Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Cairos

The Cairos
Following the excitement of their latest single Obsession, Australia’s The Cairos are scheduled to release their new album Dream of Reason on May 9th of this year. Curious about what to expect from the album, The Cairos’ singer and guitarist Alistar Richardson fulfilled our curiosity with the interview below. Dive in as he spoke with A Music Blog, Yea? about building a recording studio, keeping journals on birds, and why you should be excited for the album.

AMBY: Hey The Cairos, please introduce yourselves to the world on AMBY!

The Cairos: Hello AMBY world! We are the Cairos from Brisbane, Australia. Jacob, Reuben, Alistar and Alfio are our names and we thank you for having us.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

The Cairos: I suppose you could say our sound is a slight throwback to the guitar bands of the 90’s mixed with a bass guitarist who still believes it’s 1985. We love playing loud, yet we love melody.

AMBY: You recently wrote, “So excited to release our album. Holy snapping ducks”. What is the working title for the album?

The Cairos: The album will be called ‘Dream of Reason’ – bar any last minute squabbles. It’s been a long time coming.

AMBY: What is one reason people should be majorly excited about your new record?

The Cairos: Well, apart from one ‘reason’ being in the title of the album, we hope people will be excited to hear what we believe is our first true representation of what we’re about. We’re really excited to get it out to everyone! We think there’s a little something on this album for everyone.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your new single Obsession?

The Cairos: The song was actually written over the phone one night during a late night call, it started off as different things to be obsessive about i.e. Styles, travel, a relationship and after sitting on the shelves for about a year it was re-hashed and turned into a song about that longing for everything – the whole package, reaching out and striving for it.

AMBY: While at a show, what’s the funniest thing to happen to the band?

The Cairos: We’ve had interesting people join us on stage, some with kazoos, some in various states of dress. I think last time we played we had confetti machines raining fake snow down on us shot by about 10 different Santas. (There’s no real snow over here!)

AMBY: If you could trade places with another artist in the music industry, who would that be?

The Cairos: Tough question, would be still be ourselves? Somebody self made for sure, someone like Mac Demarco or perhaps Arcade Fire so we can get David Bowie in on every track.

AMBY: Where did the name The Cairos come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?

The Cairos: The Cairos as a name has actually been around a long long time, back when we were friends at school it was a choice between ‘west end’ the local suburb name (corny I know) or the Cairos and Cairos won out in the end. We’re still trying to get our first show in Cairo !

AMBY: What do you do for fun when you aren’t making music?

The Cairos: We’re into a bunch of different things, a few of us are right into our sports, others prefer cycling (not a real sport) fishing, reading. Currently we’re slowly building our own recording studio, it’s just too damn hot here in Australia to convince anyone else to help out!

AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about The Cairos that nobody knows yet?

The Cairos: Nobody ey.. Our bass player Reuben (80’s king) has a special way of deciphering on long car trips which cattle in fact know each other. He also keeps a journal on the various birds he spots. Hopefully this will extend to Canadian animal whispering and we’ll be able to share who we are in person with you guys!


Thank you The Cairos, for giving us your answers!

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