1. Your Profile
We are a four-piece psych-pop band from Sydney featuring Jess Beck on vocals, me on guitar, and twin bros Jeff and Curt Argent keeping it solid on drums and bass. We love to keep things upbeat for a good time, but we know when to be serious. We’re definitely not exclusive and want to spread our music far and wide with as many people as possible. We’re looking to meet fans who love music, and like to stay out late dancing on tables, unless security asks them not to, then they just go to the dancefloor and watch the band.
2. Keeping Busy
We released our debut album Animal Kingdom in March, and we have been touring around the country playing music from the album as well as a couple of new songs. Between gigs, back in Sydney we’ve been rehearsing and writing new material. We are loving the new tunes and are hoping to record a second album in the near future.
3. Best Gig Ever
It’s hard to pick a favourite, but one gig that stands out was playing with Bec Sandridge and Elki earlier this year in Byron Bay at the Great Northern. Bec rocks hard, and the Elki crew are all friends of ours from Sydney, so it was a proper hoot to play together and watch each other’s shows. So far there haven’t been any total disaster gigs… maybe the worst is ahead of us?
4. Current Playlist
Right now some of the artists we are enjoying are Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Middle Kids, Olympia, Kimbra, Matt Corby and Sampa The Great. They’re all artists that write great material with lush arrangements. Some great gigs I’ve seen lately are Gang Of Youths and Methyl Ethyl. Jess and the twins caught Lianne La Havas play solo recently at Oxford Art Factory and talked it up so much I got jealous for missing it.
5. Your Ultimate Rider
An assorted case of delicious craft beers to keep our drummer Jeff happy; he’s a home brewer with a highly developed palate. A collection of Coonawarra’s finest reds to remind our singer Jess of home. A bottle of pinot noir, so our bass player Curt can pretend he’s Miles from the movie Sideways. Some espresso martinis – truth be told I’m not really charismatic and sometimes need a vibe top-up before a show. Of course, some tequila for a band-bonding cheeky shot right as we go onstage. To eat we would like a few trays of fresh oysters, lobsters and some traditional wood-fired pizzas. We would also require an above ground pool in the green room with some flotation devices and a trained lifeguard.
Realistically we are grateful for a few beers and/or a cheap bottle of red, a packet of chips and a place to sleep!
Animal Kingdom is out now independently. Pirra play the Union Hotel on Thursday June 1.