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Interview: The Australian Pink Floyd Show
THEIR sound is uncannily like the original band and during a concert, if you close your eyes, you could easily believe that they were the originals.
But it’s best not to close your eyes though, as like the band they so faithfully reproduce, The Australian Pink Floyd Show have a light show that is second to none, with not just lasers, but massive inflatables making their shows a treat for all the senses.
It helps that all the band are Pink Floyd fans, and some of the backroom team behind the Aussie Floyd Show worked behind the scenes for Pink Floyd themselves.
The band are renowned for pushing the boundaries both sonically and visually and last year they introduced 3D visuals to augment the songs.
“They actually went very well,”
says keyboard player and founder member Jason Sawford.
“OK, they were a bit of an experiment, but it was pretty successful. Definitely a Floydy thing to do.”
Jason, relaxing in Wroclaw, just before the Polish leg of the ‘Exposed In The Light’ tour (with the name taken from a line of the lyrics in the song Shine On You Crazy Diamond), adds: “We’ve just arrived here from the Czech Republic and so far the tour is going well. From Poland we go to France, Germany, Holland, Ireland and then the UK.
“This year we have more video material with some psychedelic themes, a redesigned light show, the inflatables and quadraphonic surround sound.”
Some of the venues on the tour are in theatres and some in arenas, but apparently the size of the venue doesn’t detract from the shows.
“No,” asserts Jason, “we have a capable crew who can get as much of the show in as possible.
All that may happen is that we might not be able to fit all the inflatables in!”
From humble beginnings in Australia, TAPFS now boast worldwide tickets sales of over three million.
But having now out-Floyded Floyd in almost every aspect of the show, what happens next?
“There’s always the problem of what to do next,”
“We could perhaps pay tribute to another album like we did with Dark Side a few years ago; we could do different themes – say the Syd Barratt years etc.
“Our plans vary from year to year, but for this year we are looking at doing some summer shows, plus we hope to do a lot more in America; we had a very successful tour there in 2011 and we are going back later this year.
“And we are taking footage during the tour and we hope to put together a documentary DVD.”
n The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be performing Pink Floyd’s classic songs at Southampton Guildhall on Tuesday, Bournemouth International Centre the day after, and The Anvil, Basingstoke, on April 3 and 4.