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- Posted on Mar 9th 2010 2:30PM by Jolie Lash
It's safe to say, thanks to the recent use of 'Sweet Disposition' in a commercial or two and a handful of television show promos, months after it was first put in '500 Days of Summer,' there are plenty of people tuning their ears to the four-piece from Down Under. But the band, fronted by singer Dougie Payne, hopes people take a listen to what else they have to offer.
"Doing movies and TV has become part of the landscape of trying to get your music out to the people in your wide, wide land, so yeah, 'Sweet Disposition' has become a bit of a calling card," drummer Toby Dundas tells Spinner. "But we're really kind of hoping that with this headline tour people will come and realize that yeah, there are a bunch of other songs as well."
And for the headlining trek, there are actually more songs than just the album bunch. "We've got a couple of new songs that we've been playing," the sticksman says. "Now that we're doing our headline tour, I think we're gonna have to extend the set out a little bit so people can get their money's worth."
Two tracks that have worked their way into the band's set on dates in their native Australia are 'Little Boy' and 'Rabbit Hole,' which were written around the same time as 'Conditions.'
"They were kind of in the mix for the record, songs that we never really performed live, so it's been that thing of working out how to sort of come up with live version of them and adding in some extra parts and stuff that we've been working on more recently," Dundas says.
In addition to the band's own tour, they plan to stop at the SXSW, something the group are looking forward to having spent several of their early band days getting turned down by the music festival.
"We'd been rejected a couple of times before we got to go last year," Dundas recalls. In fact, the outfit's first ever trip -- in 2009 -- was memorable for all the wrong reasons, including a virus the entire group caught before their Austin stay.
"We played three shows in 24 hours at one point, which I guess is not that uncommon, but we were kind of just falling asleep wherever we were," Dundas says of his group's energy-zapping sickness. "In between all of that, my one kind of surreal memory is we played the Aussie BBQ, fell asleep somewhere, woke up, [tried to see] DJ Shadow and just kind of [roamed] through the streets of Austin. [There were] people everywhere and this kind of strange orange haze of smoke through the city. It felt like I was in that last town on the river in 'Apocalypse Now.'"
So surely, SXSW owes the group a good time for 2010.
"Yeah, they owe us," Dundas says, laughiing. "I want to go and actually have some fun this time."