Q&A Scene: Catherine Traicos

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

Luminaries II

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

Bitter dark chocolate eaten with a glass of full bodied red wine.

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

I once played a solo show in Brisbane and the rider was twenty free drinks only they didn’t have twenty free drink tokens, only twelve, so for the first eight they would hand them back to me with the drink. I decided to use several at a time and that is the night my love for fine whisky was born. They call it Brisvegas for a reason.

What, or who, inspires you?


Which song do you wish you wrote?

I seem to have a thing for songs about California… In California by Joanna Newsom, California by Joni Mitchell or California by Josh Ritter are up there… also the Low song and the Beach Boys… I’ll stop now.

What’s next for you?

Sleep, hopefully.

What’s your scene?

Shoegaze has-beens and once-weres

New album Luminaire is out Friday 10 November.

At the start of 2017, Catherine Traicos returned to the studio with a full band after a hiatus of four years from band work and one year from her solo work. Catherine, along with Darren Nutall, Gareth Skinner and Paul McKercher – her collaborators from her work with The Starry Night – were joined by Sam Worrad (The Holy Soul, Loene Cameron) on bass & Cec Condon (The Mess Hall, Roadhouses & Grinding Eyes) on drums.

The hand-picked team created Luminaire, an album over three years in the making, at Jim Moginie’s Oceanic Studios on Sydney’s northern beaches. The result is a melding of some intuitive and inimitable musical sensibilities that allow the singer/songwriter whose earlier work has been described by Rolling Stone as “…an impressive meeting of the earthy song-writing of Beth Orton with the grim undercurrents of, say, Portishead” and by The Age as “redolent in parts of the ragged, eerie estrogen blues of PJ Harvey or the gaunt bluegrass sonnets of Gillian Welch” to spread her wings a little wider.

Catherine says of the album “The album was in the works for over three years, and very nearly didn’t get made. I didn’t have the energy for it – because you have to drive it and it is work and truthfully this was the toughest of all my albums in that regard. I don’t feel I relaxed much during the recording process except for the times I was playing and singing.”

She continues “Some of the songs had a long time, years to ripen – others a few months. There is always the worry that with a body of work over such a long period of time that the pieces might lack cohesion when they are brought together. But when you record as a band in a special place like Oceanic, things take on their own character and recreate themselves. I worked with some amazingly talented and creative people on this project and am so happy about that. I hope you enjoy Luminaire.” Catherine’s many fans made over the course of her 6 releases no doubt very much will.

To celebrate the release of Luminaire, Catherine has announced shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth – details below.

Sunday 12 November


With Slow Dissolve Band

Free entry, 4pm


Friday 17 November

Petersham Bowls Club, SYDNEY

With The Gloomchasers

$10, 8pm


Friday 15 December

Bassendean Hotel, PERTH

$10, 8pm

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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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