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Georgia Fair Release New Album 'Trapped Flame' - Interview

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Published December 9th 2013

"We don't eat, this is all a front. We're just like Kate Moss, nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." It's an unusually warm Tuesday afternoon in Melbourne, and former Sydney boys Jordan and Ben, otherwise known as Georgia Fair, are epitomising the true folk n' roll lifestyle: by eating lunch post 2.30pm.

Incredibly amiable, witty and indie good looking, it's no wonder Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses fame) took the duo under his wing to record debut album 'All Through Winter', which released in October 2011. The folk duo have just completed an east-coast tour with fellow indie band 'The Paper Kites' to promote their new album 'Trapped Flame.'

"We did our first record with Bill from Band of Horses. It was an amazing experience, and we went on every single roller-coaster of emotions. We would've been 21\22 when we had a chance to meet Bill in Sydney and we ended up hitting it off and doing a record with him. He's on the same level, a kindred spirit. When you get feeling in your gut that is the right thing - it's not a coincidence."

"Before we knew it, we were in the snow in North Carolina. When we look back, we go 'wow that was pretty amazing that happened, it was surreal. We were in a big church recording a record, our first record. We'd come from an Australian summer, which Bill is no good with. We caught up with him when they were supporting Kings of Leon this year and it was one of the hottest days on record. He said it was ridiculously hot! All in the name of rock n' roll…"

Fans of Band of Horses will know that Bill Reynolds is no easy man to pin down. "He moves around a lot, he goes wherever the work is, he's got a base in LA out in the forest and at the moment he is in Nashville."

It's been an instrumental meeting of minds and really shaped the way the duo are creating music. "We just dropped this record in October (Trapped Flame) and we did a couple of big national tours with The Paper Kites. It is a relatively similar audience, and a good crossover. We got to go around the country twice, we did some regional gigs which were good - we like getting out there. We've been pretty far around Australia now, there's always somewhere to play. Not a lot of bands do it. Even getting over to Perth a couple of times was good."

"Our favourite tour was with Lisa Mitchell in 2010, it was the first time we'd been around the entire country in one hit - we did 19 shows in one month. We just loved the idea of getting on a roll, if you're not playing tomorrow you are playing the day after. And because it was our first time - we'd go to places we'd never been before. You'd do like four gigs in a row and then have a couple of days off. Seems like not much of that happens anymore."

Georgia Fair are proud to see Australia is getting pretty well known for it's bands. The move to Melbourne, allows them to be immersed in a creative hub and associate with bands a bit more. "You end up knowing most bands through friends of friends. The hardest thing about moving to Melbourne is missing family, but I get up and see them so it hasn't been that hard. We wanted to get out of our home town and stretch our legs."

Christmas will see the boys take a bit of downtime, before a big 2014. "We're going to keep rolling out, we've got another single on the way, another video and probably do a tour around that. After that, we'll take it from there and get the next record out." The duo cite New Zealand as being on the cards, "we were thinking about going the other day, it would be amazing."

"A couple of years ago we toured with a band called Avalanche City. They have a big following and just kind of blew up online, we played with them here and The Panics. They were good to tour with too, as they love a beer and don't take it all too seriously, they were a pretty good time. It'll be like us in 10 years!"

"I think eventually we'll work our way into festivals, we'll work our way up from the ground up - play our own shows. When Big Day Out offer us a gig we won't say no. I went to the Great Escape festival after I finished school and it affected me in a profound way, it was my first and no other festival has had the same effect. I remember Angus and Julia Stone, Jon Butler and Missy Higgins. It was a time when I was starting to get into Australian music."

Georgia Fair's music taste is diverse and they are currently playing AA Bondi, (an American songwriter) and the classic, Bob Dylan. "We always listen to a lot of blues stuff" during the songwriting process. "We try to be creative everyday, we both do stuff separately and then come together. We've been like this for a long time, it happens more at home, that is what you do everyday, you write and create. Playing is the other side of what you do'"

The boys even manage their own social media, encouraging fans to say hi. "I really like it from a connection point of view, it's direct contact with our audience - we are going to do it until we can't do it anymore. I think it is a really good tool for a band."

And if fans want to know the best way to connect with Georgia Fair, it's cakes. As a suite of desserts arrive "the best part of the day", the boys confirm they love sweets, but not the pressure of choosing."I'm not choosing. I think I am going to win, I think you love cake more than I do."

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