Posted by Audrey Lee on September 30, 2010
Sydney band, Songs have a knack for creating soulful pop-indie tunes that skip you off to faraway wonderlands. The Sydney based quartet quickly found their way into the hearts of many (including ours) with their rousing eponymous debut. Needless to say, we were pretty bummed when we recently heard that Jeff Burch and Steve Uren would be departing the band. Mark your calendar folks: Songs will also be bidding farewell to fans at This is Not Art festival in Newcastle, on October 2, making it the band's final show in their current incarnation. 'Nuff said. We’ll let Jeff, Steve and Ela Stiles take it from here.
Covered: The birth of Songs, ‘My Number’, the last gig and the future of Songs.
Audrey Lee: For the benefit of our readers residing in the UK and USA who may not have heard of your band, how did the Songs come about? And why ‘Songs’?
Jeff Burch: Max and I met when I first moved to Sydney from New Zealand as I really wanted to work for his magazine Doingbird. I ended up doing a bit of work for him, we became friends, did a few other projects together, then talk of starting a band entered the conversation. We wanted to do a pop band in the vein of some of the bands from our homeland, New Zealand. Obviously it has grown to incorporate a lot of other ideas but those groups were central to it at the start.
Songs because we live in an era where we should probably be exploring new/other ideas with guitars and maybe it’s an admission that troubadour music is not new but it can be fun to write and play.More...