INTERVIEW: GREAT GABLE DROP NEW SINGLE ‘ALL MY FRIENDS’ AS WELL AS ANNOUNCE ANOTHER AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Great Gable's latest single 'All My Friends' was added to full rotation on Triple J this week, with Richard Kingsmill commenting “Alex's voice shines here - the right combo of regretful emotion with a little restraint... Looking forward to the album later this year.” The track dropped last Friday as well as the announcement of another Australian and New Zealand tour kicking off this April. Recorded at world-renowned studio The Music Farm and produced by Matt Corby and Alex Henriksson, the addictive new single features driving rhythms and nostalgic golden tones. This carefree indie-rock Peth outfit has already seen multiple sold-out headline tours of Australia and New Zealand as well as festival appearances at Groovin The Moo, Falls Festival and SOTA Fest in the past 12 months. Read the full interview with the band below.
First up, how did Byron treat you and how did the album recording go?
CAL: Byron treated us so well thanks! Weather was sick and the tunes really came together. Such a great experience working with Al [Henriksson] and Corbs [Matt Corby], really a dream team and helped challenge and inspire us. Some songs took a new direction which was cool to see and we are all pretty stoked with how they are all sounding - so keen to share them with everyone!
Lets talk about your latest single 'All My Friends' what made you pick this as the introduction to the upcoming tour and album release?
ALEX: As soon as we started jamming All My Friends it came together so quickly and felt really comfortable to play as a four piece. We added it to the live set and people seemed to connect with it straight away! Feels like the right song to introduce people to what’s coming. “All My Friends is about working towards forgiving yourself after hurting someone close to you. It's coming to peace with the mistakes you've made in a relationship and accepting that you're allowed to move on.
"There's something intimate about this - the plucking lullaby lines, the melancholy chords. Alongside the vocals, this is a stellar example of a song's power to confide in the listener." - Lucy Smith, Triple J
What can we expect from the rest of the album, does it have a theme or is it a collection of different stories?
ALEX: Working with our new producers (Henriksson and Corby) definitely forced us to dig a little deeper with our parts and especially lyrics. We wanted to make sure the album has an overall theme but without repeating ourselves. We can’t really say what people should expect from the album except that we’ve never been so proud to put our names next to our music.
What is your favourite thing about the Perth music scene? Which artists here have inspired your journey?
MATT: Coming into the Perth scene with bands like Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Spacey Jane kicking goals really inspires you to do your absolute best. It's awesome how close and supportive of each other everyone is.
What is your biggest pet peeve while on tour?
CHRIS: My biggest pet peeve whilst on the road would have to be the lack of vegan options on domestic flight. I hate to embrace the vegan cliché (complaining vegan)… but it can be a bit of a drag at times if I don’t have enough time before a flight to fix myself a meal or pack some snacks… it usually results in our drummer eating both my meal and his own haha. In saying all of that, Virgin Airlines served Hummus and pumpkin dip with crackers on our last 2 flights which was super tasty!
Great Gable have quickly amassed a fervent, die-hard fanbase following the 2019 release of ‘The Lazy Bones’ EP featuring singles ‘I Swear’ and ‘Cool Mind Blue’. Renowned for their mesmerising and commanding live performance, they’ve supported the likes of Ocean Alley, The Jungle Giants, Thelma Plum and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.
What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever done for you guys?
ALEX: Someone found out that I own a few chickens and presented me a list of potential chicken names at one of our east coast shows – eg. Chicky Minaj, Tikka Masala
I find it very inspiring that you have built an organic and dedicated following without a huge influence from commercial radio etc. What kind of advice would you give to those following in your footsteps or give yourselves a couple of years ago if you could?
MATT: I would say radio isn’t everything. There are many other ways to get yourself noticed, think outside the box and try new things. It’s one of the hardest things to succeed in but don’t let that stop you from giving it a go. Advice I would give myself from a few years ago is to appreciate how good it is, and to be patient.
And lastly, How would you describe 'Great Gable' if it was a flavour of ice-cream?
CAL: What a cool question. It would be like when you get a waffle cone with 4 heaped scoops with cookies and cream, vanilla, peanut butter and raspberry and white chocolate. Top it off with a bitta ice magic as well yeah sick.
"You know you're doing something right when you've got Matt Corby on your team. I suspect he's hearing the talented mix of moods here - the driving rhythm section and chorus seems like the track wants to take off but it just can't shake the sadness and regret, heard in those spindly guitar parts and melancholy chord changes." - Al Newstead, Triple J