MT Warn­ing climbs fast

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

FOR a band that has only played two live shows, be­ing hand-picked to sup­port The Tem­per Trap and The Rubens on their Aus­tralian tours is a gi­ant step. But for MT Warn­ing, it’s a mat­ter of things work­ing out just as they hoped. Af­ter the two sup­port tours, the By­ron Bay­based in­die-rock quar­tet will head over­seas for shows in­clud­ing a set at the Field Day Fes­ti­val in Lon­don next month. Front­man Mikey Bee (pic­tured) says it feels like a lot is hap­pen­ing for MT Warn­ing. ‘‘But it’s not like it’s our first rodeo,’’ he says. ‘‘We have been work­ing hard with other creative projects to get to this point.’’ Af­ter a chance meet­ing at one of Bee’s solo gigs last year, film-maker Tay­lor Steele de­cided to work on an al­bum with him. Steele guided Bee to tell sto­ries with his lyrics that in­duced vi­su­als. Bee says Steele poses ques­tions – such as, ‘‘how would a song sound from a man sink­ing in to the ocean?’’ – and asks how they can be son­i­cally an­swered. ‘‘He chal­lenged me. He’s a mas­ter­mind all­round,’’ says Bee. ‘‘Tay­lor finds peo­ple’s qual­i­ties and draws them out. He’s got a na­ture that can re­ally draw out the best in peo­ple. He helped de­velop the theme of the record. He was the pro­ducer – not your tra­di­tional pro­ducer. He would say, ‘this lyric would work well with this sound’ or ‘ask this ques­tion be­fore you do this take’.’’ Bee played most of the in­stru­ments on the 11-track, un­named al­bum him­self. ‘‘I am su­per in­spired by the al­bum,’’ he says. ‘‘The al­bum is like a book. It does tell a story. I like to read books and I have al­ways had a po­etic na­ture.’’ As a child, Bee dreamt of be­com­ing an author. He says story-telling and words have drawn him to song­writ­ing. ‘‘Each song on the record has a jour­ney, and they re­late to the songs side by side,’’ he says. ‘‘There are three acts in the al­bum – the early part of life, the mid­dle and the end. It’s not too lit­eral. But I needed to have a back-story.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

The Rubens, Oh Mercy and MT Warn­ing play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel tonight.

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