We recently hung out with Sydney band The Tambourine Girls to chat about their personal style, the bands' origins and why they love what they do.
The Tambourine Girls are a 4-piece Indie Pop band from Sydney Australia, formed by ex-Deep Sea Arcade guitarist Simon Relf. The band released their debut EP The End of Time in 2014, and followed up with their self-titled debut LP in 2016, and sophomore album Waiting For Pleasure in 2018. This year, the band released album number 3, which was written and recorded during a 3 month residency at The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris last year, and mixed back home in Sydney by engineer Nick Franklin.
HOW DID YOU ALL MEET?
Simon and Nick met playing in a thrown together Reggae Band at the CWA Hall in Stanwell Park. That band is still together (without Nick and Simon) and Carlos also plays drums for them. They’re called The Strides and they’re great!
Nick was looking for a guitarist for his burgeoning Psych band Deep Sea Arcade, and he liked the look of Simon’s new delay pedal, so Simon got the gig. We were lucky enough to pick up Pat around the time that Simon was starting to write songs of his own for The Tambourine Girls.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN MUSIC?
Pat: Through a misguided need to appear cool to my peers.
Nick: As a way to avoid having to play rugby.
Simon: Probably through my parents’ vinyl collection.
Carlos: When I was a toddler my parents would lock me in a room with a snare drum every time I was naughty.
WHY ‘TAMBOURINE GIRLS?
Because every time I’ve ever told someone I’m in a band, they always say “can I be your tambourine girl?”.
WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
All of it.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
We love the feeling the band gets after it’s been playing a bunch of shows together, and everything glues and takes us some place else. Also sometimes you get free twisties.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN 3 WORDS.
Pat: Undisciplined at best
Nick: Greg Norman Chic
Simon: Bad at interviews
Carlos: Jeans and t-shirts
BEST GIG EVER?
Recently we played at The Art Gallery of New South Wales and that was a bit special. We were set up on a bunch of rugs and stood in a circle facing each other like we were just casually jamming in the worlds largest marble bedroom.
AND THE WORST?
The Virgin Lounge at Melbourne Airport was my most Flight of The Conchords moment ever. (I did it solo) People would mill around and then their flight would get called so they’d leave, and I’d hear Murray’s voice saying “oh you’ve lost your audience”. At one point I looked up and Troy Cassar-Daley was taking my picture, and we had a chat. He’s a nice guy.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU GUYS?
We’re mixing our 3rd album and the next song we’re going to release is called Shadow. Out soon.
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, GUYS!
Music to your ears? (ours too!)
Follow the guys on Instagram @thetambourinegirls