While at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Larry Heath caught up with the lovely Central Coast duo Microwave Jenny, comprised of Tessa Nuku and Brendon Boney. Here's what went down...
We’re here at Blues fest, you played yesterday as well, just the two shows so you’re done now, the working is over?
T- Yeah, until we start the next thing. It’s over for today.
B- It was amazing it was one of the best vibes I’ve ever gotten at a gig. It was absolutely incredible. One of the best, seriously of my entire life.
T- Not one of the best, it was the best.
B- Probably the best yeah. Just everything worked, it was just one of those magic moments that you’re always trying to get. Everything just clicked, the crowd was jam packed into the tent. Everybody was just feeling the vibe it went really well.
I read in your bio, but more just from experiencing you guys today, you really are trying to bring instrumentation to the pop genre.
T- Ooh you read the bio!
But that really was what you were doing, especially at the end of the set you had your montage of the current hits of the radio, the Beibers what else did you have in there?
T- Some Gaga, Rhianna, Maroon 5,
B- I dunno, it’s just like pop music, everybody has this idea of what pop music has to be now and it just doesn’t have to be anything. It just has to be whatever you want it to be really. We’re just trying to play. Pop music is more interesting if you can actually get up there and play it.
I’ve always found that about the bands that I love. You get up there and not have to tweak something around on a laptop out the back of your set and stuff. It’s just another dimension. I like the fact that sometimes people mess up. The bumps and bruises on everything, it’s what makes the high point so much higher.
When you’re out there with your instruments and just the fact that anything could go wrong at anytime and when it doesn’t you have an amazing gig like that
It isn’t just pop, there are influences from all over the specter.
T- It’s like a big bowl of everything.
A little bit of funk, a little bit of blues, a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a little bit of everything in there.
B- We try to fit a little of everything in there. It’s just who we are. It’s just the kind of people we are we’ve grown up listening to everything.
T- I have an eclectic personality so it’s only right that it shows through when we’re singing. I collect the most random things
B- A lot of people get really messed up when they’re trying to describe their music, when they say they’re really diverse and they can do everything. That’s not what we’re trying to say to anybody. We are influenced by a whole bunch of junk and it all comes out, we can’t help the way we sound at the end. Tessa listens to a lot of folky sort of singer songwriters like Janis Ian and stuff
So now what material do you have out? I know there was a single that was mixed and mastered over in New York?
B- Yeah that was our first one.
T- Was that Summer? That was done cos we were on The Apprentice... The Australian version of The Apprentice. We did a song on that and someone heard us in Melbourne and sent us to our producer, who is still our producer now who recorded the song and he sent it to New York to get mastered and sent back and then it went on iTunes. And that’s our New York story.
Have you been to New York before?
B- No. It’s definitely in the future plans though.
T- Yet to experience the experience.
What is on the cards for the rest of the year?
B- We’re in the process now of organizing a national tour. Acoustic tour. With a heap of smaller intimate venues. It’s going to be on the back of an EP as well. There’s a new EP coming out at the start of it. So yeah, that’s coming up for us We manage ourselves and do everything independently but the way everything is going at the moment it’s kind of building up a bit too much for us to handle so we’ve been talking to some people about management stuff so that probably will happen during the year as well.
You hear a lot about bands coming to Blues fest and playing a few shows and it all taking off from here, this almost feels like that moment for you guys.
T- I’m just crossing my fingers. That would be excellent. But still a lot of hard work
B- The response has been just stupid. We’ve sold out CD’s because we weren’t ready for it.
T- I think we underestimate ourselves sometimes.
B- It’s really just surprising. We had a group of people come to the first show and then it seemed like the bought all their friends the next day.
The word of mouth here is always an amazing thing.
T- Yeah definitely. We were stoked with that, that was awesome.
>b?And I understand one of you makes a mean choc-top.
T- That would be me. I used to work in a cinema, that was my first job, it was like a little cinema and it was joined to a motel so people from the motel could go over. It was actually really cool. It’s old and it’s classic, it’s like an experience. You go there to enjoy the cinema as much as you do to enjoy the movie. It’s very old, beautiful carpets and paintings