Coming: Tristan Goodall and Taasha Coates, as The Audreys, play Lizotte’s on November 8.It started with a taste ofpunk, then morphed into a reggae tune. But in the end, it caught fire as a “nice rolling folky groove”.
Taasha Coates You & Steve McQueen, the first cut on The Audreys’ debut album, Between Last Night & Us. The year was 2006, when long-time friends (and once lovers) Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall, formed The Audreys, an evocative folk band with a bundle of smartly written tunes reflecting an n flavour cached in exquisite musicianship and alluring vocals.
The album won an ARIA for best blues and roots album in 2006, winning the trophy overBernard Fanning’sTea and Sympathy, Lior’sDoorways of My Mind, The Flood’sThe Late Late Show and Xavier Rudd’sFood in the Belly.
Ten years and three albums (and two more ARIA awards)later, The Audreys took a break, to catch their creative breath, playing a few private house concerts but nothing else together.
Now, they are back, celebrating 11 years (yes, they missed 10) since the debut of Between Last Night & Us.The Audreys play Lizotte’s in Newcastle on November 8. Coates says they will play the album from start to finish and then come back on stage and play more from their extensive catalogue.
The touring band will include Tristan’s brother, Cameron, who played on the original album.
Steve McQueen has always been a crowd favourite. Coates even included it in the setlist of her solo tour this year.
“It started out a lot more PJ-Harveyish punkier,” Coates says. “Then Tristan started playing it on the banjo slowed it down. It had gone through a few incarnations. It took awhile to settle on that groove.”
When Coates and Goodall began playing music together, their goal was to simplify.
“When we began, we played pop songs,” Coates says. “We took out everything but the melody, we’d bring it back to the basics. We used to do that with Kylie Minogue songs, INXS.”
In fact, an INXS song, Don’t Change,made it on to the first album (the last song). “People still request it,” Coates says.
Coates is eagerto get back on the road, where she feels comfortable.Sherecently returnedfrom a month in Key West with her husband, American music industry figure Ray Flowers (they married this year), and has had a group of American musos doing some songwriting at her home outside Adelaide.
“I think it will be great fun” she says of the tour. “I can’t wait.”
And who knows . . . there is a hint of a reunion and new music from them in 2018.