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Interview with Tim Morrissey from the John Steel Singers

With their new single, Weekend Lover, surfacing this week and ahead of their BIGSOUND appearance, I had a chat to vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Tim Morrissey from the John Steel Singers about Brisbane music and the recording process of their highly anticipated third album, Midnight at the Plutonium.

Bridie: What inspired the name of the album?
Tim: We wrote a track called Midnight at the Plutonium, and then built a recording studio called The Plutonium, just so we could record it in there.

Bridie: The new sound has been described as ‘groovier and funkier.’  Was this your intention?
Tim: We’ve lately been listening to lots of Donald Byrd and Arthur Russell’s disco era, (check out Dinosaur: Kiss Me Again). We’ve also been taking in some smooth Mizell Brothers productions. That stuff is so great, it has to creep in as an influence.

Bridie: There are a series of guest musicians on the album. Who are they?

Tim: Sydney vocalist Donny Benet features on the track Weekend Lover, and Liam Campbell (Jeremy Neale, Good Sports), and Vlada from Major Leagues have also sung on the record.

Bridie: You’ve been in the industry for ten years now. What is the most important thing that you’ve learnt along the way?
Tim: Just to try and please yourself. I don’t give a shit if no one listens to the album, because I’m happy with it, it’s made for me.

I don’t give a shit if no one listens to the album, because I’m happy with it, it’s made for me.

Bridie: What do you guys do in your spare time?
Tim: Our spare time is the band these days, cramming it in around work wherever possible.

Bridie: What is your opinion of the Brisbane music scene?
Tim: It’s bloody great at the moment! Blank Realm’s new album is killer, Kitchens Floor’s new stuff is sounding rad, and Major Leagues are killing it. Primitive Motion also have a new record out.

Bridie: What other bands are you hoping to catch at BIGSOUND?
Tim: Tempura NightsBabaganoüj, Ocean Party, Holy Holy and Donny Bennet (The Edge is the best track all year!).

Bridie: Where and when will you be playing at BIGSOUND?

Tim: Thursday night at the Zoo and Friday night at the Triffid.

Bridie: What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Tim: To finish mixing the album!

Midnight at the Plutonium is expected to drop early next year, so keep your ears peeled!




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