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Josh Pyke releases new album and has a lot to say! Read Jen’s interview here.

Australian’s master of lyrics Josh Pyke latest album Rome, is full of songs that are relatable, captivating and thought provoking. Rome is no doubt one of the best releases in a year we will never forget 2020.

Josh Pyke has just released his latest album called ‘Rome’. This album is Rome is Pyke’s long-awaited follow-up to Pyke’s 2015 LP But For All These Shrinking Hearts – which debuted at Number 2 in Australia – and marks his return to his solo career following a two-year break from the stage.  PRE-ORDER ROME HERE

Recently Jen interviewed Josh to talk about his latests release and to catch up on what he has been up to creatively over the last few years.

Jen – Time flies, last time I interviewed you was 2017, that feels like a lifetime ago. when you were about to start your hiatus.  Josh, I admit I was really happy to hear that you had a new record out in August and was hoping for another chance to have a chat. 

Did you get a break during this time?

Josh – It was an intensely creative time actually, I never really wanted a break from music it was more a break of the relentless cycle of touring and album releases. at the time I really didn’t acknowledge it and I’m happy to talk about now, I was just burnt out, I was having severe anxiety and panic attacks and things like that, I just needed to get out of that cycle and it was great, giving an that cycle allowed me to take stock of a lot of things and make some changes and get a handle on the anxiety issues which allowed me to have a very different creative experience in the last few years than I have ever had so it was very positive.

Jen – Excellent. It is good to take the time to heal when needed. It is very tough.

 Josh – Yes, it is very tough but it is also very common and it is really important for people hear people talk about their experiences to normalise it because it is really common and as soon as we normalise these kind of things you can take away the severe fear of these things and the shame so I’m very happy to talk about that side of things, it is an ongoing issue obviously and  it properly always will be. it has definitely formed this album for sure.

 Jen – Yes, I was listening to your album last night while cooking dinner and each time a new song came on I will think that’s my favourite now and then the next song would come on  and I would think the same. I came to the conclusion last night that “ I thought we were a River’ was the standout song for me.

Josh – Awesome!

Jen – Can you take us through the meaning, how that you are the land that the river made out of me? I think these are clever lyrics. Can you take us through your thought process when you were writing that song!

Josh – I started writing that song quite a few years ago actually were more on a holiday in New Zealand and I was driving for hours a day and I was driving through these incredible, I don’t know if you have ever been to New Zealand but has the most beautiful landscape and it has mountainous escarpment’s that you drive through that is just being carved by rivers. So we were driving along this road that crossed a river and my family were asleep in the car while I was driving and it gave me time to reflect and I started thinking about life in our I’ve often thought of myself as somebody that is why a river carving and creating these things and it sort of dawned on me that I am not the river, we all are and life is of the river, I know it sounds sort of cliche now when I say that (both laughing) but the rivers are influences on Lives and other people influence on us, like culture,  circumstances and like COVID 19 at the moment that is the river and we are what has manifested from all those different things,  this album has a recurring theme of acceptance and I think when you accept that you are less in control of things then you thought it is not always a negative thing.

Jen – This leads us nicely into discussing your ‘Leg Up’ initiative for animators. There are a  lot of people who have suffered through out COVID 19 times. I actually decided not to talk to much about COVID as I thought that you would be talking about it in every interview.

Josh –  I’m happy to talk about it, I think it is unavoidable to talk about it and the impact that it has had on the arts is worth talking about.

 Jen – Yes, you are right. We should talk about it. So tell me how did you come up with this  ‘Leg Up’ initiative for animator’s? Have you done anything like this before?

 Josh – I have actually, so for my second album I did the same thing for a song called ‘You Don’t Scare Me’. The winner was this 13-year-old who had done this amazing animation film clip and it is still up on YouTube if you Google it.

Jen – I did google it and the video is amazing! Take a look here. 

 Josh – So, she won and she was remunerated for her work and I met her and her family years later at a gig  and she said that that experience have reignited a passion for creativity in her family and  I thought that’s one of the greatest things that I have heard.

Jen – Brilliant! 

Josh –  Funnily enough,  so at the person who gets the opportunity to do it,  the song that they will be animating to is “I thought we were a River’, so I’m glad that you like that track because I just thought it is a time in history were a lot of people’s plans have been put on ice and my feeling is during this period the people that double down and push even harder  will probably be the ones that do really well on the other side of it, but it is very difficult. If you have a platform like I do it is easier to double down and release music, there are a lot of  emerging and creative people that are missing out on opportunities because people just aren’t taking chances are new people. I wanted to do something to change that, it is a little thing but I hope that whoever gets this opportunity will have a really great things on their CV and when this whole period ends they will be able to get back into their career with a good bit of work on their portfolio.

Jen- That is great. 

Josh –  and they will be paid for it I must say, it is not a chance to exploit an emerging artists, it is a chance to pay for some great work.

Jen –  Excellent Josh, some people take and then each of people just to give them exposure. The last couple of years I have been a little bit over going to gigs, sometimes it felt like  like a chore especially when it was work. It can get really tiring, but now I am just so keen to get anything.

Josh – Yes same!

Jen –  I’m in Melbourne and we are in the second week of 6 week lockdown ( when the interview took place).

Josh –  My sisters in Melbourne, it is not easy and my thoughts go out to Melbournites. 

Jen –  I have been in lockdown since March as I have an immune issue, I’ve been working from home, I’m also a teacher so I have been teaching remotely and I have just learnt so many new skills because we are doing things so differently so that the positive aspect I think.

Josh-  I think that is a positive thing, as I said it’s the kind of people that can double down in this period and do, as you say find new skills. You know, progress,  it is a shitty time, and it is a shitty set of circumstances and there is no way around that but we do need to find a silver lining and finding new skills and taking opportunities to try something that you haven’t done before in this period is really positive.

Jen- Yeah,  I have been doing a lot of professional development because some places are offering things for free.

Josh – Thats great, it is well worth mentioning that. 

Jen – The possibility of your gig at the Sooki Lounge in October could be the first time that I might be able to leave the house, some excited about that although the understanding that might not go ahead.

Josh –  That is the next big question! I am chomping at the bit to get out and hit the road and play these songs, obviously this tour was originally scheduled for March and I was extremely excited about doing that then so my anticipation has grown since then, and is a bit of cross your finger and hold your breath at this point.

Jen – Your latest release, You’re My Colour’s music video could not be more Australian! I guess you used a drone for this?

 Josh – We did, so I’ve been working with this production company called The Mountain folk Films for years,  since my third album I think and we have done various things, they have taken care of everything done visually on this album so far including the album cover and I have a drone and I just wanted to do a very simple video that didn’t involve lip syncing or elaborate story, I just wanted it to transversing at tricky landscape and climbing a hill and getting to the top, that was a bit of a metaphor of what we are experiencing at the moment’s, having a bit of hope that we will get to the top of this, this virus.

Jen – Lots of walking for you, in what it looked like a cold day! 

 Josh – It was in the Blue Mountains and I did do a lot of walking and obviously there were decimated by bushfires and the trees were all growing back, a sub metaphor of regrowth and reconfiguration of the landscape which again I hope will come out of COVID, particularly the arts on the other side of this.

 Jen – Yes, it would certainly be great for Arts to be more valued by our politicians. Again I didn’t really want political, I usually do get political in the interviews ( both laughing)

Jen – I like that how ‘Your My Colour’ is so descriptive of what a colour is as well as expressing how you feel about someone. I am feeling that this song is now my fav off the album after watching the video many times. In fact, after watching so many of your videos, you have an amazing range of ideas for them. They all fit the song so well. The feelings and the emotions that I feel while watching the videos, I wanted you to know that your videos are amazing like that.

Josh – Oh Thank you.

Jen – They make me feel emotions from the past and the present.

Josh –  I always really love to tell a different story to a context of the song and the video clips,  I really appreciate you saying that so thank you.

Jen – Your are welcome –  ‘Home’ is another fav of mine, watching the video helped focus on the lyrics and the mood of the song. 

Josh –  I wrote that one a long time ago now it seems and the first line about finding a patch of Sun was me sitting at my dining room table and there was a patch of sun coming through the window and I was contemplating what home was to me and the idea of home is, that particularly as a parent creating an environment that is warm and safe and they give you the confidence to go out knowing that there and I think that the concept of home, it doesn’t need to be relating to a place it could be a person, having the confidence in somebody’s love for you to leave them and come back, go out and see the world and explore and then come back to that person or that place.  Then COVID made that evermore pertinent and maybe reflect on that even more particularly, as the video is on travel.  That was my thought process behind that. 

Jen – My concept of home has changed during lockdown, I find this house for 32 years and there are still things to do around it to make it more like a home. Josh, thanks so much for our chat, it is always a pleasure to talk to someone so passionate about their music, as well as your music meaning so much to me. 

I appreciate that. Thanks, Jen 

http://www.joshpyke.com/

Information on Rome

One of Australia’s favourite storytellers, Josh Pyke has just released his latest album called ‘Rome’. Rome is Pyke’s long-awaited follow-up to Pyke’s 2015 LP But For All These Shrinking Hearts – which debuted at Number 2 in Australia – and marks his return to his solo career following a two-year break from the stage. Rome was written, recorded and produced by Pyke in his own home studio, Timshel Industries, with Pyke playing most instruments himself with some added help from friends Josh Schuberth, Elana Stone, Stephanie Zarka, Glenn Hopper and Matt Fell, who would each pop around to lay some parts down when required. “I can’t imagine making a record any other way in the future,” explains Pyke who then jumped on a plane to Portland Oregan to mix the album with Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket).

One of Australia’s favourite storytellers, Josh Pyke has just released his latest album called ‘Rome’. Rome is Pyke’s long-awaited follow-up to Pyke’s 2015 LP But For All These Shrinking Hearts – which debuted at Number 2 in Australia – and marks his return to his solo career following a two-year break from the stage. Rome was written, recorded and produced by Pyke in his own home studio, Timshel Industries, with Pyke playing most instruments himself with some added help from friends Josh Schuberth, Elana Stone, Stephanie Zarka, Glenn Hopper and Matt Fell, who would each pop around to lay some parts down when required. “I can’t imagine making a record any other way in the future,” explains Pyke who then jumped on a plane to Portland Oregan to mix the album with Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket).

One of Australia’s favourite storytellers, Josh Pyke has just released his latest album called ‘Rome’. Rome is Pyke’s long-awaited follow-up to Pyke’s 2015 LP But For All These Shrinking Hearts – which debuted at Number 2 in Australia – and marks his return to his solo career following a two-year break from the stage. Rome was written, recorded and produced by Pyke in his own home studio, Timshel Industries, with Pyke playing most instruments himself with some added help from friends Josh Schuberth, Elana Stone, Stephanie Zarka, Glenn Hopper and Matt Fell, who would each pop around to lay some parts down when required. “I can’t imagine making a record any other way in the future,” explains Pyke who then jumped on a plane to Portland Oregan to mix the album with Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket).

1. Old Times’ Sake
2. Doubting Thomas
3. I Thought We Were A River
4. Home
5. Still We Carry On
6. Don’t Let It Wait
7. The Closing Eye
8. You’re My Colour
9. I Don’t Know
10. Old Songs Now
11. Where Goes The Girl

JOSH PYKE FANS FIRST TOUR
THU 01 OCT | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD | 18+ | SOLD OUT
Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com.au | 1800 934 125 | All Eventbrite Outlets
FRI 02 OCT | OLD MUSEUM, BRISBANE QLD | 18+ | SOLD OUT
Tickets available from www.oldmuseum.org | 07 3257 4089 |
THU 08 OCT | THE TOFF, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com.au | 1800 934 125 | All Eventbrite Outlets
FRI 09 OCT | VOLTA, BALLARAT VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com.au | 1800 934 125 | All Eventbrite Outlets
SAT 10 OCT | THE TOFF, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ | SOLD OUT
Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com.au | 1800 934 125 | All Eventbrite Outlets
SUN 11 OCT | THE TOFF, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com.au | 1800 934 125 | All Eventbrite Outlets
THU 15 OCT | MOJOS, FREMANTLE WA | 18+
Tickets available from www.oztix.com | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
FRI 16 OCT | MOJOS, FREMANTLE WA | 18+
Tickets available from www.oztix.com | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 17 OCT | LION ARTS FACTORY (FRONT DECK), ADELAIDE SA | 18+
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets
WED 28 OCT | LANSDOWNE HOTEL, SYDNEY | 18+ | SOLD OUT
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets
THU 29 OCT | LANSDOWNE HOTEL, SYDNEY | 18+
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets
FRI 30 OCT | LANSDOWNE HOTEL, SYDNEY | 18+ | SOLD OUT
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets

Tickets to the fans first tour are available from http://www.joshpyke.com

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