Words by Callum Parr
Melbourne’s psychedelic stadium rockers Greenthief have been pleasing the ears of audiences around Australia for the past five years. The three-piece have received regular love from triple j, toured with Butterfly Effect and have taken their craft offshore on a 20-date European tour. We had a chat with the guys about their new album, Tremors and about what lays ahead for Greenthief.
How is Tremors different to your previous releases?
I would say the main difference is Tremors is a more ‘song-based’ record. This time round we wanted to created an album of more concise songs (with some exceptions) that stood on their own two feet as opposed to coming from a more conceptual angle.
Talk us through the idea behind the artwork. There is the creature on your album cover, and the circle on your tour poster.
We commissioned Melbourne duo creature creature to create artwork for the record by providing them with a short brief about the music. They created 3 pieces of artwork and we chose ‘Flying Crusader’ for the front cover. We thought the imagery worked really well and complimented the overall feel of the album.
You have been compared with stadium bands like MUSE, Queens of the Stone Age and Pink Floyd. What is the song writing process like for you guys? Do you picture your songs being played in stadiums?
I guess the majority of the songs come from ideas I bring in with the exception of Beneath Blue Skies, which was Will. Sometimes I have forms and other times Liam, Will and I jam to get them to this point.
Any band that tells you they don’t picture their music being played in stadiums is lying…
Is there a correlating lyrical theme throughout the record?
Unintentionally I think so. The quest for self-improvement would be the best way to summarize.
Where does the title, and title track, Tremors derive from?
Tremors is track 7 on the record. Lyrically the song is about how we take risks regardless of knowing the consequences; if we had our time again we wouldn’t change a thing. We thought musically the track itself was a good summary of the record and therefore a fitting title of the record.
You guys have not only toured Australia, but also undergone an extensive Euro Tour too. How was touring Europe? Were you received differently there than you were/are here?
Europe was INCREDIBLE. We had a blast getting to travel and perform in so many countries, particularly in the East, which is a bit more rare for international bands to perform in. Audiences really appreciated us making the effort to go there so I think they were very excited and passionate at the shows.
Yes, I found the audiences are quite different in Europe, as there seems to be less tastemakers that dictate what is hip. This means punters go to more effort to seek out their favourite bands so if they like you, it’s because they’ve done their research and have come specifically to see you perform.
You toured in support of Butterfly Effect, how was that experience?
This was another incredible experience. Touring with such an established band was a treat, all we had to do was rock up and perform at amazing venues to packed houses. Riders were solid too.
Following from that, you have a number of regional dates on your tour. Do you guys prefer playing intimate shows, or bigger venues/shows?
At the end of the day it all comes down the audience. I would rather play a small venue to 3 people going nuts then a larger one with a 200 people updating their Facebook status.
Will Europe be seeing a Tremors tour?
Something is in the works, we shall see…
What does the future hold for Greenthief?
We’ve actually got a heap of new tracks in the oven that we’re really excited about. In short, I’m hoping they’ll be less time between drinks between this one and the next one...