From the depths of Brisbane emerged indie 6-piece Mosman Alder. Their debut EP is about to hit stores and a few live gigs have been locked-in for June/July, including a spot on the Splendour In The Grass bill. Last week, we spoke to Kat – the redheaded pianist, about hopes, Splendour stalking and Arcade Fire.
Where are you and what are you wearing?
[Laughs] I’m in the Dew Process office in Brisbane and I’m wearing a Besnard Lakes t-shirt, a black denim skirt, and some stockings [laughs].
For the second year running, you’ve scored a spot on the Splendour In The Grass line-up.
The line-up is phenomenal. It’s just going to be a lot of adrenalin-fuelled fun. Last year there were definitely a lot of nerves running wild. We played on the Sunday so I guess we couldn’t really relax and enjoy ourselves too much before playing. But it was still just really exciting – the vibe was amazing and the show went really well.
Who will you be stalking at Splendour this year?
[Laughs] I do love Smashing Pumpkins and I have always loved The White Stripes, although I’m not too sure how I feel about Jack White’s new stuff just yet. It would be cool to meet them. Lana Del Rey will be interesting, I think. I do love Tame Impala as well. I’ve never seen them play before so I’m really excited.
How do you feel about being compared to Arcade Fire?
Awesome [laughs]. I can see how people can make that connection to our style of songs, especially with ‘Raising Heart.’ Also, we are huge Arcade Fire fans so it’s an amazing compliment for us to hear that.
Your debut EP is out next week. Was the recording process an easy one?
It wasn’t too difficult. We had the songs already laid out and ready to go. It was just a matter of experimenting and changing a few things around in the studio. The overall production time seamed to take a long time due to outside influences, like the studio having to close down due to renovations. The entire recording process took us about 15 days but that was spanned over about 6 months [laughs].
What does Mosman Alder have planned for the near future?
I’m hoping we will have an album out next year but that isn’t even in the works just yet [laughs]. Definitely a lot of touring around the country and hopefully some overseas shows as well.
Check out Arcade Fire-esque track ‘Raising Heart’:
Mosman Alder have a few non-Splendour dates planned for next month. Entry is $10 at the door.
Friday, June 15 – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Friday, June 22 – The Grace Darling, Melbourne
Saturday, June 23 – FBi Social, Sydney
Mosman Alder’s debut EP Burn Bright is available for purchase this week and you can stream it right here: