Canberra’s band of brothers, Lavers, have completed their debut record Thought I Was King. Headed by Dom and Seb Lavers, alongside drummer Matt Barnes and bassist Ben Cumming, the four-piece outfit has previously released EPs The Street is a Symphony in 2011 and Endless Corridors in 2012.
Self-produced by the Lavers boys at Studio Sixty-Eight in Latham, Seb says that even though Thought I Was King is a debut record, it was nevertheless a relatively smooth process.
“Most of the songs on the album we’d been playing live for probably a couple of years now, so we kinda had a pretty good idea about what we wanted to do, and how we were gonna go about recording it.
“It was just quite difficult finding the time to get it done, and we’ve got a perfectionist [streak] … So it wasn’t particularly stressful.
“But it’s a debut album, and you’re putting these songs down in the form they’re gonna be in forever, so you have to take a lot of care.”
With this in mind, Seb indicates that the band perhaps benefited from not having a central figure standing over the production of the record and dictating the direction of its sound.
“It wasn’t so much that we had one person directing the project, it was much more collaborative and experimental, more of a melting pot of all of our ideas.
“And since we had a fair bit of time, we could explore each band member’s ideas and just pick the direction we all agreed on at the end.”
Finally, in terms of direction, Seb says that the band’s sound was influenced by others both old and new.
“I think we’re partly influenced by some of the more recent folk bands that are coming out – like Fleet Foxes – with the use of vocal harmonies.
“Also, a lot of our older influences, like The Cure and The Smiths, probably feature in some of the songs a lot more than you might expect …”
Written by Gus McCubbing for BMA Magazine.
Thought I Was King is out in 2016, but you can order an advanced copy here.