MT Warning climbs fast
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.