Tales In Space
Fast becoming one of Sydney’s favourite electro-pop duos, Tales In Space are in no way slowing things down. Currently in the midst of an excitingly hectic year, they’ve recently released another single ‘In A Million Places At Once’ from their forthcoming debut album. On top of that, they’ve been invited to play at BIGSOUND and have been flying on private jets to play tropical island weddings. Sounds like not a bad life right? We caught up with band member Luke Bert to see how it’s all been panning out.
You’ve just released your latest single ‘In A Million Places at Once’, tell us a bit about it?
Okay well firstly it’s the second single of our forthcoming debut album, which will be out early next year. It’s a follow on single from 'Shades,' which was the first to drop from the album. It’s a little bit different I guess in that it’s more of a kind of down-beat electro kind of song. Yeah I guess I feel like it’s a good representation of where we are as a band at the moment, with our style and where we want to kind of take our music.
So you've been invited to play BIGSOUND this year, congratulations! What does this mean for you guys and the near future of the band?
I guess it’s hard to know exactly what it means until after we play, because it’s our first time. We’re not really sure what to expect, and I guess it’s the sort of thing where a lot of it is about networking and always showing your band to the industry. I guess we don’t really know, but I guess it means that it puts us on the radar a little more in that industry, and a good next step for the band.
Who are you most excited to see there?
I am really excited to see The Trouble With Templeton, which is great because they’re playing just before us. We're on the Unearthed stage. Buchanan are cool, I’ve actually seen them recently and you know I'm excited to see them again. They’re actually playing after us, they're an amazing band! I would like to see Hey Geronimo, I reckon that would be awesome, and Jonti. I’ve seen Jonti before and he was amazing, I would definitely like to see him again. Lanterns also, again I think I’ve seen a lot of them but I’m excited to see them all again! Lanterns are incredible and I’d love to see them.
So this year’s touring schedules been pretty hectic; a tour with Enola Fall, shows with Stonefield the other night, playing a tropical island wedding, and about to support Kingswood. How do you guys find the touring lifestyle?
I guess it is difficult for a band like us, in the sense that we don’t have any like label support or any sort of financial support that a lot of other bands have. So you know it’s definitely on a budget, all our touring, so it does get tough in that sense that accommodation and travel and everything has to be covered in the cheapest possible way. It can get pretty tough in that sense. We do get along well as a band though so that makes it a lot easier, and makes it quite enjoyable, but tough at the same time.
On these national tours you would have managed to see a lot of other Australian cities and towns. How do these compare to Sydney in terms of the music scene?
I think it’s quite similar, I know people do like to try to describe other cities as being a lot different. I think at the end of the day they're quite similar, I think the scene in all the cities is quite similar. If I was to get really specific I would definitely have to say there’s' a bit more of a cultural scene in Melbourne but it’s not like dramatically different to Sydney, I don’t think.
That’s refreshing to hear. Now I love your film clip for ‘Shades’- who did you work with to make it happen and what was the inspiration behind it?
That was actually our friend Ed, who is studying animation and that was his first ever attempt at an animation, which is pretty amazing. I guess we just gave him some guidelines about the song, obviously he knew the song and we asked him to put his own ideas behind it. It was more guided by his interpretation. I guess the base of the story is the tree person (laughs) becomes a robot and become this powerful being. I guess if it were to relate to the song, it would be feeling good about feeling elite, in that sense.
Back to the forthcoming album, which you've said is set to drop at the beginning of next year. Tell us what we can expect to hear and the overall style of it.
I guess it’s quite eclectic, its ranges from guitar kind of driven songs like 'Shades' and then it kind of gets through to quite electronic. I wouldn’t say it genre specific electronic, like house music or dub step or anything like that. It’s more like LCD Soundsystem and MGMT, kind of a mash up with rock influences. So yeah I think it’s quite eclectic with a bit of a mash-up of styles from guitar to electronic indie pop.
Does it feature any collaborations?
There are no collaborations, we did have a couple of people join us on the record though. One of the guys from Dappled Cities, Alex (Moore), played drums on 'Shades'. We also had a gentleman call Bart Debaro, he's from an amazing band called Briscoe. He played some little bits and pieces on the record.
Do you think it’s too early to call a favourite track?
Yeah I'm not too sure, it is too early. It’s hard to say because we've been immersed in it for so long. It’s hard to judge after listening to it for such an extended period. It’s overwhelming, I’m not sure yet of my favourite song would be.
So you were likening your sounds to LCD Soundsystem and MGMT before - who would you say have been some of the biggest influences on you guys?
I would say both of those two bands would be massive. Radiohead is a huge influence as well, I think in a big sense. Like stylistically with Radiohead how they use quite a diverse sound of electronic and band crossover, which I think we do as well. They can just be so diverse in their song writing and production and I think we aim to do that also.
You’ve done a few cool remixes of some other bands such as Dappled Cities, John Steel Singers and Hungry Kids of Hungary - would you ever dabble in Tales in Space DJ sets?
We have actually done it once and it was really fun! Yeah it was really really good, we did a DJ set once at Oxford Art Factory and it was great. We actually talked about it just the other day and were saying it would be cool to do more DJ gigs! I’m not really sure how we would go about it, I’m sure if we asked around we might be able to get something. But yeah I feel it’s something we would like to do if we get the opportunity again, we'll probably say yes for sure.
In regards to Sydney now, in your opinion what would the best place to catch a gig, your ultimate Saturday night out and perfect Sunday arvo?
Okay best place to catch a gig... Oh man, that's a tough one! Um maybe, Oxford Art Factory. Best thing to do on a Saturday night, I don’t know, get drunk (laughs). Get drunk and have a barbecue and then go see some music and party (laughs). It's a pretty generic answer I know (laughs).
And your Sunday arvo?
Maybe play some tennis? I don’t even play any professional tennis at all, but we both like to play a bit of tennis, but we're really bad! Oh and also maybe go to the beach.
And of course, what’s in the pipeline for you guys now?
Well obviously we've got BIGSOUND coming up, we've got a bunch of shows before and after that, and then the album is pretty much finished. So we've got to get the release ready for that, so it’s ready for next year. I think that kind of keeps us busy for the rest of the year, maybe hopefully start writing the next album as well!
- James Sherley