Aussies land on their Clubfeet .....................

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - – ROSE SADLEIR Clubfeet play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, to­mor­row night.

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.’’


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