What is your name and role within Big League?
Travis, I play guitar, sing, and write the songs.
Where are you currently based?
Ashwood, it’s a suburb in the inner SE of Melbourne.
What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been so far?
Just practicing and waiting. Our original Melbourne launch date got pushed back due to COVID venue restrictions, we’ll now be launching the album finally this Saturday at The Last Chance in Melbourne. We also recently released a video for another track from the album ‘Sign Waves’.
Your new album ‘A Symbol Like A Cloud’ came out on Tuesday the 22nd of June, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
I did most of the writing during stages of semi-unemployment in our living room with my Les Paul, and a coffee or beer.
I’ve been a fan of lo-fi recordings for a long time, and I’d just started listening to Car Seat Headrest’s album Twin Fantasy, a relatively recent, and boldly lo-fi record I thought. Seeing as our last album had been well rehearsed prior to recording, and was laid down in just a couple of days in a studio, I decided I wanted to go in the opposite direction; record weird ideas as they came without rushing to get an album out.
Some of the songs were written and recorded in a day, some were ideas that sat for a year before being completed. I just kept going until the album felt finished.
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
We recorded at home in our makeshift studio. Drums, guitar, and bass were recorded live, with everything else dubbed over the top.
I did the mixing, we got Mikey Young to do the mastering.
What are a couple of your favourite tracks and what do they mean to you?
Ballad Of The Boyracer – It’s one of my favourites on the album, it was the first recorded and it helped me get confident with the idea that I could achieve the sound I was after recording at home.
Sign Waves – For me this song has a different energy to anything we’ve done before. I wrote and recorded it in 1 day, I feel that getting it recorded quickly captured something special.
What shows do you have coming up?
This Saturday at Last Chance in Melbourne with AM Reruns and The Devours.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
A lot of 80’s rock at the moment, The Replacements, The Gun Club, Dream Syndicate. I’m hearing a lot for the first time, it’s great.
What do you like to do away from music?
I tinker, we have a house that I’ve been renovating for the last few years, we’re pretty close to getting it finished.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Love a good pizza, but to go out for a pub feed, The Union in Fitzroy’s great, and so is Leonards House Of Love in Prahran.