Pirra are a quartet based in Wollongong making strikingly danceable indie-pop. Their sound mixes live instrumentation with washes of synth and programmed sounds to support the silken melodies of frontwoman Jess Beck. Since signing with UK label Cr2 Records alternative label imprint BLK&WHT RCRDS they have teamed up with leading producers such as Konstantin Kersting (Tones & I) , Roy Kerr (London Grammar) and Sam Littlemore to work on a suite of songs.
Their single ‘Limousine Lies’ was remixed by the renowned Nordic dance producers Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas. Earlier this year they worked with Sam Littlemore of the acclaimed electronic trio PNAU. Pedestrian TV filmed their collaboration in a 3 part mini series documenting the creation of their newest single ‘Never Apart’ which is due for release June 18. Pirra’s live show has evolved into a seductive blend of infectious modern pop which will bring you to the dancefloor for an immersive experience.
The second half of 2021 is shaping up nicely as Pirra looks forward to playing more shows and releasing new music with some more exciting collaborations up their sleeve.
Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Pirra!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We love going down the rabbit hole with learning production and recording techniques, and that has played a big role in developing our sound. We’ve also spent a lot of time performing live together and we take note of what the audience reacts to, which also influences us.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We often get inspired by other peoples music, there’s an amazing breadth of talent and creativity out there.
What can punters expect from a Pirra live show?
They can expect sweaty dancing and big sing alongs. We’ve worked hard to make our show combine electronic production with live instrumentation.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we worked with Sam Littlemore he actually told us we should write a band manifesto. He was pushing us to get a clearer picture of what it is that we truly want to say to the world. Even just having the conversation as a band gave us a greater sense of focus and intention.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Lil Bit' by Peking Duk, it’s all the best kinds of fun.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
As You Are by Kimbra. I know she’s technically from NZ but I’m hoping we can claim her for this one because Daniel Johns is listed as a co-writer so that’s close enough right?
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Control Your Body' by Pnau
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Northeast Party House were crazy good. They manage to incorporate all the best bits of live instrumentation with electronic production to keep the heart rate up while you sing your lungs out.
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
We’ve been listening to Lazywax quite a bit lately, it’s all round good time music from a couple of sydney musos. We’d secretly love to play a show with them one day.
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
So far the plan is to do some touring, release more music and work towards an album.View Profile Hide Interview