We’re all going on a Summer Holiday!
The Rails | Thursday 17 Jan | FREE
At its core, the Pete Allan Collective shares the same heart and soul as Pete’s trademark solo sound of coastal roots rock. But the addition of Daniel Seese (drums) and Josiah Chapman (keys) has allowed for new and exciting sonic elements that have taken the talented songwriter’s music to the next level. Moody and smooth, Summer Holiday is the first taste of the new band, and a perfect introduction – displaying all of the sophistication and nuance that can be produced by the Pete Allan Collective.
How does where you live influence the music you make?
The Sunshine Coast is where I grew up so the feeling of connection to this place is so strong for me. The beaches, creeks, and mountains have always been important places for me to escape to and spend time on pause. I guess that slowing down the pace helps me dig deeper into my mind and the themes I write about at the time.
Is there something about living near the ocean, do you think, that creates a different type of vibe in your music – or in music made there in general? Why is that, do you think?
I think the ocean definitely influences my music and the music of so many local artists here. One of my favourite things about the ocean’s character is its own ever-changing rhythms. Influenced by external and internal forces like wind, storms, and tides it can’t help but adapt and reflect the way it’s been affected. It can’t pretend to be calm when it’s getting thrown around! I wish people weren’t able to pretend either; things would probably be more complicated but at least it would be pure and honest! The saying ‘go with the flow’ for me isn’t throwaway; it’s kind of how we live here too. The ocean reminds me to not be too serious because things will usually always calm down.
It’s a great summer song. Tell me how you recorded Summer Holiday.
We were booked in to do some recording with our producer Paulie B for two other tracks. A day or two before, I’d started writing this track while thinking about how great it is to just get away from the norms of life, and how no-one ever wants to go home after a great holiday. I recorded it on my iPhone then sent it to everyone. When we turned up in the studio we decided to give it a go and the magic just flowed from there.
What’s your goal for the band for 2019?
Always to share our music with more people and create better community through live music. One definite goal is to be spending a lot more time in the studio this year as we’ve been touring a lot and not focusing too hard on the new music even though it’s there.
What should people expect from your gig at the Rails? Is it your first one?
Not my first gig at The Rails; I’ve played it solo a few times. First band show though, and we can’t wait to share our musical message with all of the beautiful Byron Shire crew! Expect to immerse yourself into some original Sunny Coast music and a couple of reworked covers here and there.
The Pete Allan Collective plays Thursday 17 January at the Rails.