As they head to Sydney after a big year playing festivals across the world and getting themselves noticed by the indie blogosphere and kingmakers NME, Melbourne foursome World's End Press are in town to headline at GoodGod. Keyboard player Rhys Richards spoke with Time Out about their forthcoming album and their favourite spots to hit in Sydney.
You guys have had a huge year touring and supporting some great (and big) Aussie bands – what's been the highlight?
I guess the first highlight that comes to mind was playing at Golden Plains to such a big audience. We all really felt like the energy was right that night. Playing with Primal Scream on the Screamedelica tour was also amazing. That album means a lot to us, and it was a real privilege.
Are you looking forward to getting back to playing your own shows?
Of course. It's always so exciting to know that an audience, big or small, is there to see you. We're putting a lot of work into the show for this tour, and can't wait to share it with people. Really looking forward to playing with Ben Browning, Romy and the other cool supports on the shows too.
Now, we have never had the pleasure of coming to a show. But we hear they're a little "wild". What defines a World's End Press show? And what can Sydneysiders expect when you get here?
Generally there is a lot of dancing, some loud disco-beats and jumping around. We try and give the songs more contour in their live context, so there are big instrumental builds and breakdowns. All the material we're playing on this tour is from our forthcoming album. Some people come just for the bandy-legged bass player.
'Second Day Uptown' is great synthy, almost laid-back, bassy, '80s funky pop (feels like it would be great for an '80s movie montage) – we really love it. What can we expect from the rest of the album? More in the same vein?
'Second Day Uptown', I guess sits in the middle of the different styles on the album. There are deeper and darker moments, lighter ambient things, and a bunch of pop songs too.
Boring question... but... influences?
Well it's a little easier than "What type of music do you play?" We take influence from all sorts of things. Dance music is a big one obviously – both old and new. Pop things as well, everything from Abba to Spiritualized.
Potentially boring question: how did you all meet?
John and I met at high-school in music class. We met Sashi and Tom at University and through mutual friends. Boring Answer..?
We've seen that you work with some great people – Dan Whitford, Tony Hoffer... How do you choose who you want to work with?
Sometimes things just happen. We got to know Dan through Laneway Festival and then supporting Cut Copy on the Zonoscope tour. We got along, shared a lot of common ground musically, and somehow ended up in a studio together late last year. Tony Hoffer was excited to work on something with us, and we liked a lot of the records he had worked on. Getting him to do the mix was an easy decision to make.
Melbourne seems to be producing some great music – who are your favourite young bands coming out of the city?
Two really exciting new groups in Melbourne are Client Liaison and Broadway Sounds. They both have things on the internet, check it out.
We assume you've been to Sydney a fair bit – what's the first thing you like do to when you get to Sydney?
Spice I Am is always nice when we get the chance. We always enjoy the Eating World food-court too. More often than not we wind up at Good God late at night, and always have a good time there, which made the venue decision in Sydney an easy one!