Our Man in Berlin is one of Australia’s most promising rock groups. Hailing from Perth, the group has continually toured this country in the hopes of delivering a unique and catchy sound to each state and territory. In addition, the group is playing at next month’s Lights Out Arts Festival on March 29th. Music writer Tom Munday chatted with the group about their exciting future.
How did the band come together?
I guess just the usual way of playing gigs and slowly meeting like minded musicians. Trevor and myself started off as an acoustic duo about 5 years ago. Its was only about 1 year ago that we finally evolved to the 5 piece band that we are now much more electronic than our acoustic beginnings.
How did the group find its signature sound?
I don’t think we have a signature sound yet, i guess our forthcoming EP is one half electronic and one half organic, but we are always trying to evolve and i don’t think we want to settle on any one sound. There are so many great genres to be inspired by and we try not to limit ourselves.
What have been the tour highlights and lowlights, so far?
Playing our first headline show in Melbourne was pretty great. We had a good, enthusiastic turn out, meet some rad people and ‘Airhead’ (the single we were touring) got its first spin on triple j in the same 24hour period. So i guess that was just a really nice feeling to know that the music was connecting with people in some way and that we had people coming to see us in a city we’d never played before and radio starting to become aware of our existence.
Why is Perth such an opportunistic place for musicians?
Because its big enough to give you opportunities to get your music out there, and still small enough to let you get away from everything and just focus on making music that you love.
What will you bring to the lights Out Arts Festival? How important are these events to Perth’s music scene?
We will be playing 3 new songs for the first time, plus others of course (two of which are on our EP which comes out in May). I think any event that promotes original music and art is great. Not just for the music scene but for the city in general. You can never have too much culture.