Q&A Scene: Trish Young ~ The Clouds

Tell us about your latest EP release ? 

Our latest EP is called Zaffre, which is a beautiful word and an even more beautiful colour. We’re introducing three new songs we recorded long distance, in an experiment to see whether we can collaborate successfully without having to be in the same room at the same time. It turns out we can! The leading track, Mabel’s Bookshop, is a true story of marginalised people who find unexpected purpose and comradeship working in a secondhand bookshop. It’s power pop with an insistent rhythm and a soaring chorus. Float On Air combines dreamlike fairytale lyrics with a melody that moves from ethereal to dark pulsing and back again – an urban gothic waltz you can dance to. House of the Sun is built around a guitar riff with a driving tempo. It points out that if you live with the sun, your days are night and vice-versa. The time signature is weird, and when performed live there is always the exciting possibility of a complete train wreck. You have been warned. So have we.

Favourite work at this point in time? 
That’s an impossible question to answer! Trish here. Um, um – I never have a favourite because that implies just one thing! I recently saw Melodie Nelson live and loved her voice so much I asked the rest of the Clouds if she could play with us, please. And I asked her, too!  (No pressure, Melodie). I heard Girlie Bits by Ali Barter and loved it. Also Running With the Wolves by Aurora. Also Dreary Moon by Big Black Delta and Geri by Superhumanoids and I Belong In Your Arms by Chairlift.
An anecdote? 
One time it might have happened that we were in a hotel room with some kind of reproduction of an Impressionist style painting hanging on the wall, and it may have happened that  we took it down and took it out of the frame and embellished it tastefully. Then we may have put it back in the frame and hung it up again. This would have been defacement and vandalism but I’m not sure if it really occurred.
What or who inspires me/us? 
That’s another hard question! I can’t speak for the other Clouds, but I’m inspired by all sorts of random things – snippets of overheard conversation, single words, events, dreams, melodies that come from nowhere.
Which song do I wish I wrote?

There are so many! A very short list: Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, Poor Boy by Split Enz, The Flower Duet from the opera LakméMoon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, The Rhythm Divine by Yello, Isobel by Bjork
What’s next? 
We have upcoming shows that we’re very excited about, and we have demos flying around of song ideas to brainstorm and record. We’re looking forward to more workshopping new songs together and recording them, with a view to performing from Rio to Reykjavik.
What’s my scene? 
Ha. Toga parties, deep-sea diving, illuminated manuscripts and quantum spatial exogenic radial specificity. And geraniums.

The Clouds were among the leading lights of the Australian indie scene in the early to mid-nineties, fronted by the dual vocals of Jodi Phillis and Patricia Young. With three Top 50 Albums – including the classic “Penny Century” (going Gold) – The Clouds were well loved by critics and their huge fan base. They reformed briefly in 2014 to play a national tour.

The Clouds return in 2017 with a new single “Mabel’s Bookshop“ – featuring the first new material in 20 years from a forthcoming EP “Zaffre” out on February 14, 2017 as a digital download.

The Clouds play their first headline show in Sydney for 3 years – it will be a very special night of classic songs plus new material and a few surprises.

The Clouds are also playing nationally on the Day on The Green tour with Blondie and Cyndi Lauper in April.

THE CLOUDS launch “Zaffre” EP  
Plus Special Guests Melodie Nelson + Jack Tickner
Tickets $35.00+BF from


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