With special thanks, written by: Dave Cheetham
I have to confess, even though I have lived through one previous incarnation of the Pet Shop Boys, I’ve never been what you would describe as a fan of their music. All that said, their electronic warbling has never particularly offended me either.
With that lack of offence in their favour, when my dear old friend Kim at Fresh Independence called me and asked me if I would review the Pet Shop Boys Latest album I felt somewhat duty bound to rise to the challenge.
So, after slipping a copy of the ‘Shoppers’ playlist into my car’s stereo, dressed as an Archbishop, complete with staff and mitre, I set off on the three and half hour journey to the Lake District and my brothers 50th birthday party. Settling back into the drivers seat with my mitre tilted at an angle just jaunty enough to squeeze into the space between head an sunroof, I turned the keys, applied pedal ‘A’ and pressed the play button.
Psychedelic philosophized rock. Welcome to 2016, but not to worry, the 60’s were not left behind.
The High Learys are one to keep on your radar and their latest single, ‘Cabinet’ is already added to our summer playlist.
Where did your name derive from?
I guess the name started off as a little play on words, it’s us tipping our hats to the eccentric philosopher and writer of the 60’s Timothy Leary, who was an advocate in the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs. But I guess it’s just a silly name really, you wouldn’t believe how many people ask if we are an Irish folk band.
How did The High Learys meet?
Myself (Jamie) and Guitarist Matt are cousins who where born 12 days apart, so we’ve always been really close. Our Keys player Mike met us in high school and we played in a few bands with each other over the years. Our drummer Mitch I met when I filled in on bass for one of his older bands.
What does each member bring to the band?
We all have a huge input into the song arrangements and structure during the road testing stages of a new song. Myself and Mike usually write most of the lyrics and come up with the musical bones to the song between us. Matt and Mitch are always full of fantastic ideas with where to take the song from there. Mike is also now stepping into the producer’s chair for the band which has been great.
Latest single, ’Cabinet’– What is the story behind it? And where was this track recorded?
Cabinet tells the story of an emotionally vulnerable adolescent who seeks comfort in their partner. After re-analyzing the song a few times I can now see how a lot of the feeling behind the track relates quite heavily to myself and the rest of the band. After having some drastic changes to the band in early 2015 and trying to pursue new sounds, taking a completely different direction musically. It’s funny how a song can do that. We recorded the track over the summer of late 2015, Mike took on role of producer / engineer for the first time and we got to recording in lounge rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and a few studios. We really enjoyed the process of recording ourselves. Although sometimes it proved tedious and time consuming it was a great experience and aloud us to take our time with decisions and have much more creative control.
Shot in Palm Springs, California for Lululemon Ambassador and Golf Professional: Hannah Dirksen
Letting the subject naturally move in and out of a shot is key in cinematography. The same goes for fabric, a signature style of mine is letting the fabric flow and speak for itself. I always aim to add this texture and depth to film.
The song is, “Shameless” by Lissie. The backstory is remaining natural and not conforming to society’s beauty standards.
I hope women will always encourage their girls to be part of a sport. It keeps you busy, teaches you about respecting your body, and gives you a place to fit in.