Shadow Electric, Estonian House
18 February 2016
Interview by John Dean
Intro & photography by Zo Damage
Despite rating their album Tales as the best release for 2015 and searching tirelessly for a copy of the their self titled LP, it was not until this month that I finally got to see The Peep Tempel live. The gig was at Estonian House in Brunswick. The venue was packed. They played tracks from Tales, from their 2012 self titled album, and teased us with a few from their yet to be released third album. The Peep Tempel simply smashed it!
Your Meredith set felt like a grand cultivation of the success you’ve experienced since releasing Tales. What significance did that set have for the band?
Meredith was an incredible experience. It created a whole new level of pre-gig anxiety, so to have it go off rather well gave us a great sense of relief. Thankfully, each show we do is a different experience, some better than others. This one was up there, as much for us simply being a part of such a great festival. As a Melbourne band, Meredith is a festival we are proud of, so to get the opportunity to be a part of it was very nice.
What can you tell us about the next record?
We’re still fleshing it out so it’s hard to say where it’s heading thematically. It’s definitely a different record to Tales. It’s more groove-based and patient, which is something we’ve enjoyed. Also, we’ve tried not to overwork the tracks. We’re looking to let the record evolve throughout the recording period and enjoy a little more time in the studio, which is usually the beginning of the end. We’ll see if we can buck that trend.
Over the past two years, you’ve toured heavily to growing crowds. Have you noticed an evolution in the band’s performance style in that time?
Not really. Playing live means a lot to us as a band. Now we are performing to more people, which is great. But it really comes down to us enjoying what we are doing and playing with commitment to each other. People are more likely to dig it if the band is.
Watch 'Big Fish' by The Peep Tempel, from their second album Tales. The Tales 12" vinyl is in its third pressing and is available via Wingsing Records.