Q&A: The Creases
By Alana Mazurke
Four piece The Creases have had a string of fortune recently with a signing to a major label, numerous well known support act slots as well as the announcement of their first EP set to be released later in the year. I talk to vocalist and guitarist Aimon Clark about the latest successes to shed some light on a young bands upcoming.
I guess the first question I have to ask is how does a small from Brisbane who’d only been around for a short time feel after opening for acts like Franz Ferdinand and The Preatures? I mean, surely it would have been a learning curve for all involved, but did it give you any extra drive to make music or play music live, more so than before?
It was pretty surreal honestly, especially playing with Franz Ferdinand. It was a last minute offer from them and I grew up loving their music, theirs were probably some of the first songs I ever learned to play on guitar, so when we found we had the gig I was jumping around my house with excitement trying to find people to tell. The Preatures show was also pretty amazing, I think it was our second or third show ever so we were pretty nervous to play so soon with a band we respected so much. Both these bands were some of the nicest and most generous people we could’ve hoped to have played with, the level of professionalism and talent was incredibly inspiring.
The track ‘I Won’t Wait’ was released on vinyl. A lot of bands are now choosing to release their music be it albums or first EP’s on vinyl; are the days of compact discs truly over?
Maybe for the moment but these things always come in cycles, I think more and more bands are even releasing stuff on tape these days. I started collecting records because I remember how proud my dad was of his vinyls and wanted to maybe one day show something like that to my kids, instead of an ipod full of songs or a burnt cd or something. It’s always nice to have something to hold, and most vinyls these days usually come with free mp3 downloads (which is pretty handy).
Signing to Liberation Music; i’m not going to ask how it feels, because obviously it’s pretty satisfying. How hard is it for an unsigned band to make their way into the music industry i.e. how hard was it for The Creases until this deal?
Haha, yeah definitely feels pretty good. We were incredibly lucky with this band to be ‘discovered’ incredibly early into our career. It must’ve been so hard for bands in the days before blogs and the internet, im not sure exactly how you would go about getting noticed. In saying that though we did work really hard to get where we are today and were also insanely lucky to land our manager Maggie, one of the hardest working ladies in Brisbane.
Having played recently at The Great Escape Festival, did you find the reception and or vibe to be different in the UK to Australia?
The Great Escape festival was pretty amazing, Brighton is definitely one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. The shows felt pretty similar to home the vibe of the festival in general was really different. The closest thing we have back home is Brisbane’s Bigsound festival which doesn’t quite take over the city as much, although it is still pretty young. Everyone in Brighton knew about Great Escape and there were so many international artists and things today outside of shows, I would love to go back again one day.
You’ll be releasing your first EP sooner than later this year. What can people expect from the 5 tracks? After the releasing ‘Static Lines’ to the public, does that ease any apprehensive feelings you may have had toward putting your work to everyone?
Yeah definitely, It’s nothing too drastic but Static Lines definitely has a different feel from our earlier releases. I really hoped people would like where we’re going and so far it seems to be going pretty well! This EP definitely has more of a whole band feel to it and most tracks were recorded live all together. It’s definitely more professional sounding than our first single but we were trying to make an EP that we would like to listen to and hopefully some other people will as well.
The band have been noted as multiple genres; seemingly there are a lot of influences in your music be it all very entertaining. When the band writes together, are there any notable differences in styles which on paper should clash and yet actually works to make a Creases track?
I think we all have a pretty cohesive idea of the way we want a song to sound during the writing stage, in saying that though nothing ever sounds the way you expect it to when the whole band plays together, which isn’t always a bad thing. I should also note that our new drummer is a pretty decent rapper, though these skills are yet to feature in any Creases songs (don’t want to rule anything out though).
The high waisted guitars, the two singers, the inevitable dancey bop when playing; is it safe to say you’re all Beatles fans?
Haha, it’s pretty hard not to be when you’re any kind of pop band where guitars are involved. I’m glad you noticed our dancey bop as well and will keep an eye out for any japanese performance artists in the future.
You’ve toured so much already only to continue with an up coming East coast tour to promote ‘Static Lines’. After the release of the EP, what does The Creases hope to have achieved by this time next year?
We’re definitely aiming to have an album out by early next year, we wrote this current EP in the month leading up to our first tour so it should be more than enough time for an album! Would love to keep touring Australia and the UK and to keep playing with and meeting cool people in each country.
‘Static Lines’ East Coast tour details below.
Friday//20 June//Black Bear Lodge//Brisbane
Saturday//21 June//Live It Up Festival, Brisbane (Under 18s)
Friday//27 June//Brighton Up Bar//Sydney
Sunday//27 July//Splendour In The Grass