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Australian underground punks Press Club have become one of the country’s most exciting new bands and have just signed to Hassle Records for the UK release of their debut album ‘Late Teens that dropped in January this year. That means we get the opportunity to see the band when they are over on our shores in April and May where we will get to witness their raw and commanding punk that combines their honest lyrics with the gritty, unpolished guitars. We caught up with bassist Iain Macrae who let us know a whole bunch about Press Club.
FOR FANS OF:
Joyce Manor / Beach Slang / The Smith Street Band
‘Late Teens’ (2019) (Download)
LATEST MUSIC VIDEO:
April 16 – CHELTENHAM, Frog & Fiddle
April 17 – BRISTOL, Hy-Brasil
April 18 – NEWCASTLE, Think Tank? Underground
April 19 – EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete’s
April 20 – MANCHESTER, Manchester Punk Festival
May 2 – LONDON, The Islington
May 3 – BIRMINGHAM, Dark Horse
May 4 – LIVERPOOL, Liverpool Sound City
May 5 – GLASGOW, Stag & Dagger
May 8 – CLWB IFOR BACH, Cardiff
WHAT THE BAND SAY:
DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Press Club before?
Iain Macrae: We’ve all got a really broad range of influences. I’ve listened to a heap of soul my whole life. Everyone else has their own individual tastes. I guess the music we write is just a coming together of each of our influences to make whatever it is we are. A confluence of influence or something.
DP!: How did the band form?
Iain: We have all played together in a bunch of different bands since we were 13 years old. A few years ago we decided to try writing a batch of songs together for a new project and let the songs decide what sort of band we became. We set up a makeshift studio in a living room in Brunswick East and wrote forty songs (11 of which became ‘Late Teens’).
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Iain: We’re heading off on our first international tour to EU/UK in April and we couldn’t be more psyched. It’s gonna be the first time we’ve been to Europe as people and we’re all over the moon to be able to play to international audiences for the first time. Particularly in the UK and Europe, it’s super exciting.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Iain: Sheer Mag, Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti, Happy Mondays.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Iain: I don’t really aspire to any bands. I’m really into songs. My favourite part of the whole musician thing is the songwriting. A band can have 15 albums of pure, grade A dross but have one absolute cracker of a song and I’d love it. That cracker of a song is what I’m after. I just aspire to keep the songs as special as possible.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Iain: We’ve played a lot in Australia over the last two years. I guess that the biggest stand out isn’t just one moment, but the amount of support that we’ve copped from people who’ve come out to see us or bought our records.
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