The High Learys are a four piece rhythm and blues band from Perth, Australia. Forming in 2011 the band have taken influence from artists such as Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Slim Harpo, The Rolling Stones, The Zombies, The Hollies, The Standells, The Bee Gees, The Animals, The Yardbirds and The Kinks.
Jamie Turner – Vocals, Bass
Mike Nutt – Organ, Vocals
Matt Williams – Guitar
Adrian MacMillan – Drums
2013 – Album ‘Here Come The High Learys’
2014 – Single ‘Clear My Mind’
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01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?
We’ve been playing together now for nearly 3 years. Myself and Matt are cousins and have been playing music together for ages. We met Mike while at school and started playing in bands with him at an early age, a few years later we met Adrian around town while we were all playing in different bands, we decided to get together and start The Learys in 2011 and have been going strong ever since.
02. What influences do the band members have in common?
We all share the love for the 60’s groups, even though we might take influence from different artists we can all agree that our sound is very much built on that.
03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?
Thee Gold Blooms are from Perth, Western Australia, they are fantastic!
Their music is very surf influenced and their songs are so damn catchy.
04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?
It’s not too bad actually, we are fortunate to have bands like The Stems come from our neck of the woods, there is also some great bands in the eastern states like The Frowning Clouds.
05. How would you describe the style you play?
It’s a modern take on our 60’s influences. We’re very influenced by the British invasion and so I think that definitely comes through in our playing. The combo organ always adds a nice touch to our songs.
06. What are your live shows like?
I’d like to say it’s energetic, fun and captivating.
07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?
Our main influences are bands like The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Zombies. Our current covers are by The Easybeats, The Clovers and Status Quo. We despise commercial and generic boy band garbage.
08. What are your main influences outside of music?
Outside of music we are influenced by all sorts, such as art, books and even new technology we find really interesting.
09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?
Jamie and Mike write the majority of the songs. The songs are usually about anything from girls to a particular state of mind.
10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?
Our latest single Clear My Mind is probably our favourite, although at the moment we have some brand new songs that will hopefully be appearing on our next album which are really great to play. Our other favourite is Ice In The Sun which is a 1968 classic by Status Quo, we love playing that one!
11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?
It’s very much alive! There are some amazing bands in the scene that are great players and who write some great tunes as well. We participate when we can!
12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?
I think our 2013 European tour was a huge challenge, it was so much fun but it was exhausting for all of us.
13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?
We rehearse at least once a week and play at least a show a fortnight. We like to get into the studio as much as we can! The European Tour is coming up and that’s going to be great.
14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?
It’s always interesting reading articles and interviews of bands. You really get to know the artist and see what they’re all about. Live reviews are always interesting as well.
15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?
A few bands we really like at the moment are Temples and Jacco Gardner.
16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?
Abbey Road is the dream as I’m sure it is for most bands. We’ll get in line and keep buying our lottery tickets though. Phil Spector would be great to work with if he wasn’t a holding a gun or anything sharp…
17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?
We hope to write and record a new album in 2015. Our European Tour is really exciting as well, we’re really looking forward to heading back and playing some shows in our favourite countries.
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