By hmcclure | March 31st, 2011
Tim Ayre and Jean Capotorto are a wunderkind duo determined to boost their listener’s revelry levels. Just 20 and 17 years old respectively, the two have been jamming with each other since Jean was 13. What started out as a bit of fun messing around after school has developed into a well-oiled pop machine with a debut album oozing 10 well produced synth-pop anthems.
After entering their track “Come Around” into Triple J’s Unearthed High School competition (they reached the finals round), they were selected to play at the 2009 Parklife Festival alongside MSTRKRFT, Empire of the Sun, and Metric.
Since then, the lads have done their fair share of touring, with festival appearances at Future Music Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Southbound and the Big Day Out, as well as support slots for Moby, La Roux, and Art vs Science.
Their first album, Like What, is due to be released in Australia in April through Mercury/Universal after being mixed in New York by John O’Mahony (who has previously worked with David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Coldplay). The album is an indie-pop lover’s daydream, with track-after-track of acidic choruses and upbeat melodies. The aforementioned “Come Around” has been on rotation on Australian radio for months but has yet to become stale. While a similar vibe is evident, other prominent tunes including “Like What,” “Veronika,” and “Don’t Stop” each bring out a separate pop element, be it cheerful, fervent, or uplifting. This adds a sense of longevity to the album; usually, interest in less capable pop acts can fade out quickly.
The only way is up for these two talented sunshine children, and I expect Like What to be tremendously well received, and not just in their native Australia. Jean asks, “Why make sad music, when we could make happy music?” So simply put, but true just the same. Happy music is awesome.