One-on-one with The Boat People
Q. The lyrical strength and diversity of Dear Darkly really stands out. Was it a conscious move?
I think people in bands are the last ones to give thought to lyrics. On this record, we were making music as music fans more than as musicians. The conscious decision we did make was to not worry about singles or having a consistent sound and just make the music honestly and spontaneously.
Q. The songs seem quite personal. How did they come about?
Actually they were letters to people, strangers in some cases. It can be easier to share things with someone you don’t know in a lot of ways. Writing letters is a very specific way of telling someone how you feel. It’s a message but also an archival object. Very much like an album.
Q. You posted a letter on your website urging people to buy the new record. Why do that?
We just wanted to tell people personally how much sharing our music with them makes us happy. Bands spend so much time trying to convince media types that they are cool and don’t care – which seems like a huge waste of effort given that, if they are anything like us, their hearts and souls went into making their music.
Q. What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you on a tour?
We played a show where the sound-woman’s day job was working at a reptile park – she was in full Steve Irwin-style clothing. At the end of the night she rode off after cheerfully yelling “Sorry I f#cked your gig!”
Q. What was it like to play the Aussie BBQ show in the US?
Incredible! Playing overseas gave us a real sense of what things about our music are unique because it’s formed in Australia.