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We Interview Celadore frontman Michael Cooper

This week, we chatted with Celadore frontman Michael Cooper about their upcoming EP The Bright And Blue and tour.  Check out the interview below.


We’re here, I guess to talk about the band, and to talk about your new song and new EP that’s coming out.

Your new Single “Kinks in Armour “has just come out.  It’s been produced by Chris Cheeney from The Living End.  So, he’s quite well known for his live performances.  In terms of production, what did he bring to the table?

Yeah, definitely, it was the first time we’d ever recorded when we were all actually in the one room. We’d sort of done live tracking before but we’d been, you know, staring at each other through bits of glass, so it was really good to just kind of feed off each other and make eye contact, and I think that kind of came through in the final result. You can really hear that live feel.

How important is that to you as a band? You seem to have gone to a bit of trouble to get that live sound in your latest recording.

Yeah, I think, we did an EP about . . . recorded our first one about two years ago, and we kind of did it piece by piece and added in a fair few overdubs, and we really just wanted to, I guess, strip this one back and get down to the essentials of being a three piece band, and Chris was the perfect guy to work with in that regard because he just kind of really encouraged that  and we got it back to basics. The whole EP is just  guitar, bass, drums, vocals. So, yeah, it was really important for us to get a really energetic and together kind of take of the song live.


So you’ve aimed for something more natural and wholistic. How important do you feel that is in an industry, the way it is at the moment,  where there’s so much autotune and so much post production. Is it sort of bringing music back to its roots?

Yeah, I guess. I mean, I think a lot of character’s been taken out of music with that kind of software, and the fact that you can make anyone sound like a superstar if you really want to, so to have music where you can hear it’s just people playing together and there’s bits that might not catch up 100, but it just adds to the character and feel of the song is just so important, and with vocals as well. I mean, it’s so hard being a singer, and you want everything to be perfect, and then you kind of take a step back and you’re like oh well maybe if you slave away at every line to get every line perfect, then it’s going to take away a lot of the charm and a lot of the feel of the song, so yeah, it’s definitely more about that than perfection for us, and hopefully . . . well I know there’s a lot of bands around, and artists that still think that way, so that’s good.


There seems to be a trend more towards the traditional recording methods, and traditional playing, I think in the independent industry at the moment.  So you’ve mentioned that you sort of work less with a song afterwards and it’s more natural. Does this mean you have to be more careful with bringing a completed song to the table?

Yeah, in the past we’ve kind of been able to really deconstruct things in the studio and add things to make certain parts stand out more, but we did a fair bit of pre-production, and Chris came to a few rehearsals with us before we went into the studio, so we really knew once we stepped in there, and we all picked up our instruments, we could nail it. So, it was very much about having a song ready to roll.


So what did you look for in your songs before recording?

We’ve always had songs with a lot of hooks, and kind of catchy melodies, I suppose, but we really just wanted to sound like we do when we play live, which is just three people feeding off each other. And we always . . . one of the things that people say to us after we play, and we don’t really hear it ourselves, is that we sound quite full for a three-piece. And, yeah, we really just wanted to capture that without having to slave away at extra guitars and keys and vocals and everything, and yeah, I guess The Living End are a perfect example of a band that can do that, that can just have the minimalistic kind of approach and still make a really big, warm, full-sounding record.


So how do you know when a song’s ready to go to recording at this point? Is it something that you write together as a band, or does someone just come with a song and say, ‘hey, let’s go with this’?

It’s kind of a combination. Generally I’ll come in with either a fully formed song that I’ve worked out on acoustic, or just an idea, and we’ll just nut it out together, and kind of work out which direction it needs to go in, and there’s not like a point where we stop and say it’s ready or anything, but once we’re all really vibing on it and everyone’s kind of happy with people hearing it, then we kind of think that it’s ready, but there were so many songs this time around that were in the mix before we recorded. I think we have anywhere between 15 and 20 that we cut down to 4 for this EP, so it was a long process.

So there’s more to look forward to in the coming years, I suppose.

Yeah, definitely. We’re planning to record an album, I hope, within a year.

You toured quite extensively after the release of Distance Is A Gun. How has your live show changed since the band formed in 2009?

We haven’t actually. . . the funny thing about recording demo’s and being in the studio for so long . . . I think we’ve played two gigs since April, so we are absolutely rearing to go, itching to get out there. It’s going to be . . . I think in the past we haven’t been . . . once we play our songs, I think we’ve always been a tight band, and there’s not a huge gap between our best and our worst gigs, but I think we haven’t had that real command over the stage, where we just. . . I guess it just comes with experience and starting out as a band you’re playing to sometimes there’s not many rooms, and it’s easy to be on top of your game and confident and everything when it’s a full room, but I think we’ve got to consistently bring our A-game to every gig, and we’re working on that in rehearsals, so I think it’s going to be a much more polished, and bigger kind of show.


Well, that’s great to hear, and I’m sure everyone’s looking forward to it. Is there anything special we can expect besides your energy in the next few shows.

We always love chucking in a few different covers that might throw people off guard a little bit, so we’re working on doing a couple more of those, but otherwise, if you just want to see a good old fashioned band playing good old fashioned songs, come see us.


Celadore's will be touring Australia to support the realase of their new EP The Bright and Blue through Popboomerang Records.

Check their website for dates.


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