The Audreys on the road with good old vinyl
THERE'S a line in The Audreys' song, Ballad for the Fallen, about "old rock 'n' rollers now out pushing strollers" and singer Taasha Coates laughs as she puts her youngest son Sebastian into his car seat when I ask if it's autobiographical.
"That's me," she said.
"I really was a rock 'n' roller, too. I never stayed in one place for very long; never stayed in relationships very long. Now I've got this nice, settled life and I really enjoy it. But if you'd told me that 10 years ago, I'd have thought it sounded so boring, but now I can go away and play and come home to these gorgeous boys."
Five-month old Sebastian joins three-and-a-half year old Finley in Taasha's brood, and she is still getting used to the idea of having two boys to take care of while maintaining a career with Australia's most successful folk-rock band.
The Audreys are now on the road again, promoting the release of Til My Tears Roll Away on vinyl.
"I love touring but having two is still new to me and I'm not sure I'm doing a great job," Taasha said.
"One was much easier. We're still adjusting."
Til My Tears Roll Away, the band's fourth album, was released last year and they are hoping it can take out the ARIA for best Blues & Roots album, like their previous three albums have done.
Releasing their music on vinyl is something The Audreys have always done, even before it was fashionable.
"I love vinyl. The artwork is so beautiful and it's beautiful to own something, not just digital data ... people who are into it really like it," Taasha said.
"We have vinyl Sundays at my place where we only play records.
"Sometimes it's a social gathering with friends, but we have had to put the record player up a bit higher now to stop the three-year-old putting toys on it and watching them go around."
At the Ballina RSL Friday May 22. For more info visit www.ballinarsl.com.au