We interviewed the Pierce Brothers who will be headlining NGV Friday Nights at NGV International on 9 Sep 2016.
Describe your sound in 5 words or less?
Diverse, honest, instrumental folk pop
If your music was an artwork what would it look like?
Loud and colourful! Maybe abstract like Picasso or Jackson Pollock
What’s your favourite gig you have played to date?
Gotta be Pinkpop 2015 (Biggest Netherlands Festival)
What inspires/influences your music the most?
We’ve grown up surrounded by a lot of different musical influences.
Mum and Dad always had a lot of Harvest and ‘After The Gold Rush” handy; as well as a decent dose of Paul Kelly. Our older brothers and sisters got us into Pearl Jam and Nirvana early on, and we just wanted to be like them, so that’s why we started learning guitar.
As we’ve gotten older though artists like John Butler have become massive influences on our guitar work and use of different instruments simultaneously. To be perfectly honest and as cheesy as it sounds, life experiences influence and inspire everything we do musically.
What song do you wish you wrote?
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
What part of making music excites you the most?
Playing new music live. We’ve always been a live band first, and a recording studio band second.
What can someone expect from your live show?
High energy – Pink Elephants and a half dozen rainbow coloured unicorns
Tell us about the last song or album you created?
Our latest EP is ‘Into the Dirt’, it was a lot of fun to make and even more fun to play live. We got the chance to work with producer Jan Skubiszewski on that one, which was awesome. However, that was back in 2015 and we’ve been working hard on a new album that we’re about to go and finish in the studio. Super excited about that!
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?
Paul Kelly’s song writing and storytelling is a style we’ve both always gravitated towards, so our music often reflects personal experiences and current affairs, it is stuff we hope our fans can relate too.
What are you working on now?
Our debut album which we’re super excited to finish and put out there to the world.