‘Hold On Together’ sees Jeremy Neale teaming up with Phoebe Imhoff to deliver the future of post New Romantic driving duets. This isn’t their first anthem-delivering rodeo either – as one quarter of legendary band Go Violets (RIP), Phoebe had previously appeared on the title track of Jeremy’s In Stranger Times EP.
The track was recorded with Sean Cook at Plutonium Studios in October of 2014 and later mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301. It took 6 months to see the light of day because focus groups unanimously declared that the best time for such a sensitive banger would be Autumn. If you’ve been holding out for a duelling saxophone and flamenco guitar solo or just a song that Jeremy is incredibly proud of, hold out no more – this track delivers on both fronts. We were lucky enough to have a chat with Jeremy as he announced favourite things about being on tour and his awkward couple motivation for the ‘Hold On Together’ video.
1. You’ve just released your latest single ‘Hold On Together’, what has the feedback been on the track so far?
Everyone I’ve spoken to has really liked it. I guess it’s a bit of a shift for in some ways of what people were expecting. I’m much across the board with being associated with guitar kind of rock, but I just wanted to try my hand at other things that I hadn’t really written a lot of stuff in the vibe of. I wanted to craft something that was kinda’ fun I guess.
2. What is the story line behind the video clip to your track ‘Hold On Together’? I had seen this film clip from the 80s with Patrick Duffy, it was an incredibly awkward performance which showed two people who were in love with each other. We had a lot of other shots planned to take the awkwardness up another notch but the night before I had dislocated by knee so most of the shots were filmed while I was standing still.
3. Along with the release of this single you’ll be going on a national your, what do you like, or don’t like about being on tour?
I like everything about being on tour, now that I’ve perfected the art of getting everything sorted far in advance, I like that aspect because it’s pretty chilled and there isn’t anything to not enjoy. I also get to meet really nice people, I’m very fortunate my shows attract a great bunch of people.
4. What do you believe makes a live show successful? I guess, the quicker that you can get the crowd to feel very comfortable and not in a judgement zone is the key to any good show. As soon as people are comfortable to enjoy themselves then it makes the entire show more enjoyable for everyone.
5. When can we expect an album from Jeremy Neale?
I’m capping off an EP, which will be out in August with 6 tracks, and then I’m already writing for album and will start recording that simultaneously as the EP goes out. So we may see a first single towards the end of the year and an album towards the middle of next year.
6. Who would you love to collaborate with in the future?
Definitely craft the art of a duet, but with two males. So it’s about finding the right other artists to collaborate on. I’d love to even do an epic synth solo. I think it would be really cool to do something with someone from a non-English speaking language, I think that could be pretty fun.
7. Which artist/song are you currently listening to on repeat?
I went and saw Spandau Ballet live last Wednesday, and they’ve been out of the game for a long time and they recently released a new single, and nit’s not bad I actually got addicted to it. It’s called ‘this is the love’, artists that have had their time usually release something cringe worth but I think with this track they’ve hit all the right notes. Before that I was really obsessed with a song by a new Brisbane band called Sans Parents and the song is called ‘Loose People’.
8. Do you have a hidden talent that no one knows about? I can make a meal using the least amount of ingredients and using the least amount of utensils. Meaning less time preparing and less time cleaning it up. It’s very grounding.