The Creases are an integral part of the Brisbane music scene, aside from crafting some of the best pop music to come out of Australia in the past decade, they've also been a huge part of curating fantastic shows and supporting the scene.
Written by Brodie Popple
Photograph by Savannah van der Niet
FOUNDATION SOUNDS WITH
Joe Agius, Aimon Clark, Gabe Webster, Jarrod Mahon (and recently joined live member) Steve Kempnich have left a huge impression on this town as not only The Creases but as; Rinse, Emerson Snowe, Ciggy Pop and part of Morning Harvey. 2017 was a massive year for the band with the release of their long awaited debut album Tremolow and a pretty hefty tour to match. Now onto their second tour in six months, The Creases are set to play two hometown shows at The Foundry this week. The boys will also be playing The Australian Open tomorrow.
I had a chat with Joe as part of our new monthly segment where we get to know which bands and songs helped shape some of our favourite musicians to become the people they are today. To celebrate the start of this segment, we'll also be giving away two free passes to the sold out show this Friday at The Foundry. Find out how at the bottom of this page.
In 2017 you released your highly anticipated debut album Tremolow, toured around the country and played a plethora of amazing festival slots. What was your personal high point of the year?
Our album release tour last year was very special to us because it was the first time where people knew our entire set and having that attention and response from song one was something we’ve never really had before. Some unexpected shows like Adelaide were crazy especially and the crowd sung back every song to us louder than we could sing them.
As well as The Creases, you're all individually quite busy with other projects, will we be seeing much from you all in 2018?
We’ve got some really exciting things coming up this year but in terms of releasing any new music soon, I’m not sure. It’s in conversation at the moment. New songs have and are being written but it’s always quite a long process from demo to actual release for us. As you said we’ve got a lot of other projects going on so I think we’re looking forward to taking some extended breaks to push those and finish writing the new Creases album in the meantime. These January shows will probably be our last headline shows for a while before doing that.
Tremolow features a number of beautifully produced pop songs, some brand new ones but also a few older tracks as well. After signing with Liberation some years ago, what was the most important part of producing this record for you and what were some set backs you faced?
The most important part for us was just to put together an album where we felt strongly about every track as much as the next and looked at it as something for a wider audience that hadn’t heard of us or any of the older tracks before. Older tracks like ‘Point’ were also added for selfish reasons of wanting it to finally have a physical home. Set backs included most things you could imagine happening with redoing recordings and overcooking production / mixing. I really learnt exactly how not to make an album in a lot of ways with all that stuff and it’s made me very excited to record again and do thing’s a lot more streamlined.
Soul On Fire
Who it's by:
When you first heard it:
What it means to you:
I went by myself to see Spiritualized at Max Watts in 2012 and this song immediately became one of my favourites after seeing them perform it. I remember being completely sober because I was driving but felt on almost on drugs while being blasted by both sound and visuals front row haha.
Why its stuck with you:
I had liked a lot of Spiritualized music before I saw them but it really woke a special kind of love for them, this song and all kinds of noisey gospel inspired pop from then on after in me.
Go into the running to win 2 tickets to The Creases' SOLD OUT show this Friday at The Foundry by letting us know your favourite song by the band. Winners will be drawn on Thursday!