Ahead of their performance at this year’s The Great Escape, Body Type highlight five records that soundtracked their US road trip…

Body Type, the Sydney based four piece, have just realised their latest project, the five track EP2. Their distinctive blend of fuzzy garage rock with dreamy harmonies has earned them a reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting up and coming bands.

After playing their first international shows last month when they played a string of gigs in the US including SXSW, today, Sophie, Annabel, Georgia and Cecil embark on a whistle-stop tour of the UK. The band will play dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London, Bristol, and of course, Brighton, for this weekend’s The Great Escape.

Catch Body Type at the following stage times across the weekend:

FRIDAY 10TH MAY 7.15PM @ KOMEDIA
FRIDAY 10TH MAY 10.00PM @ HIDEOUT
SATURDAY 11TH MAY 2.50PM @ THE DIVE BAR (BEACH SITE)

Ahead of their performance at The Great Escape, Annabel from Body Type talks us through five records that soundtracked their road trip around Austin for SXSW, before exploring Joshua Tree and Los Angeles.

WEYES BLOOD – ANDROMEDA

I’ve been sitting around waiting for this record to exist. One of our favourite things to do is dramatically whip lines out from Front Row Seat to Earth at any time (but most typically in a small space like an empty car) and this album is sure to follow suit. It reads like a superhuman body of work when you look at all the accompanying imagery too – but I guess that’s just a reflection of the super human that Natalie Mering is.

GREGOR – A SONG ABOUT HOLDING HANDS

This album drops you into Gregor’s world to picture scenes from his life playing out; just focusing on little details and then building really memorable songs around them. Sophie sent me ‘A Song About Holding Hands’ one day and it made me go gooey and wanna cry at the same time. Other favourites from the record are ‘I Look Devastated’, ‘Revise Me’, and title track ‘Silver Drop’, etc. Basically, all of them.

FRANKIE COSMOS – SINISTER

We love Frankie Cosmos so much and this album sparks all the joy. I think we know the words to every song. We listened to it on repeat while we were driving around Austin during our first time at SXSW, partly because it was the one of the only albums Georgia had saved on her phone, but mainly because it’s the kind of thing you can listen to 5 times in a row.

NEIL YOUNG – HARVEST MOON

We listened to this album at 4am on the way to shoot one of the videos for our next EP. I think the slide guitar and Neil’s weird vibrato really soothed us at this hour; everything was going to be okay despite our bodies wanting to shut down, and it being far too early for coffee. “Dream up, dream up, let me fill your (future coffee) cup.” 

PRIMO – YOU’VE GOT A MILLION

If you’re constantly hustling back and forth around cities, a great thing to do is sing Primo’s ‘You’ve Got A Million’ to yourself – it instantly trivialises your core woes. This album is all unconventional poem-songs that you absorb and memorise without trying.

The Great Escape takes place across various Brighton venues from 9th to 11th May.