Think of the first series of Queer as Folk and Michael walking through the backroom with a slow hallucinogenic chant of Sexy Boy in the background – ring any bells? Well, AIR were the masterminds behind that beguiling song.
The French duo is coming to Australia to perform at the V Festival in Sydney on Saturday 29 March as well as a sideshow at the Sydney Opera House on April 7 and 8.
It’s going to be like the classic show of AIR. We will play all our popular tracks and there will be five on stage which means that we will be really playing with no programming, AIR band member Jean-Beno?Dunckel told SSO.
At the Sydney Opera House we are going to play more intimate songs and special slow tracks we don’t play at festivals. At the festival we will play the big hits but for the show it’s more for the fans and what they like.
We are definitely going to play Sexy Boy at the show because it’s a song that many remember us for.
AIR’s track Photography which featured on new hit show Gossip Girl, is also a major fan favourite.
Dunckel laughed about the song because he said it was about the story of God being the son of a human being and seeking autographs from famous people.
But those unaware of the group’s sound or reputation shouldn’t shy away from taking a risk and grabbing a ticket.
AIR’s music is a concoction of electronica blended with more than a hint of acid and studio instruments. Inevitably they leave their audiences breathless, amazed and cheering for another hour or two of music.
AIR’s fifth album Pocket Symphony was released last year and features the likes of Neil Hannon and Jarvis Cocker.
The album also demonstrates the band’s love of achieving different sounds with the use of the koto -“ Japanese floor harp -“ and the shamisen.
Dunckel said Australian audiences should prepare for an amazing show because they are not going to let their local fans down.
They will share the emotions on the record, many have had sex to our music or even fallen in love, he said.
And the audience wants that emotion back when we play for them. When you do a song, one pure emotion is enough for people to go back and remember you.
For more information on the V Festival visit www.vfestival.com.au