Died Pretty - Died Pretty All Over Again
Author: Sarah Booth
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Obviously there is still an appreciation for your work if you’ve been asked to come back and perform an album in its entirety. It’s a huge compliment.
It’s great – it’s something we’ve never done. I mean we split up for good in 2001 – was it 2001- I think it was about six years ago. Well Brett [Myers] didn’t ever really want to reform that band; you move on and you do other things. I like to try different things all the time, other musical pursuits. Died Pretty had a pretty good run of 20 years I don’t think to go on and on and on and reform all the time is a good progression.
I think that’s where Don’t Look Back comes in – there is a grace in it, where it’s not about making a comeback, it’s more about an appreciation of work that you have done.
Well it’s certainly not a financial thing! I think the thing that appealed to myself and Brett was that the whole concept was coming together and reforming to do a single album. I don’t think that we could have done it for any other of our albums – it had to be Doughboy Hollow because it is a fairly loved album.
Well, that was my next question. I mean Doughboy Hollow was the obvious choice.
I don’t know if we could have done it for another album – maybe the first one [1986’s Free Dirt], but I doubt it. This one was such a loved album. I mean the whole process of writing the songs and recording the album and bringing in Hugh Jones from London was just a beautiful experience from start to finish.
I can imagine playing with Died Pretty at somewhere like the Prince in St Kilda in the ’80s and hitting it now with Darling Downs is a very different experience for you.
Yeah! More people for a start! There were much more people coming to see Died Pretty than for the Darling Downs! Actually, God yeah, Darling Downs are lucky to scrape together a hundred people. I mean we have maybe – maybe – been offered the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds support for a European tour later in the year, starting off in Oslo and ending in Paris taking in Greece and Italy, Berlin…it will be nice, I think.
So for the festival you will be playing alongside Ed Kuepper – how did that come about-
Because we love Ed Kuepper and we thought it would be something special, basically. Brett and I both loved Ed Kuepper and we loved that album [the 1991 classic, Honey Steel’s Gold] – he’s very talented and I mean, he’s a legend isn’t he- He’s a very talented, wonderful person. We did a cover of one of Ed’s songs, Eternally Yours, I believe, and recorded that for one of our albums, way back when.
WHO: Died Pretty
WHAT: Play Doughboy Hollow at Enmore Theatre
WHEN: Friday 8 February