Having just released their new album, Modern Vintage, Brisbane’s Cheap Fakes are about to embark on a national tour. We caught up with them before it kicked off to discuss their experiences producing the new record, and how best to capture the energy of a live performance. Check out the interview below!
Cheap Fakes are dropping their record Modern Vintage on October 9th, and to celebrate, the Brisbane six-piece will be playing a run of shows in support of the album. After spending months in pre-production and recording with renowned producer, John Merchant, the band will be bringing their brass fueled funk sound to venues across the east coast of Australia.
Having recorded their third album with John Merchant (Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz), Aussie band Cheap Fakes have got a killer set of material now refined and up their sleeve, due for an October release! The Brisbane six piece have long been making a name for themselves as dynamic and entertaining live performers - a relentlessly fun and engaging live act, Cheap Fakes are anything but what the name suggests. Their latest single taken from Modern Vintage, "Baby It's a Good Song", has its music video premiering on the AU today, a perfect way to lean back and get keen for your weekend.
With a rising focus on "dole bludger creatives" and the threats of a tightened Centrelink by our terrible government... not to mention the arts council budget cull you've hopefully heard about (but don't get us started on that)... the AU review is publishing a series of features which highlight the realities of the music industry. In the first part of our new series, we look at how almost all of your favourite Australian artists have shitty (and some, not-so-shitty) day jobs they undertake to support their careers and help bring you the music you love.
The Red Deer Festival is bringing a great camping festival environment once more this year, with the likes of Frenzal Rhomb, Andy Bull (pictured) and Salmonella Dub Soundsystem headlining the artist line up! Transforming the Red Deer ampitheatre into a melting pot of musical sounds from both established and emerging bands, punters will have the opportunity to see their favourites play while also discovering some of the best new artists Queensland currently has to offer.
Some gigs promise much but deliver little. Fewer promise little but deliver much. Probably even fewer again promise much and deliver even more. But what type would tonight's gig be? This particular Atlanta new-age soul brother – whose new record evokes smooth and dreamy mental images of Prince, Marvin Gaye and Southern-fried gospel – is in town for one night only, and for a soul gig in Brisbane on a Sunday night, perhaps expectations shouldn't be high.
Brisbane’s Powerhouse has, over the last year, has been host to a series of “Long Player Sessions” in which local bands cover famous albums in their entirety – how awesome is that! These sessions give local artists a chance to draw a crowd bigger than they might on name alone; give the audience a chance to see great music they never would have got to see live; and give everyone a chance to pay tribute to some of the best albums ever made. The most recent of these sessions was Friday night in which Tylea (and band) performed the Twin Peaks Soundtrack followed by Cheap Fakes who performed the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack.
After a great support from local boys Cheap Fakes, who played a slap bass that would make Howard Moon proud, Melbourne Ska Orchestra spilled onto the stage in a never-ending stream of brass and fedoras. It was a strong turn out for the bands first ever Brisbane show, however it's obvious to see how complicated and expensive it must be for this many guys to hit the road. The Tivoli stage heaving with 25 seasoned musicians was a sight to behold and they kicked things off with a cover of the Get Smart theme song, followed by "Lygon Street Meltdown".
So it's the time of year again where all the locals in the know head out to Lower Belford for the annual Gum Ball. Set amongst the gumtrees and thankfully, despite a dire weather prediction, a lack of need for gumboots. The festival is proudly supporting The Black Dog Institute which was well supported across the weekend.