Reid: Gerling Not Looking Back
News posted Thursday, July 28 2011 at 03:00 PM.
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The trio went on hiatus in 2007 following the release of the Ethan Johns-produced 4, and haven’t looked back since. Darren Cross now divides his time between electro project The E.L.F and surf rock act Betty Airs, Paul Towner (aka Presser) dabbles in collage, while Burke Reid has become Australia’s producer de jour, working on recent records by Gareth Liddiard, Jack Ladder, The Mess Hall and Liam Finn.
In a soon-to-be published interview with M+N, Reid said they’re all too busy “doing our own thing” to consider a comeback.
“I think when we left it, it was a good place to leave it,” Reid said. I don’t know if Gerling is really one of those bands [to reunite]. It was a really fantastic, special time. But the way we came to the end of its road, the car stopped and it was a good landscape to look back on. Rather than try to see if you can get a few more miles out of the fumes left. It’s more exciting now for all of us, going forward rather than trying to go back.”
Currently back in his native Canada – he’s shifted to Toronto indefinitely with his girlfriend – Reid spent an hour on Skype with M+N contributor Doug Wallen. He discussed mixing recent albums by Ghoul and Seekae; stumbling upon the Yass estate where Liddiard and Jack Ladder recorded Strange Tourist and Hurtsville, respectively; and how he stitched together The Drones’ ‘Your Acting's Like the End of the World’ from different sessions.