The Stress of Leisure is a band with four people in it. All of the people in the band reside in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia). Ian Powne (guitar/vocals) is joined by the femme-attack of Pascalle Burton (keys/synths), Jane Elliott (bass) and Jessica Moore (drums).
The band was formed by Powne, who plays guitar and sings. Powne initially wrote the moniker on his home recordings, later graduating to record the first full-length album (Self-Titled) released in 2006. The discography of The Stress of Leisure can be broken up into two parts; the first three albums being pretty much like solo albums, and from Cassowary (2012) onwards it has been a more collaborative band approach. In fact, Sex Time (2011) feels like the band’s first single.
Like all the best bands, The Stress of Leisure is a party band in the art-school mould. Imagine a Brisbane backyard full of misfits dancing and sweating their hearts out. It’s Queensland post-punk and irreverent as all hell. Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ describes the band as “off-kilter dancefloor filler.”
The latest release Eruption Bounce (2017) is the sixth album released and sees the quartet really having a lot of fun with what they do – essentially more songs about buildings, food and the internet. It finds the band yearning for positivity in complicated times.
When legendary Australian musician Dave Graney describes you as “weird and freaky in the most positive ways, joyous and gleeful, a beacon of creativity”, you know you must be doing something right.