Introducing Byron Bay Country-Pop Trio The Buckleys

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Australian sibling country-pop trio, The Buckleys' debut album is titled 'Daydream'. Australian sibling country-pop trio, The Buckleys' debut album is titled 'Daydream'.

Self-described as 'hippie country', Byron Bay sibling three-piece The Buckleys present a collection of sun-kissed country, indie pop songs on their debut album 'Daydream'.

Already owners of four Top 10 Australian Country Airplay charting singles: 'Daydream' (#1), 'I'm Comin' For Ya (Love)' (#3), 'Money' (#2) and 'Breathe' (#3), The Buckleys are Sarah (20), Molly (17) and Lachlan (19).

Produced and engineered by multi Grammy Award winner Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood), The Buckleys worked with established country writers Emily Shackleton (Carly Peace), JT Harding (Blake Shelton, Keith Urban), Marty Dodson (Kenny Chesney) and Jennifer Hanson (Billy Currington) on 'Daydream'.

"When the three of us get together," begins Sarah, "we love putting smiles on people's faces and seeing them dancing and having a great time.

"Music is so powerful and making people happy and making memories is definitely a place that we want to be."

Who is... The Buckleys consists of Sarah (lead vocals, guitar, bass), Lachlan (Electric guitar, slide guitar) and myself - Molly (vocals, mandolin, keyboard, percussion); we're siblings and have been playing music together our whole lives.

We sound like… Categorising our sound is something we've always found a bit difficult to do considering we love listening to various types of music from country/ country pop, rock & roll, blues, funk, hip hop and many more. A term that best describes our sound is 'hippie country'. - Lachlan

Our first gig was... One of our first gigs was actually at a rockabilly festival where we played in a parade on the back of a flat-top truck with a bunch of rockabilly dancers dancing around us on the truck!

We played old '60s songs by folks like Elvis and had such a great time. We were so young, I was probably about 11 years old. - Sarah

When did you settle on the group's name, and was it a unanimous decision…
Well, our last name is Buckley so it was a pretty easy decision. We didn't have to get too creative with it and we couldn't think of anything else. - Molly

In the studio we usually...
Experiment and try to create something that is truly new and fresh. We always want to try to push the boundaries and capture everything we're feeling in that moment.

Translating those feelings and ideas, I guess is the challenge – and we love it! - Sarah

If we could tour with anyone...
I would love to tour with someone like Harry Styles. We're obsessed with his new album. - Sarah

Social media is... A great platform to build connections. I feel like everyone has embraced social media during this pandemic because it's really the only way to reach people right now.

When shows started getting cancelled and everything was getting shutdown we went on a virtual world tour, which really hadn't been done before, so it opened our eyes to so many new opportunities that can all be accomplished virtually. - Molly

My favourite app at the moment is (why?)...
Favourite app would have to be 8ball pool – I'm an absolute beast at it! I dare you to 1v1 me. - Lachlan

To date, our most embarrassing moment was the time...
We were special guests on a livestream via Zoom, broadcasted on Facebook.

For some reason there was a three-minute delay, so they would ask us questions and on our side of the screen was what we were doing three minutes earlier, and there was no way to stop it or respond because of the horrible delay.

I think they asked us a serious question and on our screen was us dancing to our song 'Money', which they were playing three minutes earlier. We were a combination of freaking out and cracking up laughing, watching us be completely out of sync with what the interviewer was saying and talking to us. - Sarah

Life on the road can be…
We love touring and being on the road, so there's really not much we can complain about at all. It's one of our favourite things to do – travel, meeting new people, doing what we love. - Sarah

If you'll have us on your bill, all we ask is that our rider contains...
We don't really have anything interesting on our rider. I was recently reading about the most interesting, weird riders by artists and it was so funny.

Maybe you can help us think of something wild and ridiculous. - Sarah

The most scary scenario I've found myself in, was...
 at Movie World. I faint on roller coasters and for some reason, I thought the Scooby Doo ride wasn't a roller coaster.

Dylan (our little brother) and I waited in line for about two hours since it was the only ride I could actually go on. Long story short, we got to the point where this elevator takes you up and we kept going higher and higher, so I was a little confused.

Then I heard all these deadly screams. I came to find out it's one of the biggest roller coasters there. Oh yeah, and it's pitch black so you have no concept of what's down, up, sideways etc. Rock & roll baby! - Molly

What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be spokesperson of the band (why?)...
Hmm, probably Debbie Harry.

She's really one of the women in the music industry that paved the way for other women to come through, and not just in the punk-rock scene but the music industry and pop culture as a whole. We're so inspired by her. - Molly

If you had to live in a city abroad, where would you choose and why?
Nashville is like our second home. I've lived there on and off for months at a time over the past few years.

I love it – the songwriting community is like a family and there is so much creativity and music happening all the time, all day, every day of the week! - Sarah

Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party?
If I could choose anyone in history, I'd say Freddie Mercury because he is just one of my all-time favourite icons I look up to as a songwriter, entertainer and singer – it doesn't get much better than Freddie!

Ella Fitzgerald would be so incredible to talk to – she'd have so many incredible stories, I'm sure. That whole 'golden age' in Hollywood must have been absolutely wild. Her life story would be so fascinating to learn about.

And finally, Taylor Swift would be so great to have a conversation with. Her journey, career and coming up through the music industry as a young woman with all the challenges and triumphs would be amazing to hear about. - Sarah

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
I would probably cook a massive feed of scrambled eggs with melted cheese, herbs, pepper, mushrooms and spinach. You just wait until you get this meal in your belly! - Lachlan

No matter the expense, send me a case of…
Fruit. - Lachlan

The last time I saw the inside of a gym was...
I haven't seen a gym in over a year! I can't wait to go to a gym again. In the meantime, I've been working out at home. - Sarah

What's the one chore you dislike the most?
Cleaning the toilet. Honestly, who likes cleaning the toilet? - Lachlan

Do you have any phobias... please explain?
I have a really weird thing with tiny puddles of water, especially in the bathroom after someone takes a shower or washes their hands. If I touch one of the water droplets, it's game over. - Molly

Would you ever partake in a reality show?
Haha, I was raised on Scotty and his ninjas from 'Prank Patrol' and 'Punked', so I feel like a pranking show would be so good. - Molly

If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down?
I would probably take down my friend who is freaked out about other people touching his hair; I think I might spray paint it pink. - Lachlan



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