To celebrate LISTEN’s new website we’re interviewing a bunch of local Australian artists to profile them on the site. Introducing All Our Exes Live In Texas:
How would you best describe your music?
How did your band / musical project start?
We were all performing around Sydney as solo artists, a friend of ours put on an Oh Brother Where Art Thou tribute night at The Vangaurd (now Leadbelly) and asked us to put a set together. It was 30 mins, Georgia bought a mandolin and learnt how to play it within the month, and we put on a very lose but fun show. Somehow we got booked for a follow up gig and then another and then another…
Do you make music with a political focus? If so, what is your focus? If not, why not?
Initially no – when we started it was a way for the four of us to sing and play together. Our debut album is about heartbreak mostly and very romantically inspired songs. Since then we have been writing a lot of political songs – in the past few years of travelling we have become more and more politically engaged. Georgia has recently written a song about domestic violence in Australia, we wrote a song called ‘Pretty Good (for a girl) – all our songs are coming from our personal experiences and anger we feel about certain issues. Outside of that we would like to use our voice and our platforms to give people a voice, yell out about our beliefs and generally try and spark conversations.
What has been the biggest highlight as a band?
Supporting the Backstreet Boys on their arena tour in Australia.
Who are your biggest influences musically right now?
Andy Shauf, St Vincent, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jonny Fritz, Margaret Glaspy, Nadia Reid
Where can people find your music?