Live Act + DJ Set

The Preatures

The Preatures are a four-piece rock band from Sydney, Australia. Fronted by Isabella ‘Izzi’ Manfredi on vocals and keys, alongside lead guitarist Jack Moffitt, Thomas Champion on bass, and Luke Davison on drums. The band formed in 2010 after Izzi, Jack and Thomas met at the iconic Sydney venue, The Lansdowne Hotel. Luke joined a year later on drums. In 2012, they signed a worldwide deal with Universal Music Australia and 18 months later, with two acclaimed EPs to their name, sold out Australian tours and a ton of buzz thanks to blistering showcases at CMJ & SXSW in the US, the band finally bunkered down to record their long-awaited LP amidst a heavy international touring schedule. As luck would have it, their first pick for producer Jim Eno (Spoon) was available, so they packed a suitcase of half-formed songs and headed to his Public Hi Fi studio in Austin, Texas.

“We wanted ‘Is This How You Feel?’ to be the blueprint for this record,” declares Izzi, “In terms of the sounds we wanted, and what we wanted to achieve.”

Given the song’s success, it seemed a tall order. The breakthrough single catapulted the five-piece from Sydney’s worst kept secret to Australia’s freshest music export, landing them on stages at Glastonbury, Coachella, Bonnaroo and the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Pitchfork called it “groove based confection that explodes into one of the year’s best choruses”. It clocked in at #9 on triple j’s Hottest 100 poll, won the coveted Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, and earned them high praise from fans as diverse as Pink, Harry Styles and the late, great Aussie rock icon Doc Neeson.

Blue Planet Eyes not only lives up to its bold aspirations, it blows them away. The album debuted at 4 on the ARIA charts and number 1 on iTunes. As addictive as it is ambitious, it takes the promise of ‘Is This How You Feel?’ and projects it widescreen, popping with delicious grooves, hip-hugging bass lines and choruses that just won’t quit. From the sultry swagger of ‘Whatever You Want’ to the juicy licks of ‘Ordinary’, through the hedonism of ‘Rock And Roll Rave’… it’s an exhilarating combination of Rock & Roll and Soul, at the centre of which beats a heart of brash, joyous pop.