Recently, The Easybeats were celebrated with the release of a tribut EP entitled REBEAT. The album features some of the country’s favourite soul, indie and dance/electro artists.
But what has it meant for the artists involved in recreating the likes of “Friday On My Mind” and “Good Times”? Crossing over generations, you’d assume that a band such as The Easybeats may not hold as much reverence with the likes of KLP or San Cisco in today’s Australian pop climate, but actually, it’s the opposite.
“My dad actually worked as a songwriter at Alberts with Vanda & Young,” KLP notes. “[It was] kind of after Easybeats era, but it still meant I grew up listening to a lot of similar music.”
“It was always about the songs, melodies, lyrics, stories – so I constantly had music focusing on that around me.”
For KLP, the experience of working on The Easybeats’ “Good Times” provided some more personal moments.
“It was about the process of being able to re-create a classic song and work on it with my dad, as he played bass guitar for me.” – Jordi Davieson
The Impact The Easybeats had on Australian music at the time was nothing short of momentous.
“As one of the early Australian pop acts that were writing their own music, they definitely put Australian music on the map. Also being before the internet it is impressive to see how much of an impact they made on an international level.”
Davieson explains how the process made San Cisco further appreciate the songwriting craft.
“It was very interesting spending time learning and breaking down the song.” he says. “Understanding how all of the intricacies come together to form such a well written pop song was a great exercise. The song arrangement, chord progressions and melody are very different to anything we usually do as a band. I think overall, it was a great learning experience for us.”