Client Liaison are back in business and ready to reboot their new era with the electrifying single The Real Thing. Funk riffs that won’t quit, smiling synths and a triumphant chorus make this the Melbourne duo’s most pop-skewed track to date.
“We always thought this will be the encore of the live show, with everyone clapping their hands in the air,” frontman Monte Morgan says of The Real Thing’s genesis. “It was so positive. To have positivity and danceability in a song and not be cheesy is really difficult. That’s the trick. It’s more pop than we’ve ever been. We started in the underground, doing everything ourselves. As you get older you want to hit a wider appeal.”
Morgan and bandmate Harvey Miller have spent the three years since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Diplomatic Immunity spreading the word of Client Liaison both at home in Australia and abroad. The album reached No.15 at the ARIA chart and saw the pair take their acclaimed live show everywhere from The Falls and Groovin’ the Moo to Splendour in the Grass with special guest Tina Arena. They sold out a string of headline shows across Australia, opened for Kylie Minogue and made waves into the international market through well-received slots at European festivals including Primavera Sound and Firefly Music festival in the US. They were the first Australian act to be chosen for the Midem Artist Accelerator program, which say them play a showcase in France last year.
Last August they ambitiously launched their own touring initiative – Expo Liaison – touring Australia in their own tent on a bill they curated that included Luke Million, Alice Ivy, No ZU, Total Giovanni and one John Farnham. They also designed and launched their second line of apparel, Client Liaison Deluxe Line at Sydney Fashion Week with pop-up event around the country.
But right now, it’s all about the music.
After last year’s triple j hit Survival in the City, the pair have an album’s worth of material ready, working with Dann Hume (Amy Shark, Matt Corby) and Nick Littlemore (Pnau, Empire of the Sun).
Written with Dann Hume (who they first collaborated with on live favourite Off White Limousine), lyrically The Real Thing is aspirational and inspirational, on brand messaging for Client Liaison.
The band are also planning their eagerly anticipated return to the stage this October, with a few key tweaks, “We want to bring it all back to the music,” Monte says. “In the live show we want all new staging and to focus on the playing. But we also want to play instruments on trampolines and crash mats too.”
Tickets on sale now from http://www.clientliaison.com/