The Preatures Share the Musical Influences Behind New Album 'Girlhood' - Beat Magazine

The Preatures Share the Musical Influences Behind New Album ‘Girlhood’

Australia is a content currently packed with amazing bands (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have been ruling our world on the daily for awhile now), one of those amazing bands is Sydney’s The Preatures. The band are set to release their second full length offering, Girlhood, on Friday 11th August so we asked vocalist slash keyboardist Isabella ‘izzi’ Manfredi to share some of the musical inspiration behind the new album.

Parquet Courts ‘Human Performance’

“We’ve been Parquet Courts fans ever since ‘Master of My Craft’. They have a great attitude to songwriting; fully present. Humans imitating machines, our track ‘Girlhood’ was trying to push that.”

Divinyls ‘Science Fiction’

“All the Divinyls songs have a different character and emotional colour. Great arrangements. The way Chrissy performs has always been a huge inspiration to me.”

Royal Headache ‘My Own Fantasy’

“My favourite contemporary Aus band up there with Bad Dreems. I love Shogun’s voice – all heart – and his honesty as a frontman.”

Mina ‘Se Telefonando’

“Written by Ennio Morricone for Mina’s 8 octave range. Just a sublime chorus. One of my favourite songs of all time.”

The Sunnyboys ‘Let You Go’

“Pete Oxley, the Sunnyboys’ bassist, was a friend of my dad when I was a kid. We used to go eat at his pizzeria. I had no idea his band would be such a huge influence on me. Pete’s brother Jeremy Oxley is one of Australia’s best guitarists – up there with Mark Macentee (Divinyls) and Ed Kuepper (the Saints) for me. Deceptively happy songs about a dark turn of mind.”

Gladys Knight & the Pips

“I reckon Gladys Knight could turn a song about ham sandwiches into a transcendental experience. Powerhouse voice backed by a killer band and I love the all-male BVs.”

Bad Dreems ‘Hoping For’

“We first saw Baddies in Adelaide and took them on tour with us. We’ve become good friends since and their songwriting just gets better and better. I love the way they pull apart Australian masculinity and lay it out in all its vulnerability, vulgarity and violence.”

Madonna ‘Like a Prayer’

“I won’t hear a bad word about Madonna. The woman is a great songwriter. ‘Like a Prayer’ is a tribute to Gospel and the creative spirit.”