Melbourne, Australia’s ME are delivering well-crafted songs with contagious melodies and Beatles-esque harmonies (which would even make Jellyfish blush). Recently releasing their debut album Even The Odd Ones Out, AMBY caught up with ME to chat about sneaking into buildings, moving to Berlin, and epic drum jams!
AMBY: Hello ME! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?
ME: We have been losing passports and breaking ribs. We need to stop drinking heavily. We haven’t stopped writing music though. We’re currently working on 9 tracks that we have just written.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
ME: I wouldn’t, I’d tell you/them to go see a show or listen to our album online. Both of those things are quite easy to do. I don’t want to give the wrong impression and my stupid description could just end up with you having a bad taste in your mouth. I’d rather you discover it for yourself and make up your own mind. We are shortly releasing a new song Sleepwalker for free online – that would be a good starting point too.
AMBY: You have recently released your debut album, Even The Odd Ones Out. Which tracks are your favourites?
ME: Favourite songs? Probably Hoo Ha and Under the Sun. They were favourites of mine and were close to not getting on the album. We had to put in a killer performance and fight for them. Hoo Ha turned out so well that it’s the opening track.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your excellent song Rock and Roll Dandy?
ME: That song was all over the place. There was a riff and verse melody lying around for 2 or so years. It want until I was super relaxed on some beach in Spain that I wrote the chorus. It just seemed to fit really well. Round the same time we had just completed a tour round the UK with an artist that was quite the Rock and Roll Dandy. The song is just a bull shit story but he was definitely the inspiration.
AMBY: Tell us about the making of the video for that song. I hear you had to sneak into the building that it was filmed in.
ME: Yeah that’s right! We met a director through Craigslist in Berlin and she knew of this amazing abandoned ball room. We travelled out to the outskirts of Berlin and snuck in with all of our gear, set up and played until we got all the takes we needed. I was surprised that the authorities didn’t turn up to shut us down. We were making loads of noise.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
ME: The Beatles White Album, made me want to play guitar, sing and be in a band. Jeff Buckley’s Grace, made me want to be a better singer and hit all the high notes. Radiohead’s OK Computer, I got really obsessed with this album and actually had to force myself to stop listening to it. It was Radiohead Rehab.
AMBY: What’s the best moment you’ve had as a band so far?
ME: Probably moving to Berlin after an amazing Big Day Out tour in Australia, the relief in finding the perfect new band member in Josh, a great tour of the UK and then touring Germany. After all this amazingness we have set up an amazing space here and Berlin and have been writing and recording loads of new tracks.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
ME: We toured around the UK quite extensively in 2012. There was one particular show in Norwich where the power blew 3 different times during our set. We just ran with it and filled in time with some epic drum jams. We returned there several months later and the venue staff were still talking about that night as it was the only night that it had ever happened. Sure enough when we hit the stage the same thing happened. More power outs and drum jams.
AMBY: What is your song of the year so far?
ME: Not sure. There’s loads of great songs on the new Queens of the Stone Age album.
AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?
ME: The prospect of writing and recording our second album in it’s entirety, here in Berlin. Playing more shows and festivals in Europe has us pretty excited as well.
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?
ME: The Goonies. It’s a great story, a bunch of kids out on a crazy adventure, doing what they love, obstacles, crazy encounters and they do it all as best friends.
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about ME that nobody knows?
ME: Luke broke his ribs a week ago. Josh is visiting his parents in Italy. Mikey goes to the gym once if not twice daily. Spike shares a room with a Japanese electronic artist named named Juan.
Thank you ME, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout