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The Stress of Leisure - Live Music Review

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by Tina Walsh (subscribe)
A thirty-something music appreciator with a passion for blues, funk, reggae, jazz and soul. I love uncovering new acts and CDs to buy at live gigs. Follow me on twitter @tinajwalsh
Published December 10th 2012
Brisbane indie pop at its finest
The Stress of Leisure are a Brisbane four-piece pop band. At the recent Waxing Lyrical Ian Powne and Pascalle Burton performed stripped down songs for people at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

The Stress of Leisure @ Waxing Lyrical

With Ian on guitar and vocals, and Pascalle on keys, they worked their way through a number of songs from the most recent album Cassowary, discussing their songwriting process and influences. The name of the album is very Queensland, and refers to the prehistoric bird, who acts as a male nurse, looking at the eggs until they hatch and then the young until they are independent. They performed the closing track from this album Sex On The Beach, which was a fun and very easily consumed pop tune.

The Stress of Leisure have four independently released albums under their belt and Ian explained that he's a music fan who likes to delve into people's past, and that back-catalogues are important; that there are "swings and roundabouts about back catalogues, vinyl and cassettes".

On songwriting influences, Ian told the crowd that Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground have been strongest on him, but overall the sound from New York has played a big part in his songwriting over the years. Starting as a solo artist, Ian concedes that the more people you work with, the more you enrich the music. For the most recent album, Ian said they took a pie chart to the producer to describe what they were looking for, with emotions, and the producer took one look and there was mutual understanding.

When discussing music videos, Kellie mused that they have very stylised clips; Ian and Pascalle admitted they are both really into film, with Ian saying "everything you put in the frame must have a reason" and Pascalle adding "Rockabilly is really in right now, so I take things I like, and put it with an 80s or 60s look".

For the final discussion, Pascalle and Ian described being asked to write a song with sex in the title, with a lyrical line "It's a time that's separate from every other time ", in which Ian featured a distorted, delay-treated riff like a song by King Missile from 1992.

To find out where The Stress of Leisure are performing, like them on Facebook here, and check out their website here where you can listen to their music.
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