photo by Leslie Kirchhoff
Courtney Barnett, the Australian-based singer-songwriter responsible for The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, one of the most revered indie-rock albums of 2014, will be starting her Fall US Tour at the Loft in Atlanta on Thursday, October 16th. She’ll be joined throughout the tour by San Fermin & Mikhael Paskalev.
2014 saw Courtney and her band playing major festivals around the US, UK/EU, and Australia, as well as dozens of sold-out club and theatre shows. Propelled by countless approving album reviews, the radio success of her singles “Avant Gardner” and “History Eraser“, and a raw live show, she is well positioned to continue this upward trajectory well into 2015 and beyond.
We spoke with Courtney via e-mail as she was preparing for the upcoming tour. Enjoy the brief interview below..
Courtney Barnett / Fall 2014 Tour Dates
10/17 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
10/18 – Black Cat – Washington, DC
10/20 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
10/22 – Webster Hall – New York City, NY
10/23 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
10/24 – Cabaret Mile End – Montreal, QC
10/25 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
10/27 – Metro – Chicago, IL
10/28 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/31 – The Neptune – Seattle, WA
11/01 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/03 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
11/04 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
11/05 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
11/06 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
Congrats on the recent “Song of the Year” award from ARPA for “History Eraser”! Despite the insane amount of touring you did in the States in and Europe, you’ve had a wildly successful past year at home.. If you could make up an award for the record to win, what would it be?
Your upcoming US tour with San Fermin kicks-off in Atlanta, GA at the Loft on October 16th..From what I can tell, this is going to be your first time playing in Atlanta..Will you have time to see the city while you’re here?
Not much , I think we’re pretty in and out. Sometimes we get days off and I like to go to art galleries or museums. Normally we just find a nice park and lie down.
You’ve covered a lot of ground over the last year – what’s been the oddest experience from the road so far?
Everything is odd. Driving around playing shows every night to strangers. Eating hot chips for dinner. That’s not normal. We nearly didn’t get let into our own show once, I forget where we were. But I had to show my drivers license to the bouncer to prove that I was the person on the poster.
The songs on the album are wordy but appropriately so – they spare few details but avoid excess. Are you constantly writing while you’re on the road or do you wait to jot things down until you have time off to collect yourself?
I’m constantly jotting stuff down, but normally it’s pretty scattered and when I read it back, half of it doesn’t make sense. I START writing a lot of things, but I never finish anything.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given this past year?
Set three alarms..