Q&A Scene: Miles and Simone

Tell us about your new single and tour?

It’s a hooting and a hollering winter tool that takes us down to the deep cold of Tassie for The Festival of Voices, up to the warmer weather of Northern NSW for the Bello Winter Festival, drops down to Sydney to play the beautiful mirrored room of The Golden Age Cinema and then all over Victoria for lots of fun shows in country town halls, discos, and tire shops. We also play a big party show in Melbourne at The Grace Darling, which is going to be heaps of fun.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)
Our latest single, She and I. It was recorded in a big old studio with Dan Luscombe and Nick Treweek at the helm, Pete Luscombe on the drums and the inimitable Jules Pascoe on bass. It’s the fastest, funniest and most professional sounding song we have released and we are so happy to get it out there.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

When we were playing in Tassie earlier this year, Simone, after drinking too much cider, started wrestling with a man. She was winning until he picked her up and threw her in a dumpster as if it was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.

What, or who, inspires you?

Today: My Dog Clancy and Chris Kraus

Which song do you wish you wrote?

So many. Most recently I have felt that feeling listening to Sweet Thing by Van Morrison; just killed me. That first bass drop in and the first lines: “And I will stroll the merry way and jump the hedges first” are a magic spell.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Pho in an empty Vietnamese restaurant

What’s next for you?

Pho in an empty Vietnamese restaurant

What’s your scene?

Empty Vietnamese restaurants, friend’s lounge rooms, and the sea.

About Miles & Simone

Grab your lover and run towards the shore, as Miles and Simone return with the perfect soundtrack to cure the winter blues, and now with heart-tugging visuals to boot. The quintessential single ‘She And I’ will take you on a journey to the sea in a beat-up old Corolla, and engulf you in a tidal wave of wistful charm and theatrics.

Birthed from an untoward happenstance for guitarist and vocalist Miles O’Neil, ‘She And I’ began behind the stage curtain of Melbourne’s Basement Discs record store when a meeting with an old dust-gathering nylon-string acoustic was to become the catalyst for the track.

“Usually I wake up to find moments like these were just tricks, the song turning out to be rubbish and going in the bin, but, after the gig, back at home, this one came together easy as a batch of scones and felt immediately like a shift in energy from previous songs I’d been writing for Miles & Simone; it felt bigger, as if it wasn’t content to be left alone on an acoustic guitar.” – Miles O’Neil

Directed by Zakaria Garmsiri and lead vocalist Simone Page Jones herself, with production byLeila Koren, the video for ‘She And I’ follows a pair of lovers who, when trying to get away from the city, find themselves not quite at the paradise escape they imagined, where a brooding destination patiently awaits.

WATCH ‘SHE AND I’ VIDEO

Cleverly coupling the driving drumbeat courtesy of Pete Luscombe (Paul Kelly & RockWiz) with the love of the road, the getaway is buoyed along by the dreamy slide guitar work of Dan Luscombe (The Drones, Courtney Barnett), and the double-bass rhythms of Jules Pascoe (Jazz Party, JAALA). Place the perfect counterbalance of Miles’ deep baritone vocals with Simone’s stunning harmonies atop all this, and ‘She And I’ becomes the heart-rattling love story that’ll never leave your head.

The pair of tour-lovers are set to take on Festivals and headline shows on a 12-date run across Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania this July. Starting at Newport Folk Festival, then hitting up Hobart’s Festival of Voices, and the Bello Winter Festival in New South Wales, Miles and Simone will return to Melbourne for a single launch show at The Grace Darling as part of the 2017 Leaps and Bounds Festival before heading to a bunch of regional towns through the support of Regional Arts Victoria.

“Touring the country is the reason we play together. To get out on the road and sing songs and drive around to faraway places and meet new people is the croutons in the soup for us.” – Miles and Simone

Miles and Simone ‘She and I’ Single Tour Dates
Sunday 2 July – New Port Folk Festival
Newport Vic

Friday 7 July – Festival of Voices
Hobart Tas

Saturday and Sunday 8 & 9 July – Bello Winter Music
Bellingen NSW

Thursday 13 July – Leaps and Bounds Festival, The Grace Darling
Single Launch Melbourne VIC
Support: Liam Linley
6:30pm & 8pm sets
Tickets $13 via www.eventbrite.com.au

Friday 14 July – Strathmerton Public Hall
Strathmerton VIC
Presented by Moira Arts & Culture Inc.
Tickets: www.trybooking.com

Saturday 15 July – Yarck Hall
Yarck VIC
Tickets: www.trybooking.com

Sunday 16 July – The Theatre Royal 
Castlemaine VIC
6:30pm & 8:30pm sets – Free Entry

Thursday 20 July – The Gem
PBS FM, Acid Country OB, Leaps and Bounds, Melbourne VIC
3.00 – 5.00pm
Free Entry

Thursday 27 July – The Golden Age Cinema
Sydney NSW
Support: Nic Cassey
Free Entry

Saturday 29 July – Balmoral Mechanics Hall
Balmoral NSW
8pm-10:30pm – *Grazing plate & refreshments included
Tickets $15-$25* via artsatlassw.com.au/event/miles-and-simone/

Friday 4 August  – Major Toms
Kyneton VIC
8:30pm – Tickets $10

Saturday 5 August – King Valley
King Valley VIC
7:30pm – *Includes old-fashioned supper
Tickets $15-$25* via kingvalleyartshow.com.au/king-valley-presents

All tickets and show details available via website: milesandsimone.com/gigs

‘She and I’ single out now via
Spotify // ITunes // Bandcamp // Apple Music

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