We interviewed Luke Peacock from The Painted Ladies who will be headlining NGV Friday Nights at NGV International on 12 Aug 2016.

Describe your sound in 5 words or less?
rock. roll. country. soul.

If your music was an artwork what would it look like?
The subject matter of Jeffrey Smart in the style of Joseph Turner

What’s your favourite gig you have played to date?
The second of two shows we played at Womad in 2015 stands out. Super fun.

What inspires/influences your music the most?
This particular project is based on the songs of Vic Simms. We exist because of these songs!

What song do you wish you wrote?
Off the top of my head probably Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ it’s just so good in so many ways.

What part of making music excites you the most?
The part where you start hearing with your ears what you’ve been hearing in your mind.

What can someone expect from your live show?
It’s not your standard live rock show. It’s a bit of a journey. You’ll definitely come away feeling good though.

Tell us about the last song or album you created?
The Painted Ladies have created one album entitled “The Painted Ladies Play Selections From The Loner”. It’s a re-imaging of some songs off Vic Simms album “The Loner” with some added bonuses. Our version also features a huge list of amazing artists.

Degas: A New Vision showcases works by Edgar Degas that reveal how the artist observed the world around him. How do you feel your music reflects life today?
The songs The Painted Ladies play were written by Uncle Vic in the early 70’s. They are also revelations of the world around him. Amazingly they still stand as reflections of what we still observe today in regards to social divisions, inequalities and hope.

What are you working on now?
We all have things going on. I’ve been working with Uncle Vic and we’ve been dabbling in writing some new songs together. We’re hoping to see a new Vic Simms album but it’s early days yet. I’m also working on my second solo record of my own work.