Tales in Space are creating electrifying pop-rock out of Sydney, Australia. With an addiction to their new single In A Million Places At Once, A Music Blog, Yea? was lucky enough to catch up with Tales in Space’s Simon Pieman, so have a read as we talk about their new single, favourite karaoke songs, and touring.
AMBY: Hello Tales in Space, cheers for speaking with us today. How’s the band doing?
Tales in Space: Yeah we’re going great thanks. We just got back from showcasing at Bigsound in Brissie so we’re a little bit hazy.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Tales in Space: Electro indie pop rock would be a fairly accurate description I’d say.
AMBY: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
Tales in Space: From all over the place. Radio and online are easy ways to find new music but I think we also get a lot of inspiration from our friends who are in other bands constantly writing incredible songs and raising the bar for us.
AMBY: Your new single In A Million Places At Once is a fantastic electro-pop tune. What’s the story behind the song?
Tales in Space: It’s the second release from our forthcoming album. We had already finished writing the album and were more than happy with the songs when Luke came into the studio with this guitar riff that just couldn’t be ignored. We fairly quickly molded a tune around it, wrote some synth lines and an uplifting vocal melody and lyrics. It’s loaded with character and hooks and I’m stoked we put the extra effort in to get it on the album.
AMBY: And how did you create the concept for its karaoke-themed video?
Tales in Space: I’d love to take credit for the clip idea but it came from our wonderful director Sam Bright and the team at Bermudans. We couldn’t be more blown away with the quality of the clip and the tongue in cheek, karaoke/mah jong/Chinese Dragon ideas somehow suit the feel of the song perfectly
AMBY: What would be your favourite song to sing out loud and karaoke?
Tales in Space: It depends how drunk I am. The more intoxicated I get, the cheesier the songs get. I’m actually a bit scarred from the last time I did karaoke where I assumed I could tackle Sinatra’s New York, New York. Turns out Sinatra was a pretty good singer and possibly even better than me! I know right, I can tell you’re as shocked as me. Anyway, I failed soooo hard. I think I got boo’d off! That’s pretty hard to bounce back from.
AMBY: The band have some shows lined up for next month. What’s the best part of touring for you?
Tales in Space: I love it all. From the shows, the people we meet, the other bands we play with, the planes, the hire cars, the shit hotels and hostels, the rank food we ingest. Every day on tour is an adventure consisting of equal parts stress and hilarity.
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to record an album with, who would you pick?
Tales in Space: That’s a tough one. I know Luke’s answers would be different but I think if I could get Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, Fatboy Slim and James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem together I could make a half decent album.
AMBY: What would the fortune teller predict about Tales in Space down the road?
Tales in Space: They’d predict that we’ll release the best god damn album of 2014.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year so far?
Tales in Space: There’s been heaps. It’s been a cracking year of music so far. I think bands like Haim and Chvrches are doing great things at the moment. Also more locally, Jagwar Ma has been a real stand out. There’s been tons though, too hard to choose.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Tales in Space that nobody knows yet?
Tales in Space: That the drums on ‘Shades’ are actually stolen from a song called ‘Stereo’ from our very first EP.
Thank you Tales in Space, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout