Melbourne Icons Gersey’s long awaited fourth album is only months out of release and Aza, being an A-1 fanboy stalker that he is, managed to track down lead guitarist Daryl Bradie for a quick one on one to touch base on camp Gersey.
To meet Bradie you’d never assume that this gentile and incredibly friendly fella is one of the most commanding guitarists and stage presences Melbourne has ever produced. With a musical career that spans over 2 decades, a string of albums and outfits Bradie and I spoke about the what, when, where, why, who & how of this the fourth outing from Gersey (we also worked out that both share a love of ‘Ride Like The Wind’ By Christopher Cross):
Aza: This is your 4th album and as each previous release has their own unique feel what was the inspiration that drove you back into the studio for this outing?
Bradie: Unfinished business. We all knew we had another good album in us, and there were parts on the last record ( and period) that were underdone or ill conceived
Aza: Gersey is one of the longest surviving independent Aus outfits going – what’s held you together over the years?
Bradie: Well it’s not proximity. Its like moving out of home and realising your parents are ok after all.
I still believe we create a unique sound and have something to add to the musical landscape
Aza: You guys are widely renowned for your incredible live performances, what do you think is the key to performing live?
Bradie: Not sure. Our thing was to engage with each other on stage and I suppose the punters would respond to that. We were also pretty competitive back in the day
Aza: Was making the new album a collaborative process with the band?
Bradie: Yeh it’s been really tough. Matts in Paris, CJ left for Hollywood and Bobbo (on keys) is in Sydney. We’ve had to learn how to use technology which is an inferior replacement for people and energy in the room. Having Bobbo help us write and contribute tunes was a massive bonus for us and for the album.
Aza: How long did it take you to put the album together?
3 years and counting…
Aza: What is your favourite part of making an album?
Bradie: I really dislike recording if its painful and laborious. If its workmanlike, its ok.
Bashing out the songs in the rehearsal room when a new idea comes out is where the magic is. The aim is to retain that magic as much as possible so it still relates on stage.
I said magic twice.
Aza: Do you credit any major influences in the creative of Gersey #4?
Bradie: Bobbo. What an almighty influence he was! His producer type approach really helped us nail a good portion of the album. He took some of the songs in new directions and they were inspired musical choices. Don’t reckon we could have done it without him.
Aza: What can the fans (like me!) expect from this new album?
Bradie: Unfortunately no Christopher Cross covers.
It reminds me a lot of Hope Springs but with a little more orchestration. Long songs, slow burns, and it’s a bit lost – in a good way. Plenty of space for Tim Whitten to work his magic.
Dammit, magic again.
Aza: The band has gone from being a a bunch of mates to marriages and now kids – has these experiences had an affect on your songwriting?
Bradie: Not in Gersey. I wrote a lullaby in my other band.
Aza: What bands are you listening to?
Underground Lovers, Teenage Fanclub, Besnard Lakes, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Twerps, Knievel
Aza: Any advice for young bands of Australia?
Bradie: Absolutely not.
As we wait with baited breath for our first listen on Gersey’s new album you can check out more on the band here. Keep your eyes peeled on The Lowdown Under as we’re mad fans of the band and we’ll be all over this puppy like a fat kid on a donut.
(Gersey: From left Danny Tulen, Daryl Bradie, Matt Davis & Craig Jackson)
Gersey have 3 albums available now available on iTunes, in store or via their website – go nab em now:
Storms Dressed As Stars