Peter Bibby is an artist defined by an uninhibited and disarming honesty. 2014’s Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician arrived loaded with some of the finest and forthright confessional songwriting in Australian music. Bibby’s music is true to life, it’s lived as much as written and latest single ‘Medicine’ does little to displace the feeling. Sharing a brief moment with Peter at BIGSOUND the Perth artist shared his thoughts on stalkers, isolation, Tame Impala, and getting ‘filthy’ on his new LP.
Rabbit Radio: What’s the weirdest things that has ever happened during one of your sets?
Peter Bibby: Ah well, a guy who stalked me online for a long time got up on stage one time. And I knew who he was! I did not have much time for that guy and – I’m not one for violence – but I punched him off the stage. To me, that’s probably the weirdest thing that’s ever happened or at least the most uncomfortable thing.
RR: You seem like a gentle kind of guy, so it’s not something that happens a lot I take it?
PB: No, no! That’s the ONLY time it’s ever happened. I don’t often punch people either. But that guy - he deserved it, I promise you!
RR: Your music feels very confessional and biographical. It’s poignant and at times really powerful. Where do you draw your inspiration?
PB: It’s mostly just me and my life. There’s also observations of other stuff, the world around me….
RR: So basically, what’s going on.
PB: [Starts singing Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’]
RR: You’re from Perth but were down in Melbourne for a little while. Where are you right now?
PB: I’m in Brisbane right now!
RR: Living! Where are you living?
PB: Nah I’m living in Perth at the moment. Back in Perth.
RR: You grew up in Perth. What’s your experience of Perth been as a musician? What’s it like to make music there?
PB: It’s beautiful to make music in Perth! You’ve got all that isolation, not much distraction and you can just kind of chill out and focus.
RR: Is isolation a good thing you think?
PB: I find it is… until you need to tour! Then it’s really expensive. So for touring it’s not the greatest but for writing and just honing your craft it’s just pretty amazing. As soon as you get stressed out you can just go and jump in the ocean.
RR: I know you get asked this way too often, but you’ve got your Perth peers -the whole Spinning Top family of bands, the whole Tame Impala thing - these people you’ve been gigging alongside when you were younger who have all of a sudden blown and been placed on a pedestal. Has that affected you as an artist or is it just business as usual?
PB: It’s just business as usual I guess. I’m happy for everyone who is doing really well. I’m pretty happy with how I’m doing too! It’s all just cool, it doesn’t change anything really.
RR: Do you have a favourite Perth act at the moment?
PB: Who did I see the other night that was awesome? Grievous Bodily Calm! They’re really sick.
RR: You dropped your debut album Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician in 2014. How do you look back on it now that nearly 3 years have passed?
PB: I still really like that album. It’s real nice, but I feel a bit bad I haven’t put anything else out since. We’ve been sitting on an album for just over a year.
RR: It sounds like that’s been frustrating for you…
PB: It’s been, to be honest, very frustrating. I’ve got stuff backed up, ready to go y’know?
RR: What can people expect when this new material does end up seeing the light of day?
PB: I guess production wise it’s maybe a little bit slicker. There’s a few more instruments, a few more layers. It’s a little bit…heavier. Not too much. Not as much as the next one will be! It’s getting more dirty and more …
RR: Do you have a trajectory, a cycle of albums or some idea of where you’d like to go with your albums?
PB: Well, only as they’re coming close to creation. But yeah, we’re going to record another one in about three weeks and that is going to be FILTHY. Sonically speaking!
RR: Sonically what is the filthiest album that comes to mind?
PB: Maybe like a Country Teasers album? That’s a BIG question for me, I listen to a lot of filthy music!
Catch Peter Bibby on one of his up coming tour dates below!
6 Oct : Crown and Anchor : Adelaide SA
7 Oct : The Bearded Lady : Brisbane QLD
8 Oct : The Spotted Cow : Toowoomba QLD
12 Oct : Smith's Alternative : Canberra ACT
13 Oct : The Small Ballroom : Newcastle NSW
14 Oct : The Captain Cook Hotel : Paddington NSW
20 Oct : Brisbane Hotel : Hobart TAS
26 Oct : The Eastern : Ballarat VIC
27 Oct : Evelyn Hotel : Fitzroy VIC
29 Oct : St. John's Anglican Church : Fremantle WA
18 Nov : Mojo's Bar : Fremantle WA