Peak Mt Cleverest relishing live gigs

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Perth Indi-rock band Mt Cleverest will play the Fire Station Bar on June 1
Camera IconPerth Indi-rock band Mt Cleverest will play the Fire Station Bar on June 1 Credit: Supplied

Mt Cleverest will bring their new “grunty, surfy” indie-rock single Linger to the Fire Station bar on June 1.

The name of the band refers to climbing Mt Everest, which is a metaphor for how difficult it is to break through in the Australian music scene to be recognised as one of the best bands in the country.

The free event is in celebration of the band’s new single — the first release from an EP which lead singer Christian Mechler said was about love.

“A lot of people tell me that you can’t write good music if you’re in love. I disagree, writing music is about telling your story — if you’re in love then write about being in love,” he said.

“This is the first song from the EP and it sets the mood for the rest of the track list.”

The band, who have had a break from performing, had a wild ride in 2018, with their single Money making the top five of the Live and Local top songs of 2018.

They credit the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys for inspiring their version of alternative rock, which has a distinct flavour of hip-hop added to the delivery of the lyrics.

“One of my favourite live shows was recently at Settlers Tavern — we had a room full of people, with heaps singing along,” Mechler said. “You never know who is going to connect to the music and one of our songs, Born to Fly is all about the hustle.

“I feel like a lot of people are hustling to survive and succeed right now.”

The band have family in both Busselton and Dunsborough who will be out in force at the Fire Station, and with The Drop occurring during the day be prepared for a rowdy “kick-ons” gig.

The band live by the mantra “the only pressure is the pressure you put on yourself”, committing to more than 150 hours of studio time to record their upcoming EP.

“This is 24/7, I’m rehearsing in one way or another every day — I joined a gospel choir to work on my singing,” Mechler said.

“I feel like we have shown constant growth as a band and we’ve improved our live set in leaps and bounds.

“This is the biggest music project of our lives.”

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