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09 June 2021
BY DYLAN DE JONG
An album launch, Australian tour dates booked and recognition on a national broadcaster – 2021 is the year for Alice Skye.
After the COVID-19 pandemic ripped away almost all opportunities for the live-music industry, the three-piece indie collective including Wergaia singer-songwriter Alice Skye, with King twins, guitarist Sam and drummer Kane, are making a comeback stronger than ever.
Late last month, the band earned a slot on Triple J to perform an original and a cover song for the youth broadcaster’s ‘Like a Version’.
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‘Like a Version’ has become a bit of an institution I guess, and the boys and I had definitely talked about what we would do if we ever got approached,” Skye said.
“Getting to play with friends and musicians in their own right including Ziggy Ramo and Antonia Gauci was so much fun.”
Skye said performing for a national audience was a unique opportunity for the band to gain exposure after a challenging 2020 due to the pandemic.
“It’s always exciting to have the opportunity to travel and play together but this was a special one for sure,” she said.
“I think after a pretty stagnant year, it re-invigorated us and all three of us being from Horsham, we were not expecting to be doing any of this, so every opportunity means something.”
Earlier this year the band also joined Midnight Oil for its Makarrata Live tour, performing alongside other renowned Australian artists such as Troy Cassar-Daley and Dan Sultan.
The band also launched two music videos for their songs ‘Stay in Bed’ and ‘Party Tricks’ for American arts and music conference South by Southwest, which were recorded on a Glenisla farm.
Skye said the band was now looking at a release date for its second full-length album, ‘I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good’, on July 23.
“It’s very exciting to have a date in sight for the album release,” she said.
“I love the recording process and we had a great time with this album, but letting it go and having people make their own meaning of it is what excites me most.”
Skye said the album represented a maturing of the band’s song writing style since the launch of its first album ‘Friends with Feelings’.
“I was pretty young when I wrote ‘Friends with Feelings’ and it’s interesting to listen back to those lyrics now,” she said.
“I wanted this album to show growth and find strength and reassurance in the fact that most people don’t have everything figured out – or are constantly working towards that.
“It was also the first time getting into the studio properly with Sam and Kane.
“I often write songs in a pretty insular way, so I loved having a more collaborative process for this album, bouncing ideas and energy off each other made it what it is.”
Skye said she would join Melbourne-based musician Elizabeth for a seven-date joint-headline tour of Australia’s east coast in June and July.
Both artists, depending on COVID-19 lockdowns, are set to perform at Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Melbourne, Castlemaine and Ballarat.
“We might do another tour later in the year, once the album is out,” Skye said.
“I think the boys and I are really looking forward to spending time out bush relaxing and writing together though.”
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