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JOSH PYKE INTERVIEW : NATIONAL ALBUM TOUR IN JAN/FEB

-by Jacob Herbert

Okay so you are soon to be heading on tour around Australia for the release of your new album BUT FOR ALL THESE SHRINKING HEARTS which starts off on January 29th and Finishes here in Perth on February 20th at the Astor theatre, it’s kicking off pretty soon, how are you feeling about it?

“Yeah I’m excited! It’s going to be great to get back out on the road with new record but especially because these are full band shows. The last time I was playing in Perth it was actually with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra but these will be the first full band shows in a couple of years so it’s going to be awesome!”

and I see you’re going to be bringing Brisbane act Banff along with you, how did you come across his music?

“Well basically every tour I do, my manager and booking agents give me a list of about 20 acts they feel would be most appropriate for the tour then I go through them all and choose which one I like best! Then I just cross my fingers that they’re nice people as well.”

So your album was released in July and was pretty successful getting number 2 on the ARIA charts and number 1 on the australian albums chart! that’s pretty neat! what gave you the inspiration for the album name ‘But for all these shrinking hearts?’

Most of the time I get my album name from a song title or a song lyric but there just didn’t seem to be one lyric or one song title that could sum up what the album was saying to me. I came across a little note that I had written to myself when had been in London last year touring and when we were still writing the record and basically I was in the middle of London and there was all these people streaming in. It’s a kind of a pretty weird, aggressive vibe in London, I wrote this line and it just said “you are a shadow held aloft in a world left sparse for all these shrinking hearts.” This seemed to really express this feeling of disillusion and then trying to hang on to something to get you through a period of feeling disillusioned. So I took the last line and made that the album title.

How do you relate the image of the perpetual motion machine to the album?

Well the perpetual motion thing is an interesting one because you can’t actually make it, and have been trying for years but it’s not physically possible because of various laws of science. But i think that creativity is in perpetual motion, and not just songwriting and art but just creative thinking. You think about our world and think about how many bad things are happening now and in the past and mankind but we always seem to innovate our way out of problems. Overall that really inspires me, creativity to me just seems to be perpetually in motion.

what was your favourite track to write on the album and why?

I think, um, the first track ‘Book of Revelations’ was probably my favourite, it was one of the first ones I wrote after the last album. I demo’d the track at home, played the drums and all, it was just really fun and it’s got a nice rock vibe to it. I felt like it was signaling a new creative phase and when I listen to that song I can still kind of remember that feeling.

What has been your favourite gig to date?

Ever? oh that’s a tough one.. I’ve probably played close to 1000 shows or something, but I would probably have to say playing Glastonbury Festival was a real highlight for me, not only for performing but for just going, I got to hang with some friends after the show and had fun just experiencing the festival.

where was your first gig?

My very first gig was actually at my primary school year 6 graduation concert. We had just formed a band and I was the singer and we performed a few songs at this concert. It was my first gig, terrifying but captivating! It was from that point I knew I wanted to do music as a career.

 

JOSH PYKE ‘BUT FOR ALL THOSE SHRINKING HEARTS’ ALBUM TOUR

FRI 29 JAN | TWILIGHT AT TARONGA, SYDNEY NSW (ALL AGES)

Tickets available from www.twilightattaronga.org.au

SAT 30 JAN | CANBERRA THEATRE PLAYHOUSE, CANBERRA ACT (ALL AGES)

Tickets available from www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au | 02 6275 2700 | Canberra Theatre Box Office

 THU 04 FEB | STUDIO 56 @ MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST QLD

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

 FRI 05 FEB | THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE QLD

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

 SAT 06 FEB | STAR COURT THEATRE, LISMORE NSW (ALL AGES)

Tickets available from www.starcourttheatre.com.au | 02 6622 5005

 FRI 12 FEB | MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS, MELBOURNE VIC (ALL AGES)

Tickets available from www.zoo.org.au/twilights

 SAT 13 FEB | THE WOOL EXCHANGE, GEELONG VIC

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

 FRI 19 FEB | HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA (ALL AGES)

Tickets available from www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au | 131 246 | All BASS Outlets

 SAT 20 FEB | ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH WA*

Tickets available from www.astortheatreperth.com | 1300 111 369

*U18 can attend with parent/guardian

 

Photo Credit: Josh Pyke

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