Q&A Scene: Bush Gothic

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
The ‘Natural Selection Australian Songbook’ is our new album with songs of criminal women, convicts and heartbreak. Yes these are the old songs your great-grandma sang but we have shaken them up so they are more at home on a Bjork or Radiohead playlist. In March we play at Brunswick Music Festival, Adelaide Fringe and The National Folk Festival .

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 
My band’s cover version of John Willimson’s ‘True Blue’. We include a string quartet and a carnatic classical Indian solo moving onto mixed up drum and bass to ask the question can a chick be true blue? I would like to one day perform this song in a burqua.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Well there was the time a ghost appeared out of the fireplace at the broken down homestead the band was using as a rehearsal space in the Victorian Goldfields. It was the witching hour at dusk and my violin strings went out of tune, the drum skins slackened and we all got a dreadful fright as the apparition of a young woman floated from the bluestone chimney and towards the window overlooking the ruined goldmine and cemetery in the distance.

What, or who, inspires you?
Massive Attack, children eating grapes, Yehudi Menhuin, Shostakovitch, cockatoos and my mother.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Black Forest cherry gateau don’t hold back on the kirsch. Why? Dark, sweet, strong and intoxicationg.

What’s next for you?
I bunker down in winter time with musty old songbooks and an open fire as my companions as I search for old songs to play around with. Then we release our new album in England and tour the Mother Country before heading back home to Australia for a spring time tour

What’s your scene?
The opening of ‘The Dream Play’ by August Strindberg. A bizarre clash of the Occident and the East with muddy pant cuffs and high falutin’ conversation.

About Bush Gothic

darker, stranger Australian folk

The release of new album The Natural Selection Australian Songbook late last year earned Bush Gothic a swag of accolades plus invitations to tour the Mother Country and beyond.

‘A beautiful album, quite unique.’
The Inside Sleeve, Radio National

‘Arresting recasts of dog-eared Aussie bush chestnuts. 4 Stars’
The Australian

In February Bush Gothic return to the Old Council Chambers at Trades Hall Melbourne where the album was launched last December and in March will perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brunswick Music Festival and The National Folk Festival in Canberra.

The Natural Selection Australian Songbook is available online from bandcamp and instore distributed by Black Market Music.

Tour Details

Saturday February 27 – 8pm
Old Council Chambers Trades Hall,
Lygon St Carlton

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March – 6pm
Crown & Anchor Hotel
196 Grenfell St, Adelaide

Thursday March 17, 8:30pm, Melbourne
Supporting Spiro (UK)

24 – 28th March Canberra


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