The Buckleys Release Dreamy Debut!
TCI spoke with Byron Bay’s favourite “hippie country” band, The Buckleys as they prepare for the release of their debut album Daydream.
Described by the sibling trio as “the culmination of three young lives that have lived and breathed music”, Daydream is a collection of twelve sun-kissed country-pop songs that have already seen success at home and abroad. Produced and engineered by multi Grammy Award Winner Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood), Daydream captures The Buckleys beautifully as they follow the path they were clearly born for.
The Creative Issue: The Buckleys are a sibling trio. Was music a big part of your lives growing up? When did you first start playing music together?
Molly Buckley: Yes we grew up in a very musical household, instruments were always at every corner of the room so it was a very natural progression for us to just pick them up and start playing music together. We fell in love with music from a very young age and never wanted to stop!
TCI: Byron Bay has a great artistic community. You’ve referred to your music as being “hippie country”. How does it feel being a country band based in Byron Bay?
Lachlan Buckley: Byron Bay definitely has a fairly broad range of music with plenty of funky people hanging around. Being one of the only country bands in this area is definitely a funny/interesting thing to experience after coming back from a place like Nashville, where country music absolutely thrives and is played 24/7 every day of the week! In almost every venue! Byron culture is really diverse though. Growing up at school, Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder were some of the biggest party go-to’s! I love that about this area and country is definitely growing here now too which is awesome to see.
TCI: Your sound is a great blend of country, americana and pop. Who are some of the bands/artists that have inspired you most?
Sarah Buckley: We listen to every kind of music there is and are always discovering new music we love which is so important for creating new art that is fresh and exciting. We really love those bands from the 70’s like Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Tom Petty and that live band feel and energy is something we really wanted to capture on this album. We’re influenced by everything from country, to rock, to pop, funk, soul and everything in between! This is such a hard question because we just soak in as much as we can. Right now, Molly and I are very into powerhouse female rockers like Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar.
TCI: You’ve collaborated with some fantastic songwriters for Daydream including Emily Shackleton, JT Harding, Marty Dodson and Jennifer Hanson. How does a typical The Buckleys song get written, or does it change from song to song?
SB: It changes from song to song and depending on where we are. I love co-writing in Nashville and am so lucky to be able to work with such great creatives and songwriters who have really taught me a lot over the years, in terms of honing my craft. I also love writing by myself and with Lachlan and Molly. Our writing process is constantly changing and evolving and we write so many songs all year round, so when it comes to picking songs for the album “may the best songs win”!
TCI: Can you tell us a little about recording your debut album?
MB: Recording our debut album was such a mind blowing experience even just recording in general is a big deal and we’re always grateful to be able to do but doing it in Nashville was just insane on top of that! We recorded in the Sound Emporium Studios which is an iconic studio in Nashville and Chad Carlson produced the record. He is incredible at really capturing our sound and vision. We tracked the album mostly over ten days and a lot of it was live as well, all the musicians in one room just going for it which was important for us and the vibe and energy we wanted to achieve for these songs.
TCI: Earlier this year you embarked on a virtual world tour. How did that come together and what was it like?
MB: We did indeed, Chris Murphy (Chairman of Petrol Records) initially came up with the idea and Live Nation helped us bring it to life by allowing us to use their platforms all around the world to share our music. We played on Live Nations local Facebook pages to target specific audiences in that area… so one day we were in Sweden, the next France, continuing to Italy then Japan, through North America and so on and so on all around the world. In the United States, we played for the House Of Blues New Orleans Facebook page which was very exciting because dad has always talked about the amazing music that gets played at the House Of Blues’ so it was really an honour (plus, we love the Blues Brothers!).
TCI: The Buckleys have been gaining momentum internationally, especially in the USA. What have been some of the highlights for you so far?
LB: A couple of amazing highlights we’ve had so far would definitely be signing our record deal to Petrol Records / Universal music. This was one of the most pivotal moments in our lives! Also recording our debut album Daydream in Nashville is another one of those things that I never thought I would do, the experience we had when we recorded there is something I’ll never forget. The vibe, the energy and the music creation!
TCI: At only 20, nineteen and seventeen years old you’re so young and you’ve already achieved so much. What are your plans for the future?
SB: We plan to keep writing, recording and playing music as much as we can! We feel so lucky to be in the place we are right now and just want to keep writing and putting out music that connects with people. We definitely can’t wait to get on the road, tour and play heaps of shows as soon as we can too!