TAKE 5: Cousin Tony’s Brand new Firebird

Introducing Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, one of the hottest new exports to come out of Melbourne, Australia in recent years. Their debut UK single ‘Love is Heartbreak’ is set for release on 12th April via Double Drummer /AWAL. We Take 5 mins to ask 5 questions with singer Lachlan Rose..

“Love is Heartbreak” is an ambitious, kaleidoscopic slice of alternative indie-pop that perfectly sets the scene for their forthcoming album’s thematic journey from heartbreak to recovery. The album will be released later this year.

When did you realise that you wanted to be musician and song-writer? What or who has inspired you ?  

More than anything I just wanted to write. The desire to create something out of nothing felt fundamental to me since I was a teenager. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I realised I could combine that desire with all the musical skills I’d developed growing up. We started Cousin Tony in a share house that was often host to Matt Corby and the members of his band as well as members of the Middle East. They’re all dear friends who kind of showed us the door.

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

Burt Bacharach. I can imagine this overly intense song writing montage of him training me like Rocky’s boxing coach. Me drinking raw eggs and playing the piano till my fingers bled. That or working with Damon Albarn on a Gorillaz album.

Tell us about your latest single ‘Love Is Heartbreak’– (out 12th April)- what does it mean?

Love is Heartbreak is a kind of juxtaposition. It’s a fairly harrowing song about getting your heart broken, but executed in a really upbeat, twisted disco celebration. I love the idea of being able to dance out emotions like sorrow and longing. Those emotions can generate movement just as well as joy and light-heartedness I think.

You are Australian. Tell us five things you love about your country and why……

  • 1 – The Avalanches. They’ve inspired me since I was a child and made me feel like Melbourne was connected to the rest of the world and the worlds beyond this one.
  • 2 – It’s a clusterf**k. Australia is such a melting pot. It’s far from perfect but Melbourne in particular is wonderfully multi-cultural.
  • 3 – The beaches. I’m not a surfer. But I’m a firm believer that there’s nothing in the world that can’t be cured by immersing yourself in salt water. In just about every major city in Australia you’re a stones throw from a beach.
  • 4 – Indigenous culture – Like many countries, the white population of Australia has a shameful and complicated origin. But learning about indigenous Australians at school was a dream. Literally. The dreamtime stories inspired so much of my love for the outback and imbued nature with a really tangible sense of wonder.
  • 5 – It’s vast. Touring in Australia is arguably the hardest place in the world to cut your teeth. Every time we play a show we drive at least 8 hours to the next venue. But after a while you learn to love the space and the time. You could spend your whole life discovering Australia.

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

Taking the Bird overseas. We’ve worked really hard to get to a point where we feel confident taking our music to the northern hemisphere. Also releasing our second record “New Romancer”. There’s so much blood, sweat and tears in this record. Letting it out into the world is going to be a truly emotional and proud process.