The Presets have long been known for their popular electro sound and inimitable party sets. Their new album Apocalypso is proof the boys have come a long way since their Club 77 days.

The band is set to tour the country this winter with a show scheduled for the Enmore Theatre on Monday 23 June -“ but hurry because the gig is almost sold out.

Lead singer Julian Hamilton said the long time between albums is due to their tour schedule.

When it came to making the record it was really very quick, he said. We got a bunch of ideas together and we finished the album in three to four months.

The new album is an indication that the boys have matured not only musically but mentally as the themes of the tracks are representative of the broad range of issues having an impact on today’s society.

We wanted to make a party record that represents bleak times. The title I guess can be translated as a party at the end of world. It’s quite stark but fun as well, Hamilton said.

To be honest it comes down to when it was written. Without getting too political this album was written at the end of the Howard era. That was a bleak time for a lot of people and for us we thought at times it was the end of the world.

We wanted to make a record that said, -˜You know what, we can still screw who we want and still party when we want.’ It was a party record for these bleak times.

The new single This Boy’s In Love can be interpreted as a song about the conflict of two homosexual males dealing with their inner adversities.

The track has this cold techno element but still has a pop song inside it, Hamilton said.

We got the pitches for the video and one said two male models fighting in this pool of milk and a lot of people said, -˜Gosh, it’s going to be very homoerotic.’

We thought, no, we could make it classical and a really beautiful clip like an old Renaissance painting. We didn’t want to make it too camp or over the top.

In between Australian shows the boys will be heading to America and all over Europe to headline at various music festivals. But regardless of where they are playing the group is always thankful for the support of Australia’s gay and lesbian community.

The community has been a strong supporter of us over the years, Hamilton said.

When we first started, a lot of the gay clubs in Sydney and overseas were the first to really book us. We make music for people who want to party.

Thank you for embracing us from the beginning and it’s not forgotten. Some of the best parties we have played at are the gay ones and we are so appreciative of the support.

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