OH MY JOSH

SINGER-SONG­WRITER JOSH PYKE GETS THE CRE­ATIVE JUICES FLOW­ING AT MI­AMI MAR­KETTA TONIGHT

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - Josh Pyke and Banff play Stu­dio 56, Mi­ami Mar­ketta, tonight

Al­bum num­ber five was a more free­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Aussie muso Josh Pyke, who recorded it with min­i­mal pres­sure.

Pyke says July’s But For All

Th­ese Shrink­ing Hearts is about get­ting com­fort­able with ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

“Ev­ery record is a de­vel­op­ment on the last one, and they’re all dif­fer­ent, but for this one I had a stu­dio at home so I was work­ing out of bed,” he says. “I was open to fun, dif­fer­ent ideas, and I co- wrote three of the songs – which for me is a big deal.

“I love col­lab­o­ra­tions but don’t ac­tu­ally of­ten do cowrites. It’s a strange, mag­i­cal feel­ing fig­ur­ing out what your sub­con­scious is say­ing and it made the col­lab­o­ra­tion ex­per­i­ment great.”

Though in­flu­enced by dis­heart­en­ing mat­ters such as the refugee de­bate and arts fund­ing, first sin­gle Hol­ler­ing

Hearts is a bit­ter­sweet mix of hap­pi­ness and sad­ness.

“The lyrics are sad but joy­ful; I feel the bad things are about what I don’t agree with but you have to try to be happy,” he says.

Pyke says there is a cer­tain pres­sure that comes with show­cas­ing new con­tent.

“If any­thing it gets harder,” he says. “You are ba­si­cally bar­ing your soul in pub­lic. You ba­si­cally get judged.”

The ARIA Award-win­ning singer-song­writer has been cre­ative since the age of 14, when he be­gan writ­ing songs while a stu­dent at Syd­ney’s Fort Street High School.

Pyke broke through 10 years ago with his win­ning tale about grow­ing up in Syd­ney’s Bal­main, Middle of

the Hill, also in­cluded on his 2007 de­but al­bum Mem­o­ries

and Dust. That al­bum es­tab­lished him as a dis­tinc­tive new voice.

For fans who have fol­lowed Pyke since those early days, the mu­si­cian prom­ises to per­form plenty of older num­bers as well.

“There is an in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion that comes with play­ing for a crowd,” he says.

Pic­ture: RICHARD DOB­SON

Josh Pyke heads to Mi­ami Mar­ketta tonight.

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