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We Interview Joel from The Dead Leaves

The Dead Leaves have taken their new album Cities On The Sea on tour and will be enjoying a number of remaining dates in Sydney and Brisbane. We caught up with Joel to find out just how well things have been going for the awesome-foursome.

You played Rare Finds last year and then Peats Ridge welcoming the New Year. How different were your sets (if at all) for each festival and what was the crowd response like at each?

Rare Finds and Peats Ridge are completely different. We played the main stage at Peats Ridge which allowed us to bring our horn section along. Rare Finds had a lot more of a block party feel, which meant that we probably played a bit harder there. We had a lot of fun at each of them!


You’re on tour currently, is there a venue or city you’re most looking forward to?

I always enjoy playing Brisbane. The weather is great and the music scene is fantastic.


Is there a pre show ritual that the band or each of you performs before a gig? Any group chanting?

As a whole there is none – it’s more common for us to prepare individually. I personally like to take a five minute breather pre-set to focus.

 

What is the weirdest/funniest thing you’ve seen happen at a show?

It doesn't happen often, but it’s always funny when one of us screws something up onstage!

 

“Cities On The Sea” was just released on Feb 24, what has the response been like so far to your new material?

We’ve had a great response so far. We’re really proud of the album – it’s our first album with this band so the material is still quite fresh.

 

The bio for the album describes it as a “majestic rock album”, how accurate is that description? When I hear the word majestic I think of mountain scenery and elephants (don’t ask me why).

It could easily be a soundtrack to wandering through the mountains…with elephants. Seriously though, it could also be a soundtrack to a lot of things. We were trying to create a really wide and lush soundscape – which I guess lends itself to that sort of imagery!


You released a video for If The Shoe Fits last year, who came up with the concept for the video and how important is the visual aesthetic to your music?

The initial idea was Matt's after stumbling across a short film by Robert Florey, a French-American director from the 1930's. The content suited the song  really well and the visual aesthetic was perfect for what we were trying to convey.

What does the rest of 2012 have on the cards for The Dead Leaves

More touring throughout the year, working on new material…all the good stuff.


Finally, if the band were an animal, what animal would you be?

An elephant, apparently..? Nah, I think it’d be a lion.

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