Hot off the back of winning the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship in 2019, beloved Aussie rocker Jack Bratt has announced his brooding new single Spades, a study in over-thinking, out now and accompanied by an intimate live video.
Spades is a dark, moody track, and will be an exciting release for fans of anthemic legends The War On Drugs, Kingswood, Holy Holy, The Rubens et al. Expert guitar reigns throughout, while Jack’s unique, cutting vocal sits within the bed of sound, with sharp, affecting lyrics. With a lot of uncertainty around Covid19, Jack’s plans are a little up in the air, but he’s got a great attitude about his year ahead as he explains.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Spades?
Nerve wracking! It’s always hard starting over. Even though I’ve been playing in bands and releasing music all my life, this is my first solo music, so I was worried about how it would be received, but the response has been extremely positive.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
The process was very easy and enjoyable. I’m very lucky to have an amazing producer, Joel Myles from Head Atlas studios who is a wiz when it comes to production and engineering, and we have a great friendship so I’m able to communicate ideas to him and he gets me right away.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
It’s quite ethereal and grand sounding, almost cinematic, I guess. Well that’s what I’m attempting to create.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
I’d say John Frusciante. His playing is what made me want to pick up a guitar, and his early solo albums although pretty chaotic are some of my favourite albums ever made.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
The man with the coolest shoes always wins
What is the Jack Bratt life story?
I was born in Brisbane, moved to Jindabyne in the snowy mountains when I was 9, moved back when I was 18, joined a band. Played thousands of gigs all over the world, and that brings us up to speed.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Of course. I love playing live and travelling. I’ll be out on the road as soon as possible.
What’s next for Jack Bratt?
Hopefully as soon as travel bans have been lifted, I’ll be heading to New York for the Grant McLennan fellowship which I won late last year.
What’s the first thing on the to do list when Covid-19 is over?
What are you most looking forward to when you finally get to New York?
Just spending my days roaming around the city, having nowhere in particular to be. Eating pizza and writing songs with the city as my muse.
Interview By Rob Lyon