Is it time for an entire Nineties revival? Confidence Man singer Sugar Bones suspects so. “That they had a lot enjoyable within the 90s,” he enthuses. “So, let’s convey him again!” »
If we’re headed for a “naughty ’90s” revival, then Australian quartet Confidence Man are main the way in which with their second album, Tilt – a set of dancefloor-ready get together anthems wrapped in a particular retro vibe.
“We’re scamming British 90s pop as a lot as we are able to – that is what drives us – and in addition R&B from that period, from the US too,” Sugar jokes.
“We rip off DJ Sammy, we rip off Kylie, we rip off Madonna, we rip off Orbital, we rip off Comfortable Mondays – we rip all of them off!”
With its sluggish construct and cheeky lyrics, Sugar cites Tilt Earworm Vacation as completely encapsulating each the album’s message of positivity and freedom, and the way they musically replace these Nineties influences with up to date freshness.
‘Vacation sums up all of the vitality of the album. He has this euphoric optimistic vitality.
Sugar Bones, co-singer Janet Planet and musicians Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild began hanging out collectively after they had been all a part of Brisbane’s buzzing indie music scene. Though in several bands, weekend get-togethers led to light-hearted, booze-fueled recording periods.
‘We thought it was simply silly songs – Boyfriend (Repeat), Bubblegum, these early songs – and it wasn’t a band in any respect. Then hastily there are all these individuals getting concerned and Janet tells me there’s going to be synchronized dancing, and the remaining is historical past!
Rapidly adopting aliases, which have since morphed into distinct stage personas, Janet and Sugar take heart stage, whereas Reggie and Clarence lurk within the background.
“Sugar is only a fun-loving man who desires you to really feel good,” the singer says of his character. “And Janet is a fun-loving lady who desires you to really feel good, and can most likely screw you up within the course of, whereas Clarence and Reggie are simply good previous boys. You don’t need know an excessive amount of about them, they’re actually boring.
As to why Clarence and Reggie are nonetheless in hiding, Sugar jokes, “You do not want these ugly faces up there, you simply must give attention to Janet and Sugar.” Finally we’ll eliminate them solely.
With a rising fame, their debut album, Assured Music For Assured Folks, arrived in 2018, rapidly establishing the band amongst stay favorites. However the spring tilt – recorded in the course of the lockdown of their shared Melbourne residence – has taken them to an entire new stage. And in contrast to many different artists, whose “Covid albums” mirror the issue of the occasions, Tilt is absolutely the antithesis – a agency banger.
“Everybody naturally felt shaken up by the entire Covid factor,” Sugar recalled. ‘However we made a manifesto – that we’re not taking place there [dark] means, we will maintain the vibrations excessive. And it is a testomony to the music that introduced us out of this actually darkish world.
After a summer time of extremely acclaimed pageant appearances, Confidence Man are at the moment within the midst of their largest ever UK tour, which has already seen a number of field workplace appearances in London and Manchester. “It was a little bit loopy!” says Sugar, shocked not solely by the gang, but additionally by the “musical heroes” who attended, together with KLF’s Jimmy Cauty.
‘KLF is a large affect for us, the way in which they approached all the things we predict was superb, so it was tremendous, tremendous surreal for us. Then in Manchester Stephen and Gillian from New Order got here to the present and they’re a vastly influential band for us. They had been completely lovely.
The band is now eager to channel the vitality of the live shows into album quantity three. ‘
It was actually invigorating. Getting back from live shows, we went straight to the studio, and we have now an excellent prepare dinner. There’s most likely an excellent handful of songs that we actually like — although we have written dozens extra,” Sugar says.
“It is nonetheless early days, however we actually wish to push that euphoric, anthemic vibe, and we wish to unfold the love and the nice vitality even additional and deeper, on this subsequent one.”
Wednesday, O2 Institute, Birmingham; Thursday, Rock Metropolis, Nottingham; trustman.com.au
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