A lift for Park­life

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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