Interview| Al Bairre


Al Bairre is a Cape Town based, 5 piece Symphonic Indie Rock band, who combine cello, violins, guitars, ukelele’s and drums. Al Bairre launched in 2012 and their goal was to take an indie band and turn it into an “ice cream of orchestral sounds”. We decided to ask them a few questions, this is what they had to say:

MCBN: Hey guys. Congratulations on winning the Vodacom In The City competition…You must be stoked… how did you feel when you found out you won?

Thank you! Relieved! We started out with a good lead in the competition and then all the other bands started catching up. It was super stressful maintaining it and we were heaps thankful we did.

MCBN: Al Bairre. How did you come up with that name? What’s it all about?

It’s the dogs name in Youth in Revolt. We were fans of the movie at the time of the bands conception.

MCBN: The first time I saw you guys on stage was at the Flamjangled Tea Party, do you remember your first gig?

Yeah! It was a last minute thing and Tessa couldn’t make it for the first half of our set and when she eventually did arrive we had played all the songs we knew and so we just repeated them.

MCBN: Give us a little more info on each of the band members?

Tessa always has a boyfriend called Jeremy, Tom brews his own beer, Kyle loves to get naked when ever he’s sober, Nicholas wrote most of the songs we perform now a few years ago and Julia is a learner accountant.


MCBN:  How does it feel to be playing alongside the likes of Alt J, Skunk Anansie and The Hives?

Surreal. We used to listen to Skunk and The Hives back when we were all still rocking walkmans. Never in a million years did we think we’d be performing on the same stage as them and Alt – J are easily one of the biggest indie bands in the world so it’s a complete honour really.

MCBN:  If you could go out to dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Jack Steadman, Ezra Koenig and Mac deMarco. They all have the best voices in the world.

MCBN: You have played quite a few gigs recently, what’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while performing?

A guy fell onto a bottle on stage at a gig in Stellies and cut his hand open spraying blood on all of us. [editor: Sounds insane, shit gets crazy in Stellies]

MCBN: Who has influenced you along the way and inspired the sound you push out to your fans?

There’s way to many bands to say but those in particular are Bombay Bicycle Club, Vampire Weekend, Foals and The Maccabees.

MCBN:  Who are your favourite local and international musicians?

Definitely the ones we listed above. Left out Florence Welch, Chaz Bundwick, Dev Hynes, Claire Boucher…The list could really go on forever! Same with locally, but to list a few we’d say; John Withers, David Thorpe, Matthew Field, Matthew Mole, Sebastian Zanasi ,Ruth de Frietas, Michael de la hunt, Simon Lee, Gerdus Keperdus. So mannnnyyyyyy !


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