Ever since they first started doing their thing with 80s pop tunes, The Audreys have been making a name for themselves with their kooky, left-of-centre approach.
Currently on their Till My Tears Roll Away national tour, the Audreys continue to be a little less conventional. Instead of going on stage and banging out a selection of songs, they have asked punters at each town to go on Facebook and request a playlist.
For Taasha Coates, this seemed like a pretty good solution.
‘Of course we want to play the new record, which is our fourth. But then we had to choose songs from our first three and there are 36 songs, so we were more interested in what people wanted to hear. What is interesting to us is it’s not the obvious singles…’
‘Musicians bust their arses deciding what track order, and then people just pick bits, or one track, to listen to! Personally I like to listen to a record in the way an artist made it. That way it’s a musical journey!’
She laughs, ‘I don’t even have an iPod – I have a record player. I love vinyl!’
‘We are nerds,’ admits Taasha, who adds, ‘we love fucking up people’s songs! We played songs like Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head and INXS’s Don’t Change very, very slowly. I love plain Walking on Sunshine with the minor chords.’
Being experimental and having fun is part of the creative creed for the Audreys, who recorded their most recent album Till My Tears Roll Away over just five days.
‘This was the first time Shane (Shane O’Mara – who had produced their previous albums) played as part of the band.’ The group have also managed to convince O’Mara to join them on the road – no mean feat, considering the guy is a virtual hermit!
The new album was made quickly, with the intention of retaining the rawness.
‘It’s all second or third takes. I like an album that doesn’t sound too slick. It’s too easy to make things slick these days!’
The Audreys play the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Thursday 19 June. Tickets are available at the venue.