Q&A Scene: Ships Piano

Tell us about your new single/album/tour?

We’re launching our album Treehouse at Yah Yah’s on November 24! It’ll come out on vinyl and digital via WAMD! Records. We recorded it at a warehouse in Fairfield fueled by 7/11 sausage rolls and Fairfield Pizza with Nick Treweek. It was mixed by Paul Maybury and mastered by Casey Rice.

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

Really loving Modern Convenience by Mod Con at the moment. It’s a really cool album.

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

We’ve been known to sneak in a few friends to gigs by claiming they are our backup dancers. Think Bez from the Happy Mondays. Anyone who comes to the album launch will realise how ridiculous this actually is.

What, or who, inspires you?

The woman, the myth, the legend Ruby Hoppen. She’s done all of the artwork for our releases while being a mum of two and a quilt making extraordinaire!

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Happy Man by Sunnyboys.

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

I don’t wanna taco about it.

What’s next for you?

After the launch we’re going to do some fun shows in the summer and hit the studio to start working on the next album.

What’s your scene?

Blue heaven and Bacardi slurpies and a St Kilda sunset.

About Ships Piano

Described by Triple J’s Dave Ruby Howe as “one of the most charming bands in the country” you’d be forgiven if you were wondering whatever happened to Melbourne four piece Ships Piano. Well wonder no more, as they emerge from a two year hiatus, the band are about to launch their brand spanking new album at Yah Yah’s on Sat 24 November.

Comprising of Sebastian Hoppen (vocals/guitar), Liam Moran (vocals/guitar), Toby Cameron-Hooper (bass), and Yue Yamanaka-Mead (drums), they are pumped to be playing songs off Ships Piano’s album entitled Treehouse, set to be released via WAMD! Records in vinyl format and digital.

Ships Piano are a mix of jangly overdriven guitars, hyperactive drums and slinky basslines. Songwriters Seb Hoppen and Liam Moran write brash, melodic songs about relationship breakdowns, unwanted houseguests and embarrassing incidents at the local pub.

Ships Piano formed in high school over a love of 90s American Post-Hardcore and 80s Australian Power Pop. They have recorded and self-released two EP’s Acrobats Tumble and Casper. Ships Piano have shared the stage with Future of the Left, Waaves, Kelley Stoltz, the Pretty Littles, Dick Diver and Panel of Judges among many others.

“Despite having a Brit-Pop feel, they sound unabashedly Australian. Think Bloc Party or Art Brut jamming in the bush with twangy guitars” Faster Louder

Ships Piano
Melbourne Album Launch
Sat 24th November
Yah Yah’s
99 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Pre-sales : $10 + BF via Eventbrite or
$15 entry on the door (if available)
Doors : 8pm
Supports : TBC

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