Nantes ups the ante
Nantes entered the studio last year to record their first four songs, frontman David Rogers says he and his bandmates had no real plans for their music. So they were pleasantly surprised when one of those tracks, Fly, found its way on to high rotation on youth radio station Triple J. ‘‘We were not expecting it to be so big. We only went into the studio because friend who is an engineer offered to record some songs,’’ Rogers says. ‘‘We didn’t have a purpose for any of the songs. It was a fun experience.’’ Nantes have since built a solid fanbase across Australia, supporting acts including Does It Offend You Yeah?, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Manchester Orchestra. The Sydney-based indie-rock quartet has also played festivals including Parklife, Peats Ridge, Pyramid Rock and the Big Day Out. Rogers says 2011 was a whirlwind year. ‘‘I kept having to take a step back and go ‘woah’,’’ he says. Finding their way back into the studio to begin work on their debut record, Rogers says he and Josiah Eastwood have taken creative control. ‘‘It’s great – there are less people you have to go through,’’ he says. ‘‘We share a common bond and have similar ideas. We understand each other. It makes it easier.’’ Rogers says he and Eastwood want to approach the record with the same mindset as last time. ‘‘We want to show our creativity. I am not going to try and write another Fly so people like it. We are doing it because we love it.’’
Josiah Eastwood and David Rogers.