Q&A Scene: PIERCE BROTHERS

Photo: Dara Munnis. @daramunnis

Tell us about your new single ‘Brother’?

Brother is a track that was written as a live song; one to sing with the crowd. We have tried for years to put it into the studio but it never worked as we always ended up sounding like a footy club tune! FINALLY we made it work on this record, and all it took was the help of one of Australia’s best producers: Jan Skubiszewski.

It was written about being on the road and being away from family, and missing home. While we had tried many times in the past to get it right in the studio and failed, we felt he HAD to get it right as it spoke to so many peoples truths in 2021, with borders locked down and people not able to see their family. This was a fan favourite from the first time we played it, with the crowd immediately singing it back to us back in 2016 at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. 

Your sophomore album ‘Into The Great Unknown’ is out now, tell us a bit about the release?

This is our most ambitious album to date. Sonically we have taken directions that we had not previously taken, sonically speaking. We brought in a strings section for the first time, had our friend Tig Leischke come in and do some incredible backing vocals, and even really explored the folk vibe more than we ever have with some banjo in parts! Living on site at the studio while we worked made all the difference this time around I think!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

I think that my favourite track on the album is the final song titled “one”. This was a track written to my new daughter before she was born. I think I captured how I felt well going into this great adventure of fatherhood, and stepping into the unknown was definitely one of the major themes for this album, so that would be my favourite currently!

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

If this were a meal it would be a Pasta Aglio e Olio. A simple dish with 5 ingredients that is greater than the sum of its parts. We aspired to write simple, truthful music sections that when put together creating something wonderful. I think we’ve done that here.

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

The first time we ever played Brother was in a beautiful venue in Amsterdam called Paradiso. It was our first time headlining this venue which was a dream come true. When we arrived we were given wireless mics, so we decided that we HAD to do a singalong with the crowd. The only problem was that we didn’t know which track to do it with. So we wrote the singalong chorus to our new track Brother on that very day, and played it for the first ever. The audience got SO into it that they immediately started singing it back to us! It was one of the best nights of my life and we filmed the whole thing!

What, or who, inspires you?

Many  musicians inspire us every day, we’re constantly searching for new music and ideas that inspire us. During this record we were inspired by the wonderful work of Gang of Youths and their incredible album Go Farther In Lightness. But these inspirations are always changing. I mean, I never thought I see myself as a Taylor Swift fan, but Folklore is an absolutely INCREDIBLE record! 

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I feel like I’m ALWAYS thinking “man, I wish I wrote this!” and I’m sure there’s a better or more truthful answer out there, but I can’t think of it now, so I’ll go with the last time I felt that way, which was Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead. It’s amazing. Although, as soon as I send this off I know I’ll think “oh why didn’t I say…”

What’s next for you?

We’ll be touring the new album all over Australia with a BUNCH of shows! Come say hello!

What’s your scene?

Sitting on a surfboard, out the back at Norman Bay, Wilsons Prom, watching the sunset, in the middle of summer. Then going back to camp to have a beer with family and friends. Heaven!

PIERCE BROTHERS SHARE NEW SINGLEAND VIDEOBROTHER’ FROM UPCOMING ALBUM ‘INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN’ SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 5
+ ANNOUNCE VICTORIAN REGIONAL TOUR

PierceBrothers have just dropped their new single Brother, a crescendo-building indie folk anthem, out today, February 12.  The final track to be released before they drop their new album, Brother focuses on being away from family, a theme especially prescient now when so many family and friends are being kept apart as we head into the second year of COVID-19Brother is accompanied by a light-hearted performance-based music video, as the band is constantly interrupted by the aforementioned brother brilliantly spliced with sweet, nostalgic footage from their childhood. The single is the last to be released from the Pierce Brothers’ highly anticipated sophomore album, Into The Great Unknown which debuts on March 5, 2021. They have also today announced the first leg of their national regional tour, kicking off with their Victorian show dates through March, April and May, featuring shows at The Espy on April 24 and The Corner Hotel on April 30, their first headline shows in Melbourne in over twelve months.

Written and performed for years before they finally put it down in the studio, Brother displays the anthemic build and crescendo for which Pierce Brothers have become known during their live performances. Opening with a quiet, reverb heavy and overdriven acoustic guitar, the track soon delves through rich harmonies, as drums and percussion are slowly introduced throughout the hook-laden chorus. The tune then kicks it into the next gear with the drop of the electric guitar solo before jumping up the octave and galloping to the final verse and chorus. Produced by Jan Skubiszewski (John Butler, The Cat Empire), mixed by Phil Threlfall (Illy, Ed Sheeran), and mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering (The Teskey Brothers, The Cat Empire), Brother is a slow burn anthem that leads to the kind of massive payoff that the Pierce Brothers have dedicated their careers to performing, and will have fans of Lumineers and Mumford and Sons jumping and singing by the final chorus.

Filmed by Dara Munnis (Tash Sultana, Teskey Brothers) and directed by Patrick Pierce himself, the music video for Brother sees a delightfully playful take on sibling rivalry, cut up with old home footage of the brothers as children, in a song that seeks to emphasise the importance of family.  “We wanted to juxtapose the earnestness of the song with a bit of a piss-take,“ explains Pat,“we went in there with the intention of playing the whole thing straight, but then when Justin (our older brother) said he could drop in, we thought it would just be way funnier if we tried to do an honest-to-God straight performance, and he just walks through and messes it up for us. We couldn’t stop laughing at the thought of it so we figured, why not?? ” 

Brother is the fourth track to be released from Pierce Brothers much anticipated sophomore album Into The Great Unknown, set for release March 5.Recorded at Jan Skubizeski’s Red Moon Studios in Gisborne between the two Victorian lockdowns in 2020, the new album explores previously uncharted territory for the twins. “With strings arrangements, female backing vocals, and larger performances than we’ve ever done in the studio, this album is striving to be something grander than what has come before,” says Jack, “the lack of endless touring paved the way for a deeply thought-out experience.”

Along with their new single, the brothers have released a run of Victorian regional dates to coincide with the release of the new album. With borders opening, expect new shows added to the already stacked Victorian tour run. “In 2021 we’re planning on an entire regional Australia run!” Pat tells us, “but the problem is that if we announce tickets too far in advance, there’s risk of border closures between the announce and the date of the gig. We want to avoid all postponing/cancellations of shows so this year it’s announce and GO!”

BROTHER is out NOW via DITTO

INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN is out NOW via DITTO

GRAB INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN here  https://ffm.to/pbitgu

Purchase tickets to INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN TOUR https://www.piercebrothers.com.au/tour-dates

INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN Tracklist

  1. white caps come
  2. dentist
  3. brother
    4. it’s alright
  4. la montagne
  5. lights of london
  6. réflecteur
  7. trouble
  8. waves of winter
  9. petty
  10. kanko
  11. one

INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN VICTORIAN TOUR

THE OLD COAL MINE “THE SHED”, WONTHAGGI | SATURDAY MARCH 20 | SOLD OUT

https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/the-shed-sessions-pierce-brothers-maddy-may/123931?skin=shed

HALLS GAP HOTEL, HALLS GAP | SUNDAY MARCH 21

www.hallsgaphotel.oztix.com.au

CHAPEL OFF CHAPEL, PRAHRAN | SATURDAY MARCH 27

https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/pierce-brothers-summer-sessions/

BLUESFEST, BYRON BAY | SATURDAY APRIL 4

https://www.bluesfest.com.au/

VOLTA ARTS & CULTURE, BALLARAT | FRIDAY APRIL 9 

https://volta3350-piercebrothers.eventbrite.com.au

PIER BANDROOM, FRANKSTON | SATURDAY APRIL 10

https://liveatyourlocal.oztix.com.au

BARWON CLUB, GEELONG | THURSDAY APRIL 22

https://barwonclub.oztix.com.au/?Event=122318

THE ESPY, ST KILDA | FRIDAY APRIL 23

https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/pierce-brothers/125635

CORNER HOTEL, RICHMOND | FRIDAY APRIL 30

https://cornerhotel.com/gig/141099950751/

SOOKIELOUNGE, BELGRAVE | FRIDAY MAY 7

https://sookilounge.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/7b6028de-022e-4b36-a931-ee211a9ef952?preview=1b8d34e0-a422-4b87-9e98-aac46d8bce22

SANDY POINT MUSIC CLUB, SANDY POINT | FRIDAY MAY 21

https://www.trybooking.com/BOUNT

WESTERNPORT HOTEL, SAN REMO | SATURDAY MAY 22

https://westernporthotel.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/3b489fab-355f-4ba6-9f33-98b478473b95

    

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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