A lift for Parklife
ITTINGLY for a band who set out to make music for haunted houses, Chairlift gave themselves a shock with their breakthrough single, Bruises.
The Brooklyn group went from indiepop battlers to mainstream disco fodder after the bouncy duet was picked up for an iPod advertising campaign in 2008.
Taken from the album Does You Inspire You, the song struck a worldwide chord thanks to its cutesy exchange between Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly about doing handstands.
While the pair have distanced themselves from the song with a more robust second album, Chairlift always include Bruises in their live show – as fans heading to Parklife will discover.
‘‘We still really enjoy playing Bruises live and seeing the room explode because the crowd generates such an energy,’’ Polachek says. ‘‘Their enjoyment tends to feed into the rest of our music, which is great because most of the show is about the new album.’’
Released last year, Chairlift’s followup, Something, was shaped by ‘‘credit rolling music’’ and a desire to make music a 10-year-old could appreciate.
Polachek was inspired by French pop chanteuse Mylene Farmer and the English art rock band Roxy Music who offer an eternal ambience in their songs.
‘‘I like the melodies you get at the end of films where there’s that nostalgic sadness and finality,’’ Polachek says.
‘‘I didn’t necessarily set out with that in mind because I’m not completely in control of my writing process but I think to an extent you are what you eat.’’
Chairlift – in effect a five piece with an extra guitarist, drummer and keyboard player following the departure of Aaron Pfenning – have been touring solidly since November, reinventing older songs into more sonically evolved beasts.
‘‘There’s a lot more testing and experimenting with different things to make the songs sound better and we’ve taken that approach with the older ones,’’ Polachek says.
The boost in personnel has allowed Polachek a greater focus on singing and freedom to throw herself around stage. In terms of musicianship, she says the band is far more cohesive.
‘‘The new guys have added a structure and for the first time it feels like we’re a real band,’’ she says.
Chairlift play Parklife, at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Riverstage, on Saturday.
Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly.