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Interview with The Buckleys

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Breathe with The Buckleys!

The Buckleys are Sarah (21), Lachlan (20) and Molly (18). While we are chatting Lachlan tells Sarah she’s too loud – in the way a brother does when his sister is a bit more enthusiastic than he likes. I kind of love this banter. I have kids this age. I can’t imagine them being in a band, touring the world like these kids have. They’ve played together  for around a decade. There’s a lot of magic in the mix.

INXS manager Chris Murphy saw it. He picked them up as the second and only band besides INXS on Petrol Records (through Universal Music).

The Buckleys miss Chris. ‘He was our mentor and someone we fully trusted’ said Sarah. ‘It’s hard to find someone to get that kind of creative trust and know they have your best interests at heart.’ Before Covid-19, everything was pretty well a fairytale for The Buckleys. At the end of 2019 they went to Nashville to record their debut album. Yep, Nashville. They wouldn’t have even been much over 20. ‘When we were kids going to school we would talk about it as one of our dreams ‘ said Sarah, ‘that we would record in Nashville.’

So this talented, energetic sibling band were about to hit the world.

‘We were going to go to Japan, Italy, France, New York… and then covid happened and our plans got shot down’ said Molly. Lachlan is more positive. ‘It has given us new opportunities’. Molly agrees, ’We went on a world virtual tour with Live Nation, which was super exciting. ’We reached over four million people’ chimes in Lachlan. Not bad for three local kids who live in Clunes.

There’s talent in them there hills!

We’ve met at a cafe in Mullumbimby. Mullum does have special significance for The Buckleys. ‘We have been playing Mullum since the music festival – we loved playing Mullum,’ says Molly. Sarah reflects ‘It was so cool, and in 2011 I did the Youth Mentorship Program. Every time we played the audience got bigger and it got better’.

‘The last time we looked out –’ says Lachlan ‘I thought, “It’s going to be empty”– then we walked out and it was full’.

The Buckleys recorded their debut album Daydream at Sound Emporium in Nashville, where Kenny Rogers recorded The Gambler, where Robert Plant and Taylor Swift and a whole host of successful people also made their mark.

‘It was super inspiring and super intimidating, the musicians are next level’ said Lachlan. ‘We aren’t committed to a genre’ says Molly. We try and stay open minded. We have been playing for so long now we can see how our sound has evolved and grown creatively.’

‘We listen to different stuff’ says Lachlan, ‘but we like the same music. We bring that to our recording.’

‘I got into Blondie and Joan Jett. ‘ Says Sarah. ‘When it comes to genres, for us the lines are blurred. For us it’s about putting out something that you love’.

The latest single release is ‘Breathe’.

‘I wrote this around the bushfires’ said Sarah. ‘A few days before we recorded it and our producers loved it.’

‘Lachlan and I heard it on the plane on the way to Nashville,’ said Molly, ‘and we thought this has to be on the album’.

‘Breathe’ was recorded and co-written by Sarah Buckley and two times Grammy winning producer and engineer Chad Carlson, whose credits include Taylor Swift, Jewel and the Hunger Games soundtrack.

“Breathe’ was our musical prayer to the world,’ explains The Buckleys’ singer. ‘I wrote this song at a time when Australia was experiencing devastating bushfires. It was a message of strength, vulnerability, hurt, hope and moving forward. I find myself remembering these lyrics in moments where I just need to stop, close my eyes, listen to the sounds of world around me and just breathe. Today this song has a far more personal meaning to us. This track was our label chairman and mentor Chris Murphy’s favourite song on our album. His passing earlier this year has been incredibly difficult to come to terms with. We performed the song at his funeral, and now it will always hold a very special place in our hearts.’

The Buckleys are one of the headline acts at The Byron Music Festival on Saturday. Tix: byronmusicfestival.com.au.

They also play Bluesfest in October! (bluesfest.com.au)

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