Crooked Colours frontman Phil Slabber talks new music and partying with RUFUS
With a sound comprising of hard-synths and electronic vibes comparable to the likes of Crystal Castlesand RUFUS, Phil Slabber, Leon De Baughn and Liam Merret-Park are tipped to make a pretty impressive name for themselves.
Hailing from WA, these three extremely talented guys are making waves in the indie-electro scene with their infections tunes like ‘Come Down’ and ‘In Your bones’ even landing a slot at Laneway.
Speaking with singer/instrumentalist Phil, MTV Australia set out to find out what makes Crooked Colours tick, what’s new in 2014 and how they survived a bender with the RUFUS boys.
MTV: You’re just about to kick off your ‘In Your Bones’ tour. What can fans expect?
Phil: Hopefully some good music! We try to keep our live shows pretty upbeat and energetic, so mainly a little bit of sweat and a bit of dancing. Bring your dancing shoes. We’re going to try and keep it fun and try and interact with people as much as we can.
MTV: And you’ve just come off the road with RUFUS. What was that supporting tour like?
Phil: Pretty amazing, it was awesome. Those guys are really professional and amazing performers, so we just try to soak up as much as we can and put it into our stuff.
MTV: What did you and the RUFUS guys get up to in the tour’s downtime? Any studio sessions?
Phil: No really, it’s pretty flat out, date-after-date, so it’s pretty much just hotel rooms and airplanes. They know how to party, though. They party us under the table.
MTV: Do you guys still keep in touch with them?
Phil: Yeah, we’ve played with them a few times now. The first time we played with them, was when they first came to WA a couple of years ago, so we’ve just been back-and-forthing since then and we’re on the same label as each other now so we run into them a fair bit.
MTV: What was the craziest party?
Phil: Probably the night in Fremantle. Was just one of those blurry nights where you go to about five venues, five after parties. I think I realised when I got into bed at 7:30am it was a pretty large one. I don’t know how they do it, they just do it.
MTV: What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened at one of your gigs? Phil: This is a tough one. I had a bra thrown on stage, didn’t think that happened anymore.
MTV: You’re signed to local label Sweat It Out – who also represents the likes of Motez, RUFUS, Indian Summer and What So Not. What’s your take on the Aussie dance scene at the moment?
Phil: Yeah, it’s pretty amazing! It’s really starting to explode isn’t it? It’s exciting to part of the scene at the moment.Through [Sweat It Out], I’ve noticed a lot of house producers, like house has become massive now as well and the trappier side is getting massive as well.
MTV: Any plans to conquer overseas? Phil: Next step will be the States but first we’ve got to focus on releasing this album in Australia, so we’re aiming for an album release maybe mid next year. I think it’s really important to get into a different environment when you write music. You get a bit stale sitting in the same house for too long.
MTV: Can you tell us about any new music? Phil: We have another EP that we’re finishing off now; it’s a bit more of the same but just a little heavier. Less sensual like the other one was, there’s a little more production that’s gone into it, it’s a little bit bigger.
MTV: What’s on Crooked Colours’ bucket list?
Phil: I’d like to see the album do really well. I want to do well internationally. I want to do it for a decent amount of time.
Craziest thing I’ve seen someone do on tour… Someone not quite nailing a stage dive. We were at Waves in Wollongong and a guy jumped up on stage, ran through, did a dive and just pin-dropped.
The one thing we can’t go on tour without is… A soccer ball. It’s something to keep you chilled out before shows.
Our favourite song to hear at a strip club is… I’ve never actually been to a strip club. I really want to go! Something I would like to hear at a strip club would be, ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ by INXS.
The best after party we’ve ever been to was… RUFUS after party at the Enmore show. It was large, it went till 4:00am and there was a bunch of industry people.