If there’s one thing a small locality is good for, or some may argue, bad for, it’s the familiar faces you proceed to bump into time and time again. Luckily for university friends Anna Davidson and Vlada Edirippulige, it worked in their favour.
The pair joined forces with Jaimee Fryer after bumping into her at a series of gigs in Fortitude Valley; a suburb of Central Brisbane, also more simply known as ‘The Valley’.
As two became three, the girls acknowledged their need for a drummer, and with the help of a friend of a friend, along came Jake Knauth. And so, Major Leagues was born.
“It’s basically just Brisbane – it’s really small – that’s how we got together. And we had similar music taste, so that helped. From there, we were just like ‘nice, let’s go on tour’,” says singer-songwriter Anna Davidson of how Major Leagues came to be.
With the likes of 2013’s ‘Weird Season’ EP and 2016’s ‘Dream States’ EP under their belt, the garage-pop four piece have this year emerged with their anticipated debut LP, Good Love.
With tracks like ‘It Was Always You’, ‘Sweet Angel’ and ‘How Will The Heart Know’, along with title track ‘Good Love’, the central theme of the album is evident. It’s heavily based around a variety of love and relationships, explains Anna, “We kind of thought the name ‘Good Love’ just summed up the whole album. It’s really relationship focused – not necessarily romantic relationships – but just different relationships.”
Since forming, Major Leagues have become synonymous with their unique sound which may be explained as a mash-up of DIY garage-pop, bordering on shoegaze. And this dreamy LP doesn’t stray far from the path. However, as with all bands – and all things in life – the quartet has undergone a natural growth and progression.
“I think we’ve definitely grown a lot as a band since the EP’s. And the album was a big step. I guess, I don’t know if we necessarily sat with the songs for longer, but in the past we’d just lay down the tracks and be like ‘yeah, that sounds good, that’ll do’, whereas with the album, we tried to think outside the box a little bit more and we played around with synth and stuff, which we’ve never really done in the past,” she says.
Having toured relentlessly between releases, Major Leagues have shared the stage with an impressive lineup of large name acts, including Alvvays (CAN), Wild Nothing (USA), The Preatures, San Cisco and DMA’s. Anna explains, “When we played with Alvvays, I was really Starstruck. I was like ‘this is so weird, what is happening?’, so definitely a highlight of being in the band is getting to play with our idols.”
They’re set to hit the road in support of Good Love this August, where they’ll be stopping by The Eastern in Ballarat. And we’re told to expect a bunch of newness, along with one or two golden oldies… *Cough* ‘Endless Drain’.
“I don’t think we’ve played in Ballarat before. I think they’re [the regional shows] are the funnest shows to play. The audiences, maybe because they don’t get as many live shows, they get way more excited. I love it,” says Anna.
With thoughts of making a start on writing album number two, Major Leagues also have their sights set on taking their whimsical sounds abroad.
“It’s definitely always been one of, well more so me, I’ve always wanted to tour overseas with Major Leagues. And we’ve been asked to play The Great Escape a couple of times, so I’m hoping that we’ll be able to do that next year,” she says.
When & Where: The Eastern, Ballarat – August 13
Written by Helena Metzke