They’ve not only changed their lineup, but changed pace as well. They farewelled four band members to come back as a six-piece band and slide between guitar-driven pop to soulful ballads. And a new album offers an emotionally assertive voice matched equally in musical intricacies. What’s even more awesome is that Saskwatch are coming back to the Gold Coast (yes, again) with a killer set planned for Soundlounge this month.
Jodie Bellchambers exchanged emails with Nkechi Anele ahead of their 30-date national tour.
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Sorry I Let It Come Between Us has received glowing media praise, how have the audiences responded to the album played in a live setting?
So far we’ve had a really great response. We were in WA last weekend and we had a really great time in all the places we have played. Obviously this album is not as ‘party’ as our previous albums but we have had a great response to it. For the most part we’ve had a lot support from people who were already aware of our music and also a good response from new audiences discovering us – the first time Saskwatch listeners.
You’re now a six-piece band after having parted ways with four members. Have you settled into your current line-up?
Yes we have Sam Raines now on drums, he replaced Ed Crocker and our four-piece horn section is now a one-piece. I think last year when we made the move to the smaller band it was really nerve racking playing our first few gigs. We went straight into playing Groovin’ The Moo after the change but we found from last year that we had a lot of time to work on songs and rediscover them as a six piece. Then being on tour with The Reubens really helped us set our new sound in stone. We got to play a lot of big venues on that tour that we hadn’t played before and were introduced to different audiences which enabled us to develop ourselves for this tour.
How would you describe your music with the new line-up?
I guess we would be more rock pop than soul with still some elements of soul in there from past influences.
How do you as a band complement one another in the creative process of song writing?
I think it works from just knowing each other for such a long time. It becomes second nature to know who is going to make the most suggestions or who will make the most contributions to a song in the band, or explore changing a song completely or just nailing the song as it is. That comes from the relationship we have outside of music together as well, we have all known each for at least eight years since university days.
Do you think the live music scene – both small venues and festivals – in Australia is thriving at the moment?
Yes I think that it goes through waves in Australian music through avenues like mainstream radio play. Melbourne has always had a very strong and supportive creative arts scene whether it is music or something else. But I do feel like Australian artists are definitely very open to creating their own sounds and voice so this helps create an exciting scene.
You’re on tour with Brisbane pop indie outfit Cub Sport in support. Tell me about them?
When we started to tour we listened to a lot of local acts from different states and we found them through a suggestion, so we had a listen to their music and we really liked them.
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Saskwatch are playing the Currumbin Soundlounge on Sunday March 13.