New York pop music duo MS MR are back on our shores for their star turn at the national Groovin The Moo Festivals, which kicked off in Maitland and Canberra over the weekend.
Lizzy and Max will also use their time in Australia to play headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, kicking off tomorrow night at the Metro Theatre in Sydney.
But Lizzy’s graciously also found the time to answer a series of questions from your favourite pop music website.
Yep… it’s our latest Q&A!
Q. Welcome back to Oz, you two! It’s clear we love you here! What are you most looking forward to about this trip?
A. We’re stoked to be back! We’re really looking forward to exploring some of the more regional locations on GTM that we’ve never been to or played before!
Q. What are some of your favourite things about visiting Australia?
A. First and foremost we love the people! There’s such a palpable fervor for music and the arts and the commitment people have to it is incredible. Secondly, THE FOOD. Everything tastes so fresh and Thai food is especially spectacular. Thirdly, the vintage! Zoo Emporium in Sydney and Shag in Melbourne are two of our favorites.
Q. What’s been your favourite experience on Australian soil to date? (on stage or off!)
A. One of our best tour experiences EVER was a few years ago when our friend Campbell (who manages Chvrchers and Temper Trap) had a home made BBQ for us and our whole team at his house. Everyone we loosely knew here came and they had been cooking for two days in preparation. It ended up being one of the best meals we’ve ever eaten and a really wild night!
Q. What can audiences expect from not only your Groovin The Moo sets, but your headline dates?
A. A LOT OF ENERGY, DANCING AND HAIR FLIPS!
Q. Any little surprises that you’re toying with throwing into the setlist?
A> We’re working on adding in a fan favorite from the last record…
Q. How do Australian audiences differ from those in some of your other successful markets?
A. Australian audiences are truly one of, if not the most, enthusiastic audiences we’ve ever played to! They know every word!
Q. The video for ‘Wrong Victory’ is truly mesmerizing. Stunning. How did you come up with the concept?
A. Thank you! We actually wrote the treatment for the video the same day we wrote the song – the two just wholly went hand in hand.
Q. And how did the final clip measure up to what you’d dreamt it would be?
A. Everything and beyond. It’s the first video we’ve ever made entirely in house without the label, so it meant calling on all our creative friends to get involved and collaborate, which made it that much more spectacular and an accomplishment.
Q. Speaking of the clip for ‘Wrong Victory’… It seems from an outsider’s perspective that colourful imagery is virtually part of your genetic makeup. What inspires that?
A. I can’t explain it but I’ve just literally always felt more comfortable in color… Like hiding in plain sight or something.
Q. Does it surprise you that most of your success has come in territories outside the US?
A. It’s definitely interesting! I think growing up in the internet age makes music less geographically bound which gives it more legs to exist elsewhere which is cool!
Q. Have you started work on album number three yet? What else have you been cooking up in Creep City?
A. Right now we’re just focusing on the live side of things. When you work so long on an album you want to draw as many ears to it as you can!
Q. How do you see your sound evolving as time passes?
A. Only time will tell…
Q. How fine is that line to tread between evolving your sound and maintaining one that’s accessible and familiar to your existing audience?
A. It’s something that’s very important to us and something we’re cognoscente of in the writing process. It’s always about evolving and growing as an artist but we never want to move too far away from our roots as a band – at least for now. I think we’re quite expedient and all over the map genre wise though so lucky for us that leaves the door pretty wide open for the future.
Q. Are vocal collaborations something you’d consider in the future? If so, who’d be top of your list?
A. For sure – I’d love to sing with Kevin Parker.
A couple of fun ones to end on…;
Q. What’s the strangest place either of you have been recognized?
A. The Aquarium.
Q. What are your biggest pet peeves?
A. People who walk slowly right in front of you.
Q. What are you biggest guilty pleasures?
A. We don’t believe in feeling guilty about anything that brings us pleasure ;)
April 28 : Sydney (Metro Theatre)
April 29 : Melbourne (Prince Bandroom)
May 03 : Brisbane (The Triffid)
May 05 : Perth (Rosemount Hotel)