Convaire - Sir Elton John - The Lion King

My First CD: John Towey, Convaire

Sydney indie-pop four-piece Convaire shared a fantastic new disco inspired single with us all last week titled ‘Talk In Technicolour.’

The group have a certain unique sound and style to the music they produce and we thought it would be real nice to find out who influenced their musical beginnings. We ask the band’s main-man John Towey where his music roots took hold.

“Right now I’m listening to a lot of DFA Records releases as well as all the great Australian Dance music going around. Before that when I was at uni I was all about MGMT, Neon IndianPhoenix and the like.

Tracing things back in preceding order I had a French House phase, which followed the years where all I listened to was Radiohead, which came after my obsession with grunge and Pearl Jam. But it all started with The Lion King Soundtrack.

The Lion King soundtrack was the bomb. Dan who plays bass in Convaire is more of an Aladdin guy – and that’s why he and I are just two people who play in a band together and not friends. Sure the album has it’s weaknesses, ‘Hakuna Matata’ hasn’t aged well and ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Be King’ always missed the mark for me, but there’s no denying the visceral quality of ‘Be Prepared’ or the raw emotion that powers ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’. I think everyone would agree that it features Sir Elton‘s best and most relevant work, and I definitely learnt a lot about melody from that album.”

After that we can’t not listen to Sir Elton John performing The Lion King‘s, ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight.’

Here is Convaire’s brand new single, ‘Talk In Technicolour’ – you can totally hear the influences in there….

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