Peter Sagar is singer/songwriter for Homeshake, once guitarist for Mac DeMarco, Peter and band are on their way to Australia to play a handful of shows, following the release of Midnight Snacks. With thanks to the team at Future Popes, we had a little Baa Baa Blaah with Peter before he jumped the plane to our sunny laid-back shores, a perfect match to Homeshake‘s sound.
Peter, you have had some quite profound and deep response to your music with the likes of “There’s a sense of despondency on [Heat], with Sagar sounding vulnerable and bare.” And “Midnight Snack plays like a trip back to the woozy, lust-fuelled R&B of the ’90s,” and our favourite “I want to slow dance with a beautiful woman to this album, in its entirety,” from someone onFacebook. For those of us in Oz who are new to your music, can you offer us an insightinto you music?
I’ve always found questions like this nearly impossible to answer. My influences change day to day, and probably include every record I’ve ever heard, so I often will just pick whatever I had been listening to the day. Most of the subject matter has something to do with anxiety or stress, music is very therapeutic for me, an outlet to work out whatever i’m concerned with at the time.
Good, I’m in control of what I’m doing and can keep my life balanced.
To clarify Peter, this isn’t your “debut” tour of Australia? You’ve been here before right? Is there anything, apart from playing your gigs, that you are looking forward to doing or seeing (or again)?
Yeah I was there a year or two ago. I haven’t really thought about what to do much, but I’ll definitely be buying a big bottle of sunscreen and hitting the beach with the rest of the guys.
You gotta hear the new Lil B mixtape, it’s 63 songs, so many hits its out of control.
Maintenant que vous êtes basé à Montréal, vous êtes en mesure de parler français? Si oui, des plans d’écrire une chanson avec des paroles en français? (We translated with Google translation, if you can, please respond in French and we will translate it back and see how correct it is)
J’ai fais l’immersion francais jusqu’a la 9ieme annee, mais tous mes amis sont anglophone alors tous the francais que je parle est au fruiterie et buanderie. I bet I spelled half of that wrong. Ugh.
Now, if you cant read French, of which we expect most of you reading this can’t, click on this link to Google Translator to reveal the answer.
You have been asked many times about the change in direction that you took with your latestalbum Midnight Snack. Did you turn to any influences to help with the process of using synths? Any challenges?
I was finding less and less inspiration to write for guitars and needed to shake it up a little, so I bought a synth, so it was born from necessity i guess.
I prefer marmite 😉
HOMESHAKE’S Australian Tour Dates are:
Brisbane 25th Feb at Brightside
Gold Coast 26th Feb at Elsewhere
Melbourne 27th Feb at The Curtin.
Click on Venue for Tickets.