Meet Gregor, the 21st century musician bringing back the post-punk sound.
The Melbourne, Australia native’s influences range from Solange and Björk to The Clash and The The and he’s blending them into a unique sound that’s reminiscent of Echo & The Bunnymen and R.E.M. His tunes rattle the soul with slow emotional melodies that go beyond the basic band setup of guitar, bass and drums by adding instruments like keys and accordion.
Premiering below is his newest single “A Song About Holding Hands,” from his upcoming album Sliver Drop, out October 5. Listen to the new track below and read the entire interview with Gregor.
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BTR: You have this kind of experimental pop/ post-punk vibe going on, who are some of your biggest influences?
Gregor: My biggest influences during or before making this album have been artists such as Arthur Russell, Bjork, Solange, Frank Ocean, Dean Blunt, Japan and The The. As a teenager, listening to Pat Metheny put a lot of chords and notes in my head. As a young boy, my biggest were Bob Marley, The Clash and The Beatles.
BTRtoday (BTR): How would you describe your creative process?
Gregor: I don’t deal well with knowing that other people can hear me while I’m writing and recording new songs. I tried to push through when I lived with four others in a shared house, but it was difficult.
I am open to collaborations, but making music alone is different. I think I prefer it because I set my own pace and I grew up an only child. My process combines writing and recording into one movement.
My finished product is essentially what people call a demo. The demo captures something that I would struggle to recreate in recording again, albeit properly or with better technological facilities. That being said, I am open to changing my process in the future and working with a producer in a proper studio to take ‘demos’ to a different level.
BTR: Tell me a little about this song you’re premiering with us, “A Song About Holding Hands”—was there any sort of real life scenario that helped inspire it?
Gregor: I was playing around in my head with phrases like hold my hand, my hand wants to be held, etc., with the intention of writing a song. I wrote the lines in notes on my phone and then met my friend. Some days later I was at home and rediscovered an unfinished instrumental recording, which turned out to be the perfect backing music to this tender anthem about holding hands.
Gregor, “A Song About Holding Hands” live
BTR: Are you doing anything different musically with this new album?
Gregor: I like to think that the songs are better thought out and more complete, none are sketchy or impatient. I believe every word I’m singing, I’m not too shy to disguise meaning and I’m ambitious with my vocal abilities when compared with previous work. There is less guitar in total, yet there are more types of guitars featured. The whole thing is mixed nicely.
BTR: How would you compare this new album to music you’ve done in the past?
Gregor: The songs are more considered. Music I’ve done in the past has tended to be much more impatient, as I seldom would revisit a recording beyond the first time. I grow tired of my earlier work, whereas this new album seems to be doing well in my mind comparatively. Perhaps this is a result of my better care.