Having Max Hershenow and Lizzy Plapinger – aka MS MR – in the country for this year’s Groovin’ the Moo tour has been a complete blast, as has being able to see the New York duo carve it up at their own headline shows. Ahead of their date in Sydney recently, Larry caught up with Max and Lizzy to find out how things have been since we saw them last – Splendour in the Grass.
“It [the show] develops little by little over time,” Max says of their recent shows around the world. “We don’t even notice, necessarily, while we’re in it, how much we’ve developed. For example, we’re playing a song – “BTSK” – that we haven’t played in a year and a half or maybe two years; so when you do something like that or you look at an old video or something, you realise the marker of how far we’ve come.”
For MS MR, the Australian trip came hot off the heels of Coachella, an event that’s long remained a staple on their calendar (and saw them fall in love with Courtney Barnett‘s show this year).
“We’ve been going to Coachella for so many years with such a big group of friends,” Lizzy says. “We rent a big house and go. We pretty much had one day after coachella, to come to austraila; pretty much hot off the heels of the festival we came here. We both got a little bit sick, but we persevered and then threw ourselves right back into festival season with Groovin’ the Moo!”
With their time in the country wrapping up, the duo speak fondly of the regional festival tour they’ve been travelling around the country on.
“It’s so fun,” Max says. “We had really high expectations and they’ve been met or exceeded. It’s been really, really exciting to play for people who are clearly big fans. Everyone seems to know the words and we were getting some of the best sing alongs we’ve ever gotten by people who have never had the chance to see us before.”
Watch the full video below!
MS MR hit Brisbane and Perth this week:
May 3rd | The Triffid, BRISBANE
May 5th | The Rosemount Hotel, PERTH
Photo: John Goodridge