Electrelane - Light and dark and something else...

There is a long pause before the male P.R's voice comes on again "Mia is ready for her interview now." Once more the phone is plunged into silence for a few more seconds, before another voice replaces the chirpy tones of the P.R., one with those of a more seductive female English accent.




This voice belongs to Mia Clarke, one of the four musicians that make up the avant rock quintet known as Electrelane. Having recently finished up a wildly successful tour of the United States, which spanned from the Bible-Belt of Texas to the concrete Mecca of New York City, they are now about to unleash their unique take on electro-rock upon and pop Australia's Electrelane cherry in September. But Mia is keeping a charming modesty when asked about her expectations for this tour.


"Just that people come to the shows," she shyly admits, "that people like it and that it just goes well. We're really excited about coming over."


Electrelane have come along way since their first full length album Rock It To The Moon (released back 2001) an album rich in mild mannered rock instrumentalism. The band then took a three year breather before the release The Power Out in 2004, the album which saw member Verity embrace the microphone and add another layer to an already intricate tapestry of sound. Now with their latest inspiring LP Axes (released in May of this year) the girls, it seems, have once more reverted back to their instrumental roots.


"I think we all feel and have always felt that you can definitely create emotions just as strongly just music without having lyrics, perhaps even stronger. Because by doing that, everyone can have there own idea what feeling a song has. You can colour it with lots of different feelings. I think that lyrics can actually be a little bit too restrictive."


"I think we'll always primarily consider ourselves an instrumental band," Clarke says.


With labelling aside, it is obvious these four young ladies have tapped into a frequency asymmetrical to modern rock. Their given ability to paraphrase a wealth of emotion into a series of driven instrumental tracks is undeniable . Axes has gone to great efforts to portray the artistic purity in Electrelanes sound. "We want our live sound to be on record. I don't think we did that with Rocket to the Moon because it was so dense. "The Power Out" sounds like four people playing in a room together is definitely not how we sound like live. A lot of people that came to our shows would say that we sound different live; more heavy live then on record. I think on the new record Axes is the closet we've come to putting our live sound on record."


Though it is obvious the group has developed confidence in their sound, some things never seem to change. Especially when it's concerned with performing in front of a live audience.


"Oh shit." She laughs nervously "I get really nervous before we play. So it's just a big bundle of nerves...generally that kind of evaporates when we start playing. Just before we go I'm wondering whether my pedals have full batteries or not."


In spite of the surge of interest Electrelane generates, Electrelane seems ready to remain humble and stay just underneath the mainstream radar. With more touring on the cards and an album release hot on their heels, Electrelane has a long road to travel, but it's a road they look forward to seeing out their way.


"I don't think we are ever going to be the band of the moment or anything like that. This is fine by me because they never seem to have any longevity when you're hyped."

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