One half of Client Liaison chats to Beat before the release of the pop duo’s delayed sophomore album about the pros and cons of making music in lockdown.
Client Liaison has always had one foot in the past. The Melbourne duo’s retro corporate aesthetic and 80s musical influences have been equal parts fun impersonation and refreshing update on an old form, making them mainstays on dancefloors and radios across Australia for a decent chunk of the last decade.
But the truth of the matter is that they live and create today, in modern times. And boy oh boy, don’t modern times suck at the minute.
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Divine Intervention, the band’s second album, was delayed due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and various lockdowns. But, with the album finally set to come out on October 1, Harvey Miller, producer and live keyboardist for the band (opposite vocalist Monte Morgan), spoke to Beat about creating the new album and the band’s future.
“When we were doing Zoom, [it’s] not fantastic for starting ideas from scratch but if you’ve already got a finished idea, we can get our engineer … so we can listen in and we can go through notes and go ‘oh turn the sound up and down one decibel’ or whatnot,” he says.
“It’s also great for writing lyrics … which we will continue on with, definitely … Like I said before, the general starting of songs – [it’s] much better to be in the room and vibe that out. This idea of us going back to normal as a society, I think there is no going back to normal. It’s just going to be this continuing forward, I feel.”
Fans won’t have to wait much longer for Divine Intervention, but will be champing at the bit for the glitzy, Fosters-can-throwing live shows the band are known for. Unfortunately, Miller doesn’t have faith that the upcoming Forum shows will be going ahead but is looking forward to getting back on the road.
“I’m interested to see what [songs] they sing back to us, what songs they pick up on … [I like playing] the ones where people sing them back because that’s where you get that connection.”
On what he hopes listeners will get out of Divine Intervention, Miller quips “the clouds parting upon their first listen. [A] big godly hand reaching down and patting them on the head or something.”
“But, you know, at the end of the day, personally speaking, I’m quite cutthroat in my digestion of albums and if I have one song that I find on an album and that’s all I really care about I’ll flog that song … [So] if there’s one track on there that resonates with [listeners] I feel like I’ve done my part.”
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