Bertie to hit road with boys
HAND-PICKED to support Gotye on his national tour in December, singer songwriter Bertie Blackman (pictured) prepares by hitting the road with other Aussie rockers Menangle indie darlings The Rubens this month. The Rubens have exploded on the scene after forming only last year. ‘‘They are really down-to-earth guys, very humble,’’ she says of her tour mates. ‘‘I’m the only girl on tour, so am completely outnumbered, but that’s all right. I’m tough. We travel separately, then do sound checks and eat sandwiches together, nothing too crazy. Living the rock star lifestyle ages you, so I try to take it easy.’’ But Blackman has been taking it anything but easy career-wise lately, having recently performed at Splendour in the Grass, releasing a new album, booking a tour with Gotye, creating her album artwork, and more. Boy is the second single lifted from Blackman’s forthcoming album Pope Innocent X which is released tomorrow and is the long-awaited follow up to 2009’s acclaimed Secrets and Lies. ‘‘This album is a lot of different stories from my childhood, some real and some obscure fantasy,’’ she says. ‘‘I grew up with eccentric people. My family were artists, so I had this colourful, amazing, social upbringing. If I can’t remember certain parts of my life, I have made them up, using a childlike imagination as opposed to my adult imagination. I’m feeling really proud about this piece of work. It’s taken my whole career to get to a point to make something like this. I wanted to make my mark.’’ Blackman has also followed in the footsteps of her famous father, artist Charles Blackman, by creating the album art for her new record. ‘‘I’ve dabbled in drawing and painting but I’ve never really done anything like this before,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve always been a bit self-conscious about it, but this time, it felt like a natural thing to do. Each image is inspired by the songs, so they go together. My mum is really proud.’’
The Rubens and Bertie Blackman play Coolangatta Hotel tonight. Doors open 8pm.
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