East London based but with Australian roots, Tall Poppies are an alternative indie four piece who have played all over the world. Matching neat, melodic indie pop with darker, creative notions, Aussie twins Susan and Catherine spin tales of life from both sides of the planet alongside violinist Diarmuid and Doug Fink – previously the drummer in Noah and the Whale.
Having been described as a ‘Rock version of Clean Bandit’, the band also bear similarities Kate Bush and Camera Obscura, with influences including the likes of The Smiths, David Bowie, Belle and Sebastian and Pulp.
The result of this cocktail is a 6 track EP which blends indie sensibilities with pop elements and roots sounds to create something a little different – but immediately accessible.
Working with producer Brian O’Shaughnessy (produced Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadellica’) as well as with Paul Tipler (Elastica, Idlewild, The Horrors, Stereolab), the ‘High Time’ EP is a technical triumph, finding Tall Poppies at the top of their game in the studio. Working with such high profile names has come as a result of a growing reputation, helped along by superb live notices in both the UK and Australia.
Having supported Mark Morrison from the Bluetones, other live highlights include a sell out launch show at Perth’s ‘His Majesty Theatre’, and a number of gigs in the UK such as 2000 Trees festival in Gloucester, Hay on Wye Festival and the Harlequin festival in Norwich.
Their live reputation has also seen them secure regular gigs for the manager of cult sensation Public Service Broadcasting, who books them for gigs at one of the hottest underground venues in London, Paperdress Vintage.
This year they have a number of festival dates to come including Ashford Create festival in July and the Big Cornish Festival in September.
It’s all great news from a fiercely DIY band who are working hard to continue their creative innovations. With self-made music videos, photoshoot costumes and artwork, this is a four piece whose creativity reigns across the board.
‘High Time’ EP from Tall Poppies was released on August 24th.