Brisbane two-piece The Phoncurves are getting quite the name for themselves, making striking acoustic pop songs with mesmerising harmonies and springy instrumentation.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I guess our development was a bit backwards, when compared with other bands. We started recording our music before we played anything live, so the recording studio kind of became our home base. We’re really into layering sounds, especially vocals, and we experiment with this a lot in the studio. Then we kind of build our song layer by layer. We find it really fun, and it is how we have been able to develop our sound.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Oh definitely each other, and other musicians. We listen to a lot of music.
What can punters expect from The Phoncurves live show?
Well we’ve actually been rehearsing a new set list that incorporates songs from our new EP, which is being released in the next couple of months. We’re really excited about it, so hopefully the audience can get a taste of our excitement!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We studied music together at university, and we had a really funny lecturer who always had some sage pieces of advice for us. We laugh about it now but his little one-liners have always stuck with us: ‘Any effect is at the cost of intelligibility’, ‘no-one wants to work with a prick’ ‘That kick drum sounds like a duck fart in the distance’ etc. etc.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Ball Park Music – ‘It’s nice to be alive’
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Why would you want to make someone cry haha! Big Scary ‘Luck Now’ always makes me teary.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to GOVS EP launch at X&Y bar in Fortitude Valley. It was really good! Josiah Birrell – The man behind GOVS, just knows how to put on a good show!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are heaps of great bands and artists that inspire us like Emma Louise, Seja, GOVS, MTNS, The Kite String Tangle, Pigeon, The Trouble With Templeton. Brisbane is very exciting at the moment!
What are your plans for The Phoncurves in 2014?
Releasing our EP in the next couple of months, doing lots of live shows, and hopefully getting back into the studio to create some more music!