We had a chat with Press Club, one of Australia’s most exciting live bands, as they tour the UK
Since Press Club‘s UK emergence last year, they are a band that we have been keeping close tabs on. Their sound seems to capture something raw and urgent that is hard to replicate. Their back catalogue is full of tracks that coarse with a chaotic and authentic energy. Every Press Club track that you hear is begging for you to hear it in person, to hear it live, in its most honest and raucous form.
Natalie Forster’s bile-filled delivery of her candid inner monologues accentuate this, and the Australian outfits brand of punk is all the better for it. Press Club’s music is a candid and raw and built around live performance, something which reverberates through everything they do. As they tour the UK throughout August and September, we caught up with one of Australia’s most vital and exciting bands.
Who TF are Press Club?
We are a four piece rock band from Melbourne Australia. We’re touring the UK through August and September 2019.
How long have you been making music?
We’ve been together as Press Club for about 3 years give or take a few months. But we’ve been playing in bands together for a little longer than that. We’ve all been playing music since we were teenagers.
Why do you make music?
We all love playing together, when we play music together we tend to write songs. We try not to force the songwriting in a particular direction, the music we release is the music that comes out of jams that we have.
What are your biggest influences?
Musically, we have a broad range of influences. We love classic rock and punk music, bands like Bad Brains, The Replacements, Thin Lizzy, Def Leppard and bands like that. There are also a bunch of more modern bands that we listen to and draw ideas from, like Cloud Nothings, Japandroids, IDLES and Sheer Mag.
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
There has been a lot of great moments playing in this band. We recorded our first record really early in our career. We also got to play with a few of our biggest influences in our first year of being a band, so we ticked quite a few boxes early on.
A really surreal moment was our first London show, which was chock full of fans we didn’t know, who wanted to see us, and already knew all the words to songs. It was a really joyous night.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
Most of the time we tell people that they should really take away whatever they want. Music can mean different things to different people, and once we’ve recorded and released music it’s really out of our hands. Better to not say anything than force people to understand it in a certain way.
What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?
We’re always trying to come up with dream scenarios and situations that we would love to find ourselves. But to be honest it changes every year, our expectations grow as we grow as a band. If we can keep ticking off a few things on our list every year we feel like we’ve already ‘made it’.
You just released your second studio album Wasted Energy, what is the story behind this album?
We started writing this album pretty soon after finishing up the first album, and the process has been similar in some ways and different in others. We wrote and recorded the first album ‘Late Teens’ in a little over six months, as we had no gigs or other commitments at the time, we were able to fix our entire attention on that process. This second album has taken us a lot longer to finish, with all the touring and shows we’ve been doing. So the songs touch on a few more themes and styles that we covered on our first release.
The excellent singles ‘Thinking About You’ and Get Better’ were released ahead of the album, what made these tracks stand out to you?
For the first single off this album we wanted a song that would represent the album as a whole, and it was pretty hard for us because we feel like the album has so many different songs. ‘Get Better’ wasn’t even in the running for a single before we recorded the album, we thought it would be an album track instead. But, when we listened to all the songs back, that song was the one that jumped out to us every time. It wasn’t long before we realised it was fulfilling a lot of the criteria we wanted for that first single.
‘Thinking About You’, on the other hand, was a song we always knew would be an individual release. After ‘Get Better’ we were wanting a song that would show how varied the album is, so ‘Thinking About You’ was the obvious next choice for us.
You just played Reading and Leeds festival and have garnered a reputation for being a band who put a lot of emphasis on their live shows, what should people expect if they a Press Club set?
Yeah we’ve always seen ourselves as more of a live band than a recorded band, which is why we perform all our songs live in the studio. We’re trying to capture in our recordings some of the magic that comes when four friends are playing together in a room. When we play live anything can happen really, we don’t try to choreograph our shows. We also really feed off the crowd, if we feel like the punters are really there with us, we tend to respond in kind.
And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?
That’s a pretty funny question. We have a lot of people who are reaching out to us and letting us know how much our music means to them, and that is really humbling. We’ve always seen writing music as a personally fulfilling process, but knowing that others take away something from it as well is really cool.
As far as our biggest fan, a girl came to an underage show in Melbourne the other week and showed us the jacket that she’d made with our album artwork on the back. That was pretty awesome.
Press Club are currently touring the UK. Wasted Energy is out now via Hassle Records.