When Scene connects to Architecture In Helsinkiâ€™s Cameron Bird heâ€™s in Los Angeles. Itâ€™s appropriate, given the history of success the Melburnians have in the United States.
Itâ€™s the bandâ€™s second visit to the US in just six months, but thatâ€™s not necessarily due to demand. Indeed, the extended period AIH took to release their latest album, â€˜Moment Bendsâ€™, saw them slip from public view to a certain extent, and now theyâ€™re feverishly working to reintroduce themselves to Stateside audiences. â€œI think going away for four years wasnâ€™t really great for us here,â€ Bird laughs. â€œFour years is almost like a generation now. We definitely went off the radar for a little bit, but we still have a really strong core audience. Itâ€™s always awesome playing here; our shows have always been great. I think we were popular in America before we were in Australia, so we definitely feel slightly indebted to Americans.â€
Not that it should be interpreted that AIH are slumming it. Bird and his bandmates are natural travellers and seem to coexist peacefully on the road. â€œWe play plenty of shows, and thereâ€™s not a lot of darkness on tour. We definitely get along and I think you just learn how to cope with being away so much and travelling so much. Itâ€™s probably meant that weâ€™ve all aged prematurely, but we definitely still have fun touring. We really enjoy that connection you make with the audience â€“ itâ€™s a good thing.â€
The band have notched up 100 shows this year, and are now looking forward to getting back to Australia in a month for some well-earned rest before the summer festival season kicks off proper with the Big Day Out. â€œI grew up driving from country New South Wales down to Melbourne to go to the Big Day Out with my friends,â€ Bird explains. â€œSo for us to play, it is totally a dream come true. Weâ€™re definitely already thinking about how we can make it a good tour for us and what weâ€™re going to do differently and what new things we can try. We look upon playing this tour as a big deal or bigger deal than any festival show in Australia. Weâ€™re super excited to be doing it, for sure.â€
ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI PLAY THE BIG DAY OUT, GOLD COAST PARKLANDS, JANUARY 22. BIGDAYOUT.COM