Adele & Glenn are about to hit the road to support their debut album Carrington Street. Hard to believe that in the early naughties Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson were a part of the reunited Go-Betweens. Now they're back as duo and with a new album and tour due we catch up with Adele Pickvance.
What's the latest for Adele & Glenn?
We’re currently rehearsing for the upcoming tour. We meet up once a week and play until we can play no more, and we’re also focusing on videos at the moment.
How would you describe your musical partnership?
We come from the same musical planet and we have spent 17 years as a rhythm section, so we’re pretty good at hanging out together.
Did you ever think the first time you met that eventually you would be recording an album together?
Not the first time- but after about 4 or 5 years, we started sending our songs to each other, asking for thoughts/ input. I had left Brisbane and moved to Melbourne. It wasn’t until I moved to Sydney 2 years ago that we picked the idea up again.
Do either one of you having annoying quirks that irritate you?
Those quirks are what keep the partnership interesting. We’ve known each other for a long time now- through different eras of our lives, losing friends, losing a band, relationship break ups, new cities and travelling the world together in a van. When a ‘quirk‘ appears- we laugh.
Who picks the music (and what) in the tour van?
We tend to drive without music and catch up reading music mags.
How would describe the album?
It’s pop. It has been made naturally- no chemical additives. Nothing was forced so the songs flow without hitting a brick wall. The songs are about the ups and downs of city living. We’re very proud of our first album together.
Who's been the biggest influence on you both musically?
My Grandad played the violin and continued to learn new pieces until he took his last breath. That inspires me.
How was the process of making the album?
We spent a lot of time on the arrangement of each song before setting up the studio, then we had to find the ‘sweet spots’ in the room, (sound wise) and the studio grew while making the album. We recorded, mixed and produced the album and we wanted it to be the best we could possibly make it. We had no time frame.
Was it as hard as you thought?
We had no expectation. We were confident that we could do this.
What was the biggest lesson learnt from the process of making an album?
We feel very proud about the sound and the songs on the album. The biggest lesson was the importance of social media and managing a Facebook page and a Twitter account, plus a You Tube channel, Vimeo, Soundcloud...the presence of social media has change the game completely.
Have you got ideas in the subconscious for the next album?
I can feel a little bit of disco....maybe!
What was it like being in such as legendary act like The Go-Betweens?
Can I say...it was pretty bloody great!
Are there plans for a tour and what can punters expect?
We have dates for Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney for the album launch in May. The live show will be just the 2 of us...we’ll play the whole album and maybe a Grant McLennan song, maybe a song off Glenn’s last solo album – Biechfield, maybe a Custard song, maybe.
What does the future hold for Adele & Glenn?
A European tour in October. We love long drives, so we hope to do many shows here when we get back.