sound typically like it. I listened to an acoustic version of “Help, I’m Alive” before, and it sounded awesome. I liked it more than the proper version. :S ANYWAY. This one sounds pretty good, so yeah. I like it.

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