El from The AU review spoke to Butterfly Boucher about her US tour and having an unashamed dance.
You’ve just come off your tour with Missy Higgins and a few others in the US, how was that?
It was great actually! I’ve come off it feeling like it was one of my very favourite tours, the best of a very long time. It was actually a mish mash of tours because the beginning part – Missy was opening for Gotye, so for those shows I was just playing bass I wasn’t doing my own set, which I enjoy for its own reasons. Then there was a three-week tour after that, which was with Missy and Katie Herzig and myself and we all joined in and played on each others sets, it was a really nice community and we’re all good friends so it was really nice. It really was like the most enjoyable way to tour, we were all on a giant bus, we all got addicted to the same tv series, aha, we’d push ourselves to watch more episodes.
What were you watching?
We were actually watching Homeland, yeah First season, we got addicted. Then after that tour we got straight back into Missy opening for Gotye, and all the guys in his band are really lovely people. It was great but I’m really glad to be home I haven’t been home in ages.
Can you tell us a bit about your song '5,6,7,8?' It’s quite different, it’s very dance-y.
Yeah! Well I wrote it with Katie Herzig, honestly it was just kind of born out of having some fun. We kind of just challenged ourselves to write a dance song. We thought, well if Lady Gaga and Katy Perry can do it we can do it. So we did, I mean (laughs) it’s nothing like those artists, I didn’t know at the time if I’d put it on my album but there’s an element of fun and not taking yourself too seriously and I felt like my album needed that balance, musically. It’s also, an important part of my personality that I wanted people to see, it ended up being right. It’s a really fun song, I think people enjoy it. It makes my day when I see a song go on and have a life in other people’s lives. I love that about music, I really wanted that to come across in my latest album.
The music video for it is really vibrant as well did you have fun making it?
Yeah! I really did, it was kind of silly. It was good because it was just me and the cameraman, who was actually a good friend of mine, and my manager. So we’re quite close, and then we just had one assistant helping us that day. So it was just me being silly trying to do all of the moves that I got, t wasn’t too hard because it was an intimate environment. I as just being goofy and doing silly things. I just had to trut it would be edited ina way that was fun and that people could tell that I’m not a great dancer (laughs) and that I’m just mucking around, that’s the whole point.
Now that you’re home you’re doing an Australian tour! Are you happy to be playing home again?
I am! It’s really lovely to see the progression of this year. I don’t know what to expect because I haven’t been home in a while, I did a few shows in January and actually had a really great turn out so it was really encouraging that I should come back here and do more! I could really tell that things have been building and that people are appreciating the music, for which I am so grateful. It’s all so worth it! I’m really excited. I’ve put together a little band so I’ve got a drummer and a keyboard layer for this run, it will be the first time I’ve headlined like this with a band so yeah I’m just really excited.
Butterfly's Australian tour dates are:
Saturday, 3 November
The Empress Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Tuesday, 6 November
Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Wednesday, 7 November
The Vanguard, Newtown NSW
Thursday, 8 November
Heritage Hotel, Wollongong NSW
Friday, 9 November
Side Bar @ Cambridge Hotel,
Sunday, 11 November
The Joynt, Brisbane QLD
Saturday, 24 November
Gorgeous Music Festival, McLaren Vale SA
Sunday, 25th November 2012
Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff VIC