Q& A

THIS time a year ago the big time was beck­on­ing for Syd­ney folkrock out­fit Boy and Bear on the back of their ac­claimed de­but EP and a gor­geous cover of Crowded House’s which was No. 5 on last year’s Triple J Hottest 100 count­down. The year de­liv­ered on th

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JAMES WIGNEY

Q. The past 12 months have been pretty as­ton­ish­ing for the band. What were the high­lights? A. We toured in Novem­ber and had done a four- week run in the US be­fore that and re­ally hit the ground run­ning in Australia. The ARIAS was such a big night for ev­ery­one and was pretty sur­real. It feels like most of the time we live in a bit of a bub­ble and work re­ally hard and fo­cus on what we have to do. We love what we do and the life­style we get to live and oc­ca­sion­ally you get to pop your head up and have a look around. I think this Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod has al­lowed ev­ery­one to take a step back and en­joy the suc­cess of the band and get ready for the year ahead. Q. How was the ARIA ex­pe­ri­ence, with the ben­e­fit of hind­sight? A. It was at the back end of our tour so in terms of our sched­ule it was re­ally just a box to be ticked. We had shows to do and we were re­ally flat out so the fo­cus was to get through the night – we had to per­form too – so there was a lot of em­pha­sis on that – and then to our sur­prise the night turned out all the bet­ter with all the awards. The best part was prob­a­bly ac­tu­ally fin­ish­ing it all and be­ing able to go out and have a beer and a glass of cham­pagne with my girl­friend and en­joy a bit of peace and quiet. The night was fun but it can be a bit over­whelm­ing for a band in our po­si­tion. Q. Do those awards and ac­co­lades feel like a vin­di­ca­tion of the path the band is on? A. Yes and no. They can dis­tract you but Q. You guys have rid­den the folk wave cre­ated by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Mum­ford and Sons and Laura Mar­ling but the trou­ble with be­ing as­so­ci­ated with the vogue sound is that it can go out of vogue just as quickly. How im­por­tant is it to evolve your sound? A. It’s crit­i­cal. Our fo­cus last year was re­ally mov­ing away from those bands and start­ing to es­tab­lish ex­actly what our sound is. In my case I re­moved my­self phys­i­cally from their mu­sic and lis­tened to a whole bunch of dif­fer­ent stuff. We want to be around for a long time and you can’t do that in the shadow of an­other band.

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