Four young ladies from Sydney have been making a name for themselves recently, even if it is a name they thought would only be temporary.
The story behind the band name for All Our Exes Live In Texas is actually quite funny. “We had to come up with a name pretty quickly after a friend asked us to perform a half hour set,” reflected Hannah Crofts. “We didn’t know we would be staying together as a band so we googled ‘worst country song titles’ thinking that would be funny to use.”
Aside from ‘All Our Exes Live in Texas’, some of the other names in the running included ‘You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly’ and ‘Her Teeth Were Stained But Her Heart Was Pure’, who knows how the ladies careers would have panned out had they chosen one of these instead.
Since these early days the band’s reputation has gone from strength to strength, seeing them play alongside some remarkable artists and groups.
“We’ve played with such a mixture of people it’s actually hilarious,” explained Hannah. “We played arena shows with the Backstreet Boys, who I was obsessed with when I was 13 and 14, so that was a dream come true. Then this year we got to support Nathaniel Ratliff and The Night Sweats, someone I’ve listened to twice a day since getting their record early, so I was beside myself when that opportunity came about.”
While checking off dream gigs such as these are momentous occasions for the band, a true goal has always been to release an album. Now thanks to their new record label ABC Music the ladies have had that opportunity after two long years writing and recording.
“The ABC team is a small team but they’re all really hard working and they love our music so we’re really excited to have signed with them,” said Hannah. “It’s also very exciting for my parents because it’s something they can point at and say ‘oh my god she’s on a record label and doing something with her life!’”
To celebrate this moment the band are continuing to work incredibly hard, touring around the country and world, with a show in Sydney next week. This show will be an extra special one as they will be performing in their home town with a full band for the very first time.
“A lot of these songs were written with a full band in mind so you’ll get to hear the album to its fullest, and we really couldn’t be prouder of these songs,” added Hannah. (JA)
Oct 13, 8pm. Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. $20+b.f. Tickets & info: www.oxfordartfactory.com