Europe warms to a Van She sum­mer

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fine line be­tween up­lift­ing eu­pho­ria and out­right cheese is a tricky one for any dis­cern­ing dance pro­ducer. Shar­ing their con­nec­tion as club DJs, the four mem­bers of Van She were wary of stray­ing into shmolze on new al­bum, Idea Of Hap­pi­ness. ‘‘So much chart mu­sic is con­trived, which to me crosses the line into cheese,’’ gui­tarist and pro­ducer Matt Van Schie says. ‘‘But if mu­sic is gen­uine, with some kind of feel­ing or emo­tion, I think you al­ways get away with it.’’ Boun­ti­ful with sum­mery pop gems by the name of Co­conuts, Ca­lypso and Ja­maica, Van She’s sec­ond al­bum was never go­ing to be a mourn­ful af­fair. The Syd­ney band adopted a trop­i­cal style of song­writ­ing when it came to fol­low­ing up their more rock ori­en­tated de­but, V. ‘‘We ex­per­i­mented with a few tracks and they nat­u­rally sounded quite up­beat,’’ Van Schie says. ‘‘It was the kind of feel ev­ery­one seemed to be lov­ing so we thought why not de­velop that some more.’’ In keep­ing with a shift toward dance pop, Van She’s band ar­range­ment also changed, with Nick Rout­ledge (vo­cals), Van Schie (guitar), Michael Di Francesco (synths), Tomek Archer (elec­tronic xy­lo­phone and per­cus­sion) com­ing to re­sem­ble elec­tro pioneers Kraftwerk on stage. ‘‘We’re all stood up front and there’s no drum­mer at the back, just a pro­grammed kick and snare,’’ Van Schie says. Gear­ing up for months of tour­ing, the irony of a sun­shine al­bum be­ing re­leased in mid win­ter in Aus­tralia has been lost, but the band has been warmed by early hype around the record in Europe. ‘‘The sin­gle Ja­maica is be­ing touted as a sum­mer an­them,’’ Van Schie says. ‘‘It’s also a nice way to brighten up win­ter here so I’m happy about how it’s turned out.’’

is re­leased to­mor­row. Van She play The Brew­ery, in By­ron Bay, on Wed­nes­day and The Hi-Fi, in Bris­bane, on July 12.

Matt Van Schie

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