People do struggle to describe our music. All four of us write songs for Retiree so they can spur from different directions and influences. When one of us brings an idea or track to the band it tends to morph and change a lot through jamming, adding vocals and experimenting with instrumentation. Melody and rhythm always seem to bubble up in every song.
Gundagai - Retiree
Retiree are a modern band for a modern age. Excellent music, and excellent values.The four mammals who take stage, Tori Holleman, Ryan Powderly, Marco Vella and Matt Crowley have shimmied their road cases through many tight stage doors over the last twelve months, consistently presenting an evolving repertoire of artful tracks to thirsty ears. The band’s well-arranged melodies and ideas are translated by a variety of instruments both electronic and acoustic, and are importantly not lost during performance. Among those recently engaged were founders of Sydney’s burgeoning Plastic World label – swiftly leading to a distribution deal and subsequent EP to be released early in November. The allusive sound of Retiree draws influence from no obvious single thread, instead an evolving project with no predictable narrowness. Dance record commissars, Suzanne Kraft (Running Back Records) and Andras Fox (Home Loan Records), have leapt with uncommon keenness at the offer to remix the single from the upcoming 12" release. It is likely then that the EP will give listeners a refreshing emulsion of dance floor cadence and tempered vibrancy – something not seen all that often on debut releases.
Newly born, Retiree recently kicked its way through the musical birth sac and into Sydney’s live scene, with a spate of vitalising performances.