Some of Australia’s biggest names in the music industry have come out of Brisbane, and new kids on the block, Dracula Palms are hoping to follow suit. The Disco/Psychedelia/Pop outfit have already staked their claim as a name to watch after releasing their first two tracks at the start of the year, one of which ‘Pretty Lady’ received radio play on Triple J and a couple of American radio stations.
When writing music, the duo aim to create user friendly pop music. “We try to appeal to as many people as we can. Our sound is pretty broad actually, but we tend to record and release the disco stuff, because people seem to dig it. But we have plenty of tracks that are just blatant psychedelia or a little more rocky” explained lead singer Jake.
The duo feel what makes them fresh is their difference in sound to most Australian bands, Jake explains, “people tend to compare us to certain bands, most of them American, but I think its because our sound isn’t quite in keeping with the standard indie/dance status quo that this place tends to produce.” Generally the group doesn’t listen to much Australian music, and they feel that this probably has something to do with it.
Having such a unique sound definitely has its pitfalls as it isn’t the easiest thing to recreate live. This is why the band prefers the recording process over playing live shows. “We are trying to put a decent band together because people expect something of us now, but in the past we have really sucked live … I think our future shows will be worth watching” said Jake.
If the group wrote a hit song and had the choice to release it now or put it in a time capsule to be dug up in the future, they say the choice would be easy. “I would release it now and put myself in the time capsule, clad in a silver body suit with matching go go boots and cape, where I would be dug up in the distant future and put on display in a wax museum along side a life-size model of Ricky Martin” said Jake.
As long as people keep digging their music, Dracula Palms are going to stick at it. There will also be a few live shows later on in the year in various capital cities, so keep an eye on these up and comers and be sure to follow them on Facebook.
Clockwork Horrors is out now on iTunes