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The Presets play intimate Brisbane show

The Presets performing at The Tivoli in Brisbane.
The Presets performing at The Tivoli in Brisbane. Channel V

EVERY once in a while, an act maintains the respect of the underground while breaking down the door of the mainstream.

The Presets are one of the few bands who have managed to walk the tight rope of success while keeping their artistic credibility intact.

Such an achievement is only reserved for musicians as mind blowingly talented at The Presets. 

With a sound prompting images of an underground Berlin dance party, The Presets proved great dance music can be made anywhere.

Gigging for several years on the Sydney club circuit, it wasn't until the release of their multi-platinum sophomore effort Apocolypso that their promise was truly realised.

Apocolypso shot the band into the mainstream consciousness claiming six gongs at the 2008 ARIA awards including the prized Album of the Year.

Recalling his first taste of major success, singer Julian Hamilton said it was an exciting time for the band.

"We finally had what we'd always wanted and that was to be recognised by a big audience," he said.

"It was pretty wild and when you're in it, it's very consuming which makes it hard to sit back and enjoy it all." 

A two-year world tour ensued culminating in a series of sold out arena shows throughout Australia in 2009.

Exhausted, the band took an extended break from music with both members becoming fathers for the first time.

"We took holidays and I built a home studio and gradually began to write music again," Hamilton said.

Rejuvenated from the time away, the band reconvened in 2011 to begin the writing process for their new album, Pacifica.

With some bands opting to hold on to an unreleased hit, Hamilton said he and keyboard/ percussionist Kim Moyes began the Pacifica sessions with a blank canvas.

"Guitar bands seem to write continually when they're on the road but we don't have that luxury," he said.

"We went into the studio with nothing and spent three months coming up with about 40 ideas."

The resulting Pacifica sees the band further expanding on the pop sensibilities hinted at on Apocolypso to provide a slicker more melodic outing this time around.

"We wanted to do something completely new and exciting and I think we've achieved that with Pacifica," Hamilton said.

"We're very proud of the record and it's a good reflection of where we are at right now."

In arriving at a place of contentment, Hamilton said he was driven by his constant search of pure musical bliss.

"I guess as time goes on we just want to use our varied filter of all the music we love, to find the most honest Presets voice that's uniquely original," he said.

Last week's intimate Presets gig at The Tivoli in Brisbane will be televised on Channel V tonight at 4pm Qld, 5pm NSW.

Pacifica is out now.

The Presets will play the Tivoli again on February 16 as part of their 2013 national tour.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow through Ticketek.

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