President Street interview

Music Promotions had the opportunity to interview the brilliant
President Street recently the Australian band who are enjoying success in the US hope to repeat that over here in the UK with the release of their EP.

1. Can you tell us more about who President Street Are?

Hey, we’re an Australian outfit. We recently released our debut EP ‘Involuntary Actions’ which we’re very humbled to say got some nice traction in the US College Radio scene and so we’re now letting our peeps in the UK have a listen. 

2. Your EP can you talk us through the tracks and the story behind them?
The lead track is a song about betrayal called Yeah I Know. I wrote this song at a time when I was hanging out with a couple of film writer buddies of mine and I was quite intrigued by the 3-act structure that they typically use for their scripts. So, I tried to incorporate that idea into Yeah I Know as I tried to capture the 3 stages of betrayal – suspicion being the first act, then moving into that quiet stage of acceptance as the second act before changing into anger for the final act. And of course we need to keep the construct of verses, chorus, etc.
 

I tried to capture the different emotions by focusing on different sounds in the 3 acts. In the first act the focus is on the mellotron choirs, then we strip the music back for that moment of acceptance before the energy picks up and we let the guitars get a bit dirty and angry in the final act.

We do explore a few different ideas in the EP both in terms of sound and stories but I suppose the key theme to every song is that I’m trying to express emotions through the music. In terms of sounds we tried to not stay in one lane too much so we go from high tempo/high energy tracks like I Gotta Move On and Looking for a Sign to the much more raw and emotional vibe of IGK with Forward Stride sitting somewhere in between.

I Gotta Move on is a song about waking up to the realisation that you’re in a dead-end relationship and giving yourself the kick you need to finally make the move you know you gotta make. 

Forward Stride and Looking for a Sign are both really a bit of self reflection around the internal struggles that most songwriters/musos go through. Forward Stride is a song I wrote in a late night moment of self-doubt. As I was moping about I realised I had one of 2 options – either give up or get up and move forward. So I got up and went into the studio and came out at about 4am with Forward Stride. And Looking For A Sign is a song about the realisation of being an artist in the world of social media and pop culture and asks the question “what does success looks like?”

IGK is about the insecurity of new love and that feeling of uncertainty about whether it’s reciprocated.

3. Having already had successes stateside how are you feeling about UK success?

Just incredibly humbled and happy, to be honest. It’s what we all dream of and work so hard towards so it’s just amazing!

4. Have you any UK shows coming up?

Nothing booked at the moment but watch this space 🙂

5. What music are you all currently listening to?

We’re a really diverse collection so it varies a lot. I can’t get enough of Melbourne band Jakubi at the moment tho

6. Which single will you be releasing next?

We’re super excited to be releasing a track called “Need U Now” as our next single soon

7. Being from Australia how does the music scene over there differs from the US and the U.K.?

It’s hard to say as things move around the world so quickly nowadays but we have a really great grass roots music scene in the inner cities over here and that tends to drive a lot of the sound coming out of Oz. Also because Australia is so large and really spread out, getting around the country to do gigs is no small feat over here so things can become quite local.

8. If there was a movie based on President Street members life who would play you all?

Wow, what a question! I think the cast of the IT Crowd would be perfect 🙂

9. If your music was to added to the sound track to any movies what would you want to be featured on?

As a massive Star Wars fan I’d have to the next Star Wars movie would be insane. 

10. What are your plans for the summer of 2018?

We’ve got lots of new music coming out in 2018 over the summer so we’re looking at doing some dates in oz and of course we’re hoping to also line up some dates in the UK

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks so much for all the support!!

Speaking with us about the EP, movies, uk shows and much more the full interview is below.
1. Can you tell us more about who President Street Are?

Hey, we’re an Australian outfit. We recently released our debut EP ‘Involuntary Actions’ which we’re very humbled to say got some nice traction in the US College Radio scene and so we’re now letting our peeps in the UK have a listen. 

2. Your EP can you talk us through the tracks and the story behind them?
The lead track is a song about betrayal called Yeah I Know. I wrote this song at a time when I was hanging out with a couple of film writer buddies of mine and I was quite intrigued by the 3-act structure that they typically use for their scripts. So, I tried to incorporate that idea into Yeah I Know as I tried to capture the 3 stages of betrayal – suspicion being the first act, then moving into that quiet stage of acceptance as the second act before changing into anger for the final act. And of course we need to keep the construct of verses, chorus, etc.
 

I tried to capture the different emotions by focusing on different sounds in the 3 acts. In the first act the focus is on the mellotron choirs, then we strip the music back for that moment of acceptance before the energy picks up and we let the guitars get a bit dirty and angry in the final act.

We do explore a few different ideas in the EP both in terms of sound and stories but I suppose the key theme to every song is that I’m trying to express emotions through the music. In terms of sounds we tried to not stay in one lane too much so we go from high tempo/high energy tracks like I Gotta Move On and Looking for a Sign to the much more raw and emotional vibe of IGK with Forward Stride sitting somewhere in between.

I Gotta Move on is a song about waking up to the realisation that you’re in a dead-end relationship and giving yourself the kick you need to finally make the move you know you gotta make. 

Forward Stride and Looking for a Sign are both really a bit of self reflection around the internal struggles that most songwriters/musos go through. Forward Stride is a song I wrote in a late night moment of self-doubt. As I was moping about I realised I had one of 2 options – either give up or get up and move forward. So I got up and went into the studio and came out at about 4am with Forward Stride. And Looking For A Sign is a song about the realisation of being an artist in the world of social media and pop culture and asks the question “what does success looks like?”

IGK is about the insecurity of new love and that feeling of uncertainty about whether it’s reciprocated.

3. Having already had successes stateside how are you feeling about UK success?

Just incredibly humbled and happy, to be honest. It’s what we all dream of and work so hard towards so it’s just amazing!

4. Have you any UK shows coming up?

Nothing booked at the moment but watch this space 🙂

5. What music are you all currently listening to?

We’re a really diverse collection so it varies a lot. I can’t get enough of Melbourne band Jakubi at the moment tho

6. Which single will you be releasing next?

We’re super excited to be releasing a track called “Need U Now” as our next single soon

7. Being from Australia how does the music scene over there differs from the US and the U.K.?

It’s hard to say as things move around the world so quickly nowadays but we have a really great grass roots music scene in the inner cities over here and that tends to drive a lot of the sound coming out of Oz. Also because Australia is so large and really spread out, getting around the country to do gigs is no small feat over here so things can become quite local.

8. If there was a movie based on President Street members life who would play you all?

Wow, what a question! I think the cast of the IT Crowd would be perfect 🙂

9. If your music was to added to the sound track to any movies what would you want to be featured on?

As a massive Star Wars fan I’d have to the next Star Wars movie would be insane. 

10. What are your plans for the summer of 2018?

We’ve got lots of new music coming out in 2018 over the summer so we’re looking at doing some dates in oz and of course we’re hoping to also line up some dates in the UK

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks so much for all the support!!