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Alternative indie pop auteurs Pirra have released their buoyant new single Never Apart, a synthy adventure produced by Sam Littlemore of Pnau.  The group, whose namesake Pirra means moon in Luritja, a language spoken by the Luritja people, are set to hit the road for an east coast run of dates kicking off at Oxford Art Factory (Syd) on September 3 before moving on to The Toff (Mel) on September 10 and finishing up at Suzie Wongs Good Time Bar (Bris) on September 12. 

After a year of isolation and anxiety, an exuberant track like Never Apart is a welcome, much-needed release.  It’s an irresistible bop from start to finish – synths bounce energetically as lead vocalist Jess Beck’s clever, hooky melodies earworm themselves into the listener’s memory.  Drawing upon influences such as Northeast Party House, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Running Touch, it’ll have you singing along even through the first listen. 

Pirra is James McKendry (guitar, synth), Jess Beck (vocals), Curtis Argent (bass, synth) and Jeffrey Argent (drums)

Never Apart is out now on BLK&WHT RCRDS

Tickets to the east coast shows are on sale now



Top 5 favourite indie pop artists you’re listening to right now

1.Sofi Tukker. Purple Hat always makes an appearance at any Pirra gathering. It’s such a spontaneous feeling track that gets the party going every time.

2. Biig Piig. A friend recently showed me this artist not long ago.. ‘Feels Right’ and ‘Oh No’ are tracks I’ve really been digging. She has an effortless, ambient type of sound that I really like.

3. Lazy Wax – We’ve recently discovered this awesome duo. They’ve got killer basslines and loads of classic synth sounds and their songs are loads of fun.

4. Running Touch – We saw these guys at Yours and Owls festival a while back and they blew us away. Definitely check them out.

5. Northeast Party House. They’ve managed to write beautiful songs that still work as dance floor bangers. Curt and Jeff managed to see them play recently in Sydney, which I’m jealous of. They’re also a big influence on us because they perform electronic music as a full band. 

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Speaking on the creation of the track, guitarist and synth player James McKendry says, Never Apart was produced and mixed by Sam Littlemore (aka Sam La More) of Pnau.  He really challenged us to get out of our safe zone.  Never Apart started as an instrumental track Curtis (our bass player) was working on for days.  Eventually he emerged from his music cave and then I wrote the vocal melodies and lyrics.  The lyrics are vaguely about feeling connected to somebody, no matter the distance, but I wanted to make a melody that felt easy to sing along to and that people could find their own meaning to.  We were definitely inspired by Pnau, and had been listening to their album Changa around that time, although we never dreamed we would end up working with Sam Littlemore on this song!”

Pirra are currently signed to CR2 Records in London, who also represent electronic dance heroes Carl Cox and Camelphat.  Reflecting on how the deal came about, James explains, “At the time a publisher and friend of ours Rob Scott knew our music was headed in a dance direction so he got in contact with the head of CR2 Mark Brown and showed him our track Under the Skyline.  Mark loved the track, as well as some of the other demos we sent him so he offered us a record deal.  Since then, it’s been such a thrill to collaborate with some of our heroes and we’re pumped about some upcoming collaborations we hope to announce soon.”

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