Gypsy & The Cat create sounds that make you want to dance in the rain. Not your everyday rain, I'm talking about electrically-charged rain that rebounds off the ground and back into the sky, shooting off colourfully in every direction. That sort of rain. Elke caught up with Xavier & Lionel of Melbourne's Gypsy & The Cat to talk shop about their upcoming album
the AU review: It’s just been announced that you’re playing at future! That’s awesome, for you guys what are the pros and cons of playing a festival do you think?
Xavier: The first album, festivals were something we really looked forward to, but, now, it’s a lot band-ier, not so much dance so it will be interesting to see how it goes down. We’re obviously still really looking forward to it though!
Your new album The Late Blue is out very soon! Is it quite different to your first album? Or were you looking to create a similar sound?
Xavier: It’s totally different. The first record was quite 80’s sounding. The second record, The Late Blue is much more 60’s, 70’s, organic I guess. It’ll be totally different live.
Can you talk us a bit through the making of ‘Bloom’, which has already been so well received.
Lionel: Bloom, well we wanted to make a quick song, an upbeat song….
Xavier: We had the drum beat mapped out..
Lionel: And then it revolves around two chords really.
Xavier: The song could have gone another way, I wanted originally to change it, it would have been quite different but it turned out how it is.
Lionel: Yeah we’re happy with it.
You’re touring a bit soon, do you have any pre-show-post-show rituals?
Lionel: I always have a glass of scotch before I go on. Always. That’s my thing I do everytime.
Xavier: I always give my phone to the tech, every time. Every single time. Even if I want to take a photo I have to go over to the tech, get it, then give it back. Things just go wrong when it’s in my pocket.
Lastly, can you draw for me, what ‘Bloom’ looks like?
Get The Late Blue here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/the-late-blue/id563834684
Photo by Andrew Clifforth