Clubfeet will perform at Transit Bar on February 14.

Clubfeet will perform at Transit Bar on February 14.

Melbourne's Clubfeet started making waves in 2011 with their first record Gold on Gold, and since then they've been hard at work touring, travelling and recording their latest album Heirs & Graces.

For those not in the know, Clubfeet's catchy, synth-pop sound is often compared with Cut Copy and Hot Chip, and it's proving very popular both here and abroad. Their single Heartbreak (featuring Chela) was one of Triple J's most played songs in 2012, and they supported Alpine on their sold-out national tour.

Vocalist and keyboardist Montgomery Cooper says the past few years have been a wild ride for the band, who very suddenly went from recording songs in their lounge rooms and uploading them to MySpace to being signed by New York electronics label Plant Music. ''It kind of just started to build a momentum that we didn't really plan or have any control over,'' he says. ''So then we thought we better get our act together and start playing some shows!''

They were whisked off to play the CMJ Music Festival in New York City, and against all odds were named one of the top 10 bands of the festival, from a line-up of thousands of international acts. ''We were playing shows with lots of bands that we're now really good friends with and, you know, some of the parties we played [at], the Strokes would be there in the crowd, and Danger Mouse, and all these pretty famous American musicians, so that was pretty amazing.''

Cooper reveals that the band has come a long way since recording their first album, and that their sound is really starting to come together on Heirs & Graces. ''The first [record] we threw a lot into every track. We kind of threw the kitchen sink into everything. There's a million melodies and a million parts. Whereas this one, I think, is a bit more of a band record, it's a bit more thoughtfully produced.''

It's been a real labour of love for the band, and the production and recording process has taken them all over the world. ''We self-produced it, so we recorded it by and large in various lounge rooms and houses, some bits and pieces we had to go to friends' studios to record … Some of it we tracked in South Africa, because we went over there for a month last summer and just hung out and focused on trying to get this record finished, and we did some more in New York.''

But Cooper says what really gives the album its polished sound is the fact it was mixed by friend and legendary music producer Victor Van Vugt. ''He's a pretty amazing producer. He did all the Nick Cave records in the '80s, he's done Depeche Mode and Beth Orton … we were really blessed having him mix it.'' As for the title, ''it was kind of a joke we were throwing around … I think we like to entertain the idea of being glamorous Eurotrash, although we're not really in our day-to-day lives. But we like the fantasy of that, and I think Heirs & Graces conjures up that image for us.'' The Eurotrash vibe is evident throughout the whole album, with track names such as Acapulco & LA, Nastassja and Kinski, and infectious beats.

Clubfeet

WHEN: February 14

WHERE: Transit Bar

TICKETS: Moshtix