The Sydney pair have just released their self-titled debut EP on the French imprint.
Alongside their well-known Like Woah! material—which has been released locally by Bang Gang 12-Inches—the duo made their first high-profile Ted & Francis appearance on the Maison 6 compilation, with the track "I Wish I Was a Polar Bear." The pair toured nationally earlier this year, but more Australian gigs are on the way, along with proposed European dates in September.
The EP is out in Australia through Kitsuné/etcetc, joining them to the likes of Beni (Riot In Belgium/Bang Gang DJs), Pnau and Lost Valentinos as Australians with releases on the French imprint.
Congratulations on finishing up the EP. It's been out digitally for a while now—how has the feedback been?
Yeah, it's been out a few weeks now in Europe and [is now out] in Australia. The feedback so far has been great, actually. There have been positive comments about the EP on various blogs, magazines etc, which is always great. Still early days, though, so we'll see how it goes.
You've been aligned with Kitsuné for a while now, but, for those who don't know, how did your relationship with the label come about?
Our relationship with Kitsuné goes back to the early Like Woah! days. Gildas Loaec contacted us, enquiring about what we were doing with our tunes—at that point we had signed to Bang Gang 12-Inches. We kept in contact with Gildas and eventually met up with him while he was on tour in Australia, [which was] a few years back. When the concept of Ted & Francis and starting a band was clear in our heads, we basically sent over "Erlend" and "I Wish I Was a Polar Bear" and things moved pretty quickly from that. They are a really great label and the perfect match for what we wish to achieve with Ted & Francis.
They're a hugely influential imprint—what was it like dealing with them? Did you feel any extra pressure, or was it business as usual? Were they very involved in the recording process, or was it a matter of simply sending them the masters at the end of the day?
We are perfectionist beyond belief, basically, and it does take us a fairly long time to work on our music, as we are constantly revising and changing stuff round. So, basically, the process was us sending over the final masters, and that's about it. We kept Kitsuné in on the loop of hearing the various versions of the tunes along the way, so they could hear the progress of them. In terms of dealing with them as a label, it has been nothing but amazing. They have great faith in their artists, and let them have the freedom they need to reach the final product—we couldn't ask for anything more, really.
Most people would know you guys from your Like Woah! material. When and why did you decide to explore the Ted & Francis avenue? Have you found that this down-tempo, more melodic production has completely taken over, or have you still been keeping in touch with the Like Woah! stuff?
Ted & Francis has been something we have been playing around with, funnily enough, before we actually began work as Like Woah! We, basically, met in high school and shared a love for indie pop music and initially began working on more bandy material. It was around this period that we were also introduced to the whole beginning of electro through labels such as DFA, Output and Kitsuné. I guess we found a way to merge our more traditional way or writing music with more club friendly elements and that's how Like Woah! was born.
It probably took a good year after this, though, before the concept of Ted & Francis was fully developed as something we wished to properly pursue. Working under two names though for us is quite perfect, because each project has its own unique sound, and, for that reason, neither one takes over from the other. Saying that, though, the Ted & Francis material usually takes longer to work on due to the extra production required for recording instruments, vocals, etc.
Maison 6 featured "I Wish I Was A Polar Bear" Did you have any doubts about using this track to initially showcase T & F internationally?
"I Wish I Was a Polar Bear" was one track which had been sitting around for a long time, and we really weren't sure what to do with it. It is the only track of ours which bridges the sound between Like Woah! and Ted & Francis. If anything, yes, we were very hesitant to have this song as the initial showcase for the band, as we were worried it wouldn't fully show people exactly what Ted & Francis was about. Gildas had great faith in it, though, and said that while it wasn't the most "us" song, it was a perfect introduction for Ted & Francis. We're very glad, though, that we trusted Kitsuné, as it has already shown people the diversity of our sound.
What's next? Any more T&F touring? Like Woah! production?
Our main focus for now is touring Ted & Francis with our full band, and working on our T&F album (coming hopefully soon!). We're planning on coming over to Europe around September, as well, for a full tour. We're also working towards another Like Woah! 12-inch through Bang Gang 12-Inches.