Nantes ups the ante

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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