Q&A with Mikelangelo
Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
Its pretty exciting to have a new band and to be able to release a ‘debut’ single. Our first offering is slice of primal rock’n’roll called Man Cave. We recorded the song at Zen studios in Sydney along with three other tracks. They were meant to be demos but the results were exciting, so we sent the tapes to Myles Mumford at Rolling Stock records and he produced the carvernous sound of the single. Having Jon Creenaune come in and play sax on Man Cave was great, that man has got a wild sound! The B-side, Talking In My Sleep, shows off a completely different side of the band, its dreamy, drifting late-night Lynchian pop featuring the angelic vocals of Broads.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Sometimes its like marshmallows, sometimes its like roadkill…
Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?
Man Cave certainly gets people going; the primal beat, the riffs and the lyrics. Another of our songs, Love Comes Knockin’, is a killer too, the rhythm is just so exciting to play and I think that gets people moving, its some kinda love child of 70’s Iggy Pop and Van Morrison’s first band Them, going full tilt.
Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.
Well, Spectres Of Love have only played one show, so we have a open book of rock anecdotes to write. A first gig was on Halloween eve at one of my favourite Sydney venues – The Bearded Tit – in Redfern. I’m happy to say that everything went off without a hitch, the venue even brought in a catwalk to extend the stage and give me room to strut my stuff.
As far as being on the road, the band recently made a big road trip to my hood, the Monaro High plains, beautiful countryside in NSW, just beyond Cooma, heading towards the Snowy Mountains. We had four days of rehearsal and spent our time playing music in a big old haunted homestead on a vast property surrounded by gorgeous and ghostly dead trees and huge wide open skies. A suitably spectral setting to get our tunes happening.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from the landscape I just mentioned. No two days are the same. I love seeing the way the light falls on the hills and the plains, and the incredible clouds and colours that fill the sky. I don’t specifically write about these things, well not yet anyway, but they free my mind to wander and dream. I like having space to imagine.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the way the idea of ‘darkness’ is often used as a way of referring to evil or terrible things in the world. As much as I love light, I love the darkness too. I think its a mistake to associate darkness with negativity. The mysteries and beauty that lie in the darkness and the night are nothing to be scared of. I’ve been working with the band on a new song called Dark Heart, exploring the idea of going into the unknown and finding illumination in the dark corners of ourselves.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
I love getting this question again, cos I can pick a new song each time! Today I’m going to say ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ by Blue Oyster Cult. It pretty much encapsulates what I’ve just been saying about not fearing the dark forces within us and around us.
What’s next for you?
The first Spectres Of Love tour! We’re heading to Canberra and Melbourne to launch the Man Cave single, which is pretty exciting. We are making recording plans for our debut album too, I want to capture something of the band at the beginning of our journey.
What’s your scene?
Sunglasses at night
About Spectres of Love
With tremolo guitar set to stun, electric bass prowling and drums rumbling like thunder, Spectres Of Love create a brooding sonic landscape for the unmistakable voice of Mikelangelo and his spine tingling tales.
Welcome to Spectres Of Love, a world of lonesome outsiders, haunted dreamers and sexually charged rock’n’roll. Denizens of dark romance and filmic atmos, thrown together by a shared lust for the primordial swamp and garage rock, doo wop and 60s pop, this new trio features Mikelangelo (Black Sea Gentlemen, Tin Star) on lead vocals and electric guitar; Michaela (El Dinero) on bass & vocals and AJ True (Zombie Ghost Train) on drums & vocals.
Debut single Man Cave heralds the arrival of the group in no uncertain terms. With immediate punch and hooks a plenty, sultry verse leads into anthemic chorus over a riff that takes no prisoners, the music rises and falls, climaxing in a primal chant over a hypnotic beat. Recorded live and kicking with special guest Jon Creenaune on saxophone at Sydney rock institution Zen studios with resident engineer Geoff Lee (Boy and Bear, Frenzal Rhomb). Mixed by Myles Mumford (Kim Salmon, Rich Davies) at Rolling Stock Recording Room in Melbourne.
This trio consolidates decades of individual and collective experience around the globe on stage, record and film, from major festivals, awards and critical acclaim in Australia, NZ, UK, Europe, US and Canada.
Spectres Of Love are specialists in songs that chronicle the high life and low road of the red light district; tunes that channel the dreams and nightmares of honeymooners past, present and yet to be. Slicing through a mist of nostalgia into the heady rush of here and now, these are songs shot through with pop-cultural references riding a musical wave both arresting and sublime.
Expect a debut album from Spectres Of Love in early 2017. Meanwhile be assured, “When love comes a knock- in’ at your door, it’s not a social visit that’s for sure.”
Don’t miss Spectres Of Love as they set their stun guns to high when they grace the stage of The Polish Club in Canberra on Friday 9th December. Tickets on sale now via venue website : $25 full, $20 concession/$15 for Canberra Musicians Club members. Doors 7.30pm. And also at the Spotted Mallard in Melbourne on Friday 23rd December. Doors at 6pm. Pre-sales via Moshtix for $20 plus bf, or $25 on the door if available.
Spectres Of Love
Friday 9th December
The Polish Club
38 David Street, Turner, Canberra
Tickets on sale now via venue website : $25 full, $20 concession/$15 Canberra Musicians Club discount
Doors : 7.30pm, show 8pm
Friday 23rd December
The Spotted Mallard
314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Pre-sales : $20 + BF via Moshtix or $25 on door if available
Doors : 6pm, show 9pm
For more information go to: www.facebook.com/spectresoflove