Bonnaroo 2014: Australia's The Preatures on Straddling Two Countries, Recording Debut Album (Video)

 Misha Vladimirskiy
 The Preatures hang out backstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 11, 2014 in Indio, California.

It's a wonder that the Preatures are standing up straight. The Sydney quintet has been hopping back and forth between Australia and the U.S. constantly of late, promoting their 2013 EP "Is This How You Feel?", which will get an American release August 9 via Universal Australia, out here, then whisking away back home to work some more on their forthcoming debut album, which they've been recording with the help of Spoon drummer Jim Eno and is slated for a fall 2014 release.

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"It's been a really big year for us," frontwoman and keyboardist Isabella Manfredi tells Billboard backstage at Bonnaroo, the band's first time at the Manchester fest. "We've been trying to find time to work on the record, but because the EP's just come out here, we've kind of been one foot in, one foot out.

"I think [Jim] learned more from us than we learned from him," she jokes -- but not before the entire group does their best imitations of Eno. "We'd teach him a lot of Australian idioms and sayings during our time together. He actually named his publishing company Top to Tail, after [the Australian idiom for 'from beginning to end']."

"When you start making music, especially when you're younger, you hope for this extraordinary life, and then you get that extraordinary life and all you want is a good coffee, or some kind of routine," Manfredi says. "I feel like I've regressed back [sic] to my parents, or something. I thought that that would be a mentality that I would have far, far in the future. I never thought it would be like 'Ugh, I just want to go to sleep before 10 tonight, can we make that happen?' It's quite sad. Can I just watch 'Law and Order' and just chill out for a bit?"

Those chill-out moments are going to be few and far between in the foreseeable future: next week, the Preatures will be heading to Europe to tour through June, then will head home to finish the record -- and then head back to the States, "hopefully in November," for a proper U.S. tour. Watch more performances and interviews from Bonnaroo this weekend below. 

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