Confidence Man: ‘For those who’re not going to bop, get off the dance ground. It pisses me off’

One of probably the most Googled questions on Confidence Man is whether or not Janet Planet and Sugar Bones are siblings, or a pair. The extrovert singers, innocently sipping their coffees throughout the desk from me, each actually have dramatic dance strikes and playful vogue of their DNA, and a love for efficiency that clearly goes past their dwell reveals.

Fairly generally, you’ll learn that Planet and one other band member, Reggie Goodchild, are siblings. However as we speak, Planet and Bones insist that it’s they who’re brother and sister – although instantly the reality of that’s hurled within the air.

“We wish to maintain them guessing,” Planet admits. “Somebody within the band is my fiance and somebody is my brother. From time to time we wish to flip it up, change who it’s.”

I meet Planet and Bones in a Fitzroy North cafe in Melbourne; their publicist has beseeched me to not publish their actual names, regardless of these being simply discovered on the web. It’s unclear if all this thriller comes from a real want for privateness, or simply excessive playfulness. Their new album, Tilt, was even launched on April idiot’s day.

“I don’t even know if we’re joking any extra,” Planet says.

What we do know for positive is Confidence Man shaped in Brisbane in 2016, made up of 4 associates who’ve additionally served in different bands: the Belligerents, Moses Gunn Collective and the Jungle Giants. Once they launched their debut album, Assured Music for Assured Individuals, in 2018, it grew to become clear this mission was no aspect hustle: their outlandish costumes (designed by Planet), choreographed routines and bossy lyrics convey down the home at festivals world wide, from Australia’s Splendour within the Grass to Spain’s Primavera Sound.

Bones says their extrovert personas give their audiences permission to let go and take part. With their shared love of OTT performers corresponding to Grace Jones, Róisín Murphy, David Byrne and the Prodigy, that’s the band’s final mission.

“I’m at all times the chick on the wedding ceremony going full throttle,” Planet says of her power on stage. “The variety of instances I’ve gone as much as randoms and stated, when you’re not going to bop, get off the dancefloor. Pissing me off … You’ve bought to totally commit.”

Throughout lockdown, the band moved in collectively and created a membership of their again yard in Thornbury: the Fuck Bunker, a celebration pad tricked out with a spray-painted signal, lights, audio system and a smoke machine. It was in these climes that the dancefloor denizens recorded Tilt, their second album, within the laundry of their share home; the vocal sales space was a cabinet inside which Planet would shut her head.

“We’d take heaps of mushrooms and dance round, and hearken to the tracks we had been writing,” says Planet. “The neighbours hated us.”

Vacation by Confidence Man.

As you may think, the vibe is sheer escapism: the album’s first single, Holiday, is a banger with an earworm vocal about gettin’ paid and gettin’ excessive, perfected by a video wherein the band grooves in a sizzling air balloon. Planet dances in an animal-print halter prime and sizzling pants, an epic dawn behind her, whereas Sugar Bones, who shares vocals and shape-throwing duties, is in a billowing open shirt, 90s boyband type.

The band are severe anglophiles, so signing to Heavenly Recordings in 2017 and having their tracks remixed by Andrew Weatherall was a dream. Within the 90s, Heavenly launched albums not 1,000,000 miles from the Confidence Man sound, corresponding to these by Saint Etienne and Flowered Up, and the label’s founder Jeff Barrett placed on early gigs by their heroes Primal Scream.

Bones thinks the band’s absurdist humour clicks with the Brits. Whereas touring the UK, they discovered themselves partying with new followers U2 and Noel Gallagher. They’ll return to the UK in Might, slotting in a serious efficiency at Glastonbury. Australia has its flip in August, however there’ll be a teaser on the Melbourne Grand Prix subsequent week.

Bones calls the costumes and personas “a performance factor” as they “needed [Confidence Man] to be its personal mission”. Whereas Planet and Bones dominate the stage, fellow band members Goodchild and Clarence McGuffie lurk on the again, their identities hid by costumes that appear to be a cross between a beekeeper swimsuit and one thing you’d put on to a funeral. It’s a surreal impact and likewise unnerving; foil to the bubbly sugar pop up entrance. “We rapidly realised that them sinisterly sitting within the backdrop whereas we strut round is visually fairly highly effective,” Bones says.

It’s not unusual for Bones and Planet to see elaborate dressed clones bopping again at them within the viewers, however the devotees could have bother maintaining with Planet’s more and more outrageous costume adjustments, together with fits with motorised shoulders.

“We need to get some snakeskin stuff going,” says Bones, no much less obsessed with showmanship. Once they had been youngsters, the pair would go clubbing in Brisbane (“Ecstasy was simply kicking in – good instances”) and in school they choreographed routines to the Spice Ladies’ Wannabe, albeit individually (each had been Posh Spice).

The sheer spectacle of Confidence Man, and the personas, makes them ripe for a Monkees-style sequence or a Jackson 5-era cartoon present. Maybe appearing is on the playing cards, since they uploaded to their YouTube channel a faux press conference wherein the band are the haughty new faces of a drink known as Tilt. Is {that a} touch upon promoting out?

“I really feel like everybody in indie music takes their artwork very significantly and we’ve at all times gone within the alternate path to that,” says Planet. “I don’t see why indie musicians can’t promote out too. All we want now’s the chance!”

If the band can allure extra money, relaxation assured the sky is the restrict: Planet and Bones bounce round future concepts involving dancing horses and illusionists.

“We got here up with the sickest thought for a movie clip the opposite day however we had been instructed we might solely get six bunnies as a substitute of 100,” Planet mourns.

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