Get to know Melbourne’s City Calm Down ahead of their appearance at The Great Escape.

City Calm Down are a four piece outfit hailing from Melbourne. Their new album Echoes in Blue – the follow up to their 2016 full length debut In A Restless House – was released last week via Melbourne label I Oh You. Tackling the pressures of contemporary living and the anxieties surrounding the pace and pressure under which we live our lives, Echoes in Blue is heavy with aching melodies. “Interested in the reality of being spread too thin”, their indie pop soundscapes are laced with soaring synths, shimmering guitar and driving percussion, with lead vocalist Jack Bourke’s rich vocal shining throughout.

The second single from the album – the desolate ‘Joan, I’m Disappearing’ – tells of the disintegration of a long-term relationship. The Riley Blakeway directed visual (below) features real people rather than actors, adding a rawness to a track already heavy with loss.

We’re looking forward to City Calm Down’s performance at The Great Escape this year. Ahead of their performance, we caught up with them to see what makes them tick…

Three words to describe our music…
Echoes in Blue

Favourite ever film…
The Lives of Others or Zoolander

Favourite Instagram account…
Not on Instagram yet, but it’s on the to-do list!

The best venue we’ve played…
The Forum in Melbourne, Australia

The song we can’t listen to…
Anything by Enya.

The worst job we’ve ever had…
I was a dish pig in a pizza restaurant when I was a teenager. That soapy pizza smell really turned me off the stuff for a while.

My favourite meal to cook…
Slow cooked beef brisket

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
A Smiths tribute band called “Smithers”

My favourite word…
Pejorative

If I had a superpower I’d want to be…
able to stop time

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Red Rocks in Colorado (dream big, right?!)

I think you should listen to…
Marlon Williams

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
David Bowie

City Calm Down play The Great Escape, Brighton (17th-19th May).