Aussies land on their Clubfeet .....................
THE first time Clubfeet played live to an audience, they were standing under the bright lights of a New York stage.
While it’s something that is normal for many American bands, Clubfeet are from Melbourne, so their first gig was a whirlwind experience. The quintet had just released its debut album, Gold on Gold, in 2010 when good reviews and reception landed them an invitation to play a bunch of shows in the US.
Clubfeet’s Montgomery Cooper says going from practising in bedrooms for six months to playing their first gig overseas was an incredible experience.
‘‘Sure there was an element of risk, but we felt so comfortable playing with each other, we were pretty relaxed,’’ he says.
‘‘We played 10 shows in one week. It was amazing. We ended up in the top six of CMJ’s live band list. That was the final cap off.’’
Cooper says Clubfeet’s four-part vocals helped bring their live show into the spotlight.
‘‘You don’t often get four-part vocals in electronic music. Most electronic musicians can’t sing that well. In our own right, we are all good singers,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s magical to have electronic music that is all live with good singers.’’
Clubfeet’s latest offering, Heirs & Graces, is about lost youth and inheriting heartbreak. Fusing dancefloor jams with crumbling relationships, Cooper says the album reflects where he and his bandmates are at in life.
‘‘Once you are past your early twenties, you get so much more affected by heartbreak and melancholy. It’s funny – Heirs & Graces is fun and cheeky but it also has elements of sadness and melancholy,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s been a rollercoaster ride. When we all hang out together we get affected by each other’s states.’’
Clubfeet are not worried if Heirs & Graces doesn’t repeat Gold on Gold’s success.
‘‘Because we don’t have a plan and there was never a strategy – the first album was just dumb luck – we don’t really have expectations,’’ Cooper says.
‘‘We are just doing what we like and what we know. Anything else that happens is a massive bonus.’’