An Interview with The Creases: Schizophrenic and full of love
by Robin Ecouer
Third Outing caught up with Joe Aigus from The Creases to talk about future plans, the band's first LP, DMA's and the three things you will never know about The Creases if you don't read this interview! Now if that isn't a hook, we don't know what is. Hello Joe Aigus of The Creases...
Let's start with an easy one, how's Brisbane at the moment?
It's very hot and humid, it's my least favourite time of the year so I've been staying inside hibernating and playing music most of the last couple of months.
You are about to record new songs. Tell us more about what's happening?
We're currently down in Melbourne right now recording a couple of singles. I think we'll be recording a lot this year but this will be the first taste of it all, one will hopefully be out within a month or so.
How close are you to finishing the long awaited first LP?
Demo wise we've got a few albums worth of music now but we're not really rushing into anything so we're spending at least the first half this year on writing and replacing the short-listed songs with better ones until we are incredibly happy with it all. I just don't want to release an album worth of songs we're so invested in when we're not in a perfect place where it can be heard by as many people as we'd like to be, or in a position to be able tour it as wide as we could so we'd rather wait until we can do it right.
The album so far is a pretty wide mix of sounds ranging from some real post-punk influences like Gradient to a lot of Electronic, Britpop and Acid-House influence which you'll hear on the the first two singles. I think a lot of people will be surprised by some elements but underneath it all I feel as though melodically and vocally the songs are all very much in the same simple Pop vein as Point and I Won't Wait.
"We get restless and like too many genres and too many bands to ever settle and stay in one place sonically".
Gradient EP is very 80's...it's almost a Shoeagaze record. A mishmash of different influences?
The EP was more our actual style, it's what we listened to and liked playing at the time when the songs were written. I can't really write more than a couple of songs in the same style at one time otherwise I get in a rut so naturally in bigger releases there is a wider mix of sounds. We get restless and like too many genres and too many bands to ever settle and stay in one place sonically.
I remember your story quite well. The first single release and the Rough Trade association. You gigged around and people were expecting new music and big things. How did you experience the whole thing?
The first year of the band was a bit of a whirlwind, we were picked up by Rough Trade not even having more than a couple of songs and never having played a gig, so we've spent the first year or so of the band playing catchup and trying to meet a lot of expectation. We're feeling a lot more confident in everything now.
Tell us 3 things people don't know about The Creases yet?
All our parents own the same fridge and our dads names are Michael (meant to be obviously), also one of us has 11 toes...