When we chatted back in August you guys had just got back from Splendour and you were doing your sideshows at Oxford Art Factory and all that and now here we are 8 months later and quite a lot has happened.
Yeah, it’s been a bit weird, but good.
The big news since then is the launch of Gilgamesh, how does it feel to finally have it out and have it doing so well? When I last looked it was in the top ten of the itunes album charts and of course you guys dominated the Triple J hottest 100 in terms of amount of entries in there.
It’s been really awesome and doing the Big Day Out tour and we’re number 14 on the ARIA chart and it keeps on going up so it’s really weird. I don’t know these things are just coming out of the woodwork man. It’s great.
It’s great to see. You had some launch shows a little less than a month ago, how did they go because obviously those are the ones where you attract the people that are familiar with your music.
They were awesome, you know, to sell out shows when the album had been out for like two months, three months and we only had two singles at radio so to sell out The Hi-Fi bar was pretty awesome for us, pretty exciting. Everyone was singing along and stuff and that was really awesome. I guess it was the beginning of like starting to have fun. There is nothing worse than playing shows and sideshows when people know one song. You’ve got to put it at the end of your set or something, or at the start, if you put it in the middle… you just don’t know where to put it.
You were on the Big Day Out tour and you were on the Parklife tour and you have already answered that question but I was going to ask if you feel that has given you more exposure and if you just keep going up the ARIA charts I think that answers the question.
Yeah definitely. You just keep getting better as a live act and I guess if you just keep on impressing these people as you’re playing you can really draw more people in and that really helps. Now we’re on the Future Music Festival tour so I guess people are just getting bombarded now. We’re trying to just get into peoples heads.
I’m looking at the album right now and one thing I hadn’t really paid too much attention to in the past was the album cover. It really is beautiful, who designed that?
Leif Podhajsky he’s a Melbourne artist. He’s an awesome bloke, he did Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker stuff, the cover and artwork. He’s a really, really talented guy.
Yeah, it definitely felt a bit reminiscent of the Tame Impala cover there.
Yeah, he’s got this symmetry thing going on.
Yeah, it’s fantastic. So you mentioned that you just got added to the Future Music bill, what else is this year holding? I know over the last few months you’ve been a bit back and forth between the UK and here but it seems like you’re going to be hanging around Australia for a little while?
Yeah, we’re going to go and do Coachella, well we’re going to England first after Future, at the end of March and we’re going to go to America after that to do some shows there and I guess just try and I guess we wanted to try and break Australia first and go overseas with a lot of good stories to tell and really impress people on that side as well. At the beginning people were really impressed with our record but they weren’t really impressed with our show, but we’ve had a lot more practice now. So yeah, we’re going to go do all that. We’re doing a film clip tomorrow for Jona Vark. So… heaps of things going on.
Fantastic, can you give us any hints as to what we can expect from the music video?
I can’t, I can’t. I would love for you just to see it.
Who have you got directing it?
I don’t know her name but apparently she’s really great and the people who did the Matrix are doing the post-production.
Is that Animal Logic or?
I don’t know man. I just got lumped with all of these treatments and picked the one we liked best.
You mentioned that you’re playing Coachella which is absoloutely huge, I’m trying to sort myself out a ticket as we speak and it’s the hottest one in town. Not only over there, but in the world I’m just talking to so many people from Sydney who are going over and things like that, that’s go to be a bit of a dream come true to play a festival like Coachella?
Yeah man, I mean fuck it’s the best one in the world. We’ve done Glastonbury so you know… I’ve just always wanted to go there as a punter. So I’m really chuffed to actually be playing.
That should be pretty great and of course you’ve from memory, Presets and Cut Copy and Empire of the Sun on there as well so there will be a few fellow Aussies going along.
I haven’t met those guys yet so that would be good to meet them.
Congratulations on getting on that lineup. We’ve got the new video, we’ve got the Future Music tour. Is there anything else we can excpect from 2011?
I don’t know. There’s going to be more touring. I think we’re going to do an album tour in May through Australia, like a proper national headline tour so we’ll be back then to do that. Maybe might do some more writing.
Well that sounds fantastic and I’m so glad to hear you guys are doing so well and it should be interesting to see what happens when you guys go back to the UK and push that forward further as well.
Yeah, totally. Thanks man. That’s really nice.
Not a problem at all. Congratulations on the new record and I hope it keeps going up and up for you guys