Every day of my life I go down to Everyday Coffee and get a coffee. I’m pretty sure this is the reason I will never buy a house but Nescafe Gold just doesn’t tick the box for me anymore. There’s a guy who works at Everyday called Chris Deburrg, he’s one of the reasons I go down because he’s a really nice guy and always has a smile on his face. We’d been chatting to and fro about Shaky Hands and music etc etc and he casually mentioned he plays with Jess Locke, an artist we’d been wanting to shoot for a long while. It was an exciting time.
Jess and Chris live in a rambling Footscray home on a quiet street that faces a park, so it feels like they live on 10 acres that they kindly share with rollerbladers and horrific basketball players. It’s always nice to go to Footscray and channel some Good Boy Bontempelli Energies, gives you a little pep in your step. When I arrived the two of them were cooking up something good in the kitchen, throwing spices around like Ainsley Harriott and generally having a good time. It came as no surprise that Jess is a legend, she’s personable and funny and has a unique perception on the world. You can hear it in her music, tongue-in-cheek lyrics that at first listen sound dark but somehow bring a wry smile to your face (“I feel better when I’m watching other people suffer”).
We had lunch out in the park and talked shop, a bloke spent too long trying to ollie on a penny board which was our free lunchtime entertainment. Post lunch I got a tour of the house that Jess and Chris share with Smith Street Band’s Michael Fitzgerald, who recorded Jess’ upcoming album. The studio is a tiny little room on the second floor where all the magic happens: writing, playing and fixing guitar pedals. We spent a little while hanging out before I sadly had to hit the old frog and toad.
A huge thanks to Jess for having me, and of course for the delicious lunch, I had a ball!
Ps Jess’ new album ‘Universe’ comes out October 20 so keep your ears to the ground!