The Phoncurves release 'Heartstrings' EP
Georgia Condon | On 05, May 2014
Brisbane duo The Phoncurves have a sweet, multi-genre sound that proves easy listening on their â€˜Heartstringsâ€™ EP.
Since becoming friends whilst studying music at university, Abbie Roberts and Naomi Burrell have been polishing their brand of folky, soulful pop, currently culminating in the release of their second EP titled â€˜Heartstringsâ€™ on the 2nd of May.
â€œWhen we were in our last year of uni we both wanted to be in a band but couldnâ€™t find anyone, until it clicked that we should play together. Itâ€™s been awesome since then,â€ Naomi explained.
Though their first self-titled EP was in a similar vein, â€˜Heartstringsâ€™ is undeniably more polished, with Naomi accrediting this to a difference in the early forming stages.
â€œThe first EP we were still finding our feet, it was more like weâ€™d write a song, then weâ€™d go in and start tracking drums- but this EP we really wanted to experiment with vocals.
â€œ[For â€˜Heartstringsâ€™] we would write ideas and then weâ€™d go to the studio and finish them off. WeÂ started layering the tracks from vocals.â€
Itâ€™s clear that The Phoncurves arenâ€™t just bandmates; theyâ€™re great friends- which rings true in their sound and, as Naomi explained, streamlines the songwriting process.
â€œI guess because weâ€™ve been good friends for a while it just sort of came together naturally, so we I think that helps with blending.
â€œ In terms of writing itâ€™s just sort of what comes out. Itâ€™s pretty funny because Abbie and I will sometimes write together, but sometimes separately, and usually we find that weâ€™re on the same page, which is pretty amazing”.
In the studio as well, the girls take ownership for their sound, being completely involved at the production level.
â€œWe recorded ourselves at the Gold Coast, in a studio there. It was really fun being able to do it ourselves because we had so much creative freedom.
â€œMost of the instruments on the EP we tracked ourselves, and we have a few friends playing bass and drums, so thatâ€™s been great.â€
For live shows as well, The Phoncurves have a proven confidence and versatility, with their sound changing depending on the live situation.
â€œSometimes we play with a drummer and a bassist, but other times we play just us two. We have a sampler which we sample all of our harmonies from, and drum beats and other instruments as well.â€
Recently The Phoncurves supported Sydney-based Caitlin Park (whose album shares a release date with â€˜Heartstringsâ€™ on her Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne single release tour.
â€œWe played the Toff in Town in Melbourne, and in Sydney we played Brighton Up Bar; it was a full room. It was good to be on tour and to hear her sets every night was greatâ€.
In terms of musical inspiration, Naomi lists Laura Mvula (UK) and Melbourneâ€™s Chela among the sources that were drawn upon for the creation of â€˜Heartstringsâ€™.
Following the release of the â€˜Heartstringsâ€™ EP on the 2nd of May, The Phoncurves will embark on a six-date tour from Brisbane to Adelaide.
â€œWeâ€™ve done a few tours and weâ€™ve just recently toured with Caitlin, so weâ€™re excited for our first big EP tour. [Local trio] Avaberee is playing with us in Brisbane and theyâ€™re great.â€
In regards to the future, The Phoncurves are happy to take things as they come.
â€œWeâ€™re going to keep writing, and if an album comes it does- but weâ€™ll see how we go. Weâ€™ll keep putting out more singles and making music.â€
The ‘Heartstrings’ EP tour plays The Zoo on Saturday, 24th of May.
Image: The Phoncurves