It’s been two years since we’ve heard any new music from the boys, but by the sounds of it, they’re back and better than ever. In case you missed it, Melbourne folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers are back in full swing with the announcement of their new EP ‘The Records Were Ours’. The boys, Pat and Jack, are excited to have new music out, and are keen to start their tour showcasing tunes from the forthcoming EP (set to be released May 19), as well as golden oldies.
“It’s the first time we’ve been able to get our live sound through to a record. Our whole sound is full of energy and we started to write this album and our friends were like fuck we’ve got it, this is it,” Pat says.
The brothers were first introduced to music when their older brothers started playing guitar and according to Pat, they thought it would be a pretty cool thing to follow, and that’s where the love started. By the time the boys had reached year seven, the Pierce Brothers were born, playing in pubs at the age of 15-16 while being chaperoned by their parents.
“One of our first gigs was at this dive bar, full of bikies and all of a sudden this bottle just flew over this guy’s head and me and Jack were just shitting ourselves. We were packing up our gear afterwards and there was this ambulance sitting there and this guy with glass in his face and we were like well, welcome to music!”
The energy filled, folk-pop sound was just something they knew they wanted to do – it wasn’t a matter of finding a sound, it was just what they loved performing. “I was listening to Alt-J…and I was thinking why did they choose that sound? But they probably didn’t, it was just what felt naturally for them to play,” he says, “So how me and Jack play, it’s just what feels most natural, we don’t really need to try for any particular sound, we just sort of play and that’s our sound.”
This sound has been taken across to their first single ‘Take Me Out’ from the new EP, which Pat says he pushed to be the first single released. “We’ve never really done a riff based song, most of our songs are lyric based or mostly just chords. It was a bit out of our territory, but we got in there and within a few hours we had a bunch of things done and we were sitting there going, ‘this sounds fucking epic’ and it just was really natural.”
‘Take Me Out’ will be heard, as well as a slew of their new tunes on their international tour, which kicks off in Sydney and makes it way through Europe, the USA and Canada. It stills baffles Pat to this day to think about how far they have come since busking in the streets of Melbourne, to independently selling over 50,000 records.
“We were at a point when we used to busk, and we got a support show at the Corner Hotel, and back in the day we were like, that’s it, that’s making it. If we ever sell out the Corner Hotel, we’ve made it. We never thought we would be playing to 20,000 people on the other side of the world.”
When & Where: Lorne Hotel, Lorne – May 20 @ 12pm [free show]
Find out more information via the website.
Written by Molly Slater