PEKING Duk's Reuben Styles knows when you label your concerts as the "Biggest Tour Ever" you leave yourself with an impossible task for the sequel.
The Canberra electronic duo are cooling their heels after successfully delivering their grandest tour to date, which included a show at Wests NEX in April.
It wasn't purely Peking Duk's biggest tour in terms of dates. It was also their first entirely live tour. The days of merely playing DJ sets were over. Peking Duk wanted to showcase themselves as a high-energy live act.
"We shouldn't have really done that because now we have to one-up our previous tour and that's what we've done since day dot," Styles joked.
"Our first tour in 2010-11, I'm guessing, we played at King Street [Hotel] in Newcastle and it was just two dudes and a set of decks, not even an microphone.
"Then we incorporated a dancer, slowly brought in live vocalists and some live elements and a couple of years ago it turned into an entirely live show. Now it's a live show with the confetti, strobes and guests.
"I don't know where we go from here? We've kind of shot ourselves in the foot by setting our bar almost ludicrously high. We might have to go the other way."
The result meant some mistakes were made, but Styles said people enjoyed it because it provided a "human experience."
"When they see someone play live they don't want to see a DJ press play at a set of decks, they want to see the people play the music they enjoy," he said.
Following the end of the tour in May, Peking Duk began a six-month break to recharge and write music.
Styles and bandmate Adam Hyde will briefly pause their sabbatical to perform at This That music festival in Newcastle in November, their only live band show of the next six months.
"On our recent tour it was very clear that Newcastle was more primed than anyone else for some of the bigger tunes with the bigger bass," Styles said. "Everyone was ready to have a good time.
"Coming back to This That was a no-brainer for us."
Since releasing their ARIA No.5 single High in 2014 and winning best Best Dance Release at the ARIA Awards, Peking Duk have continued to drop popular singles like Take Me Over, Stranger and Sugar, featuring Jack River.
But fans are yet to hear a debut album, despite talk the record was initially primed for release in 2018.
"We have written a lot of songs and it is probably time to put out an album," he said.
"We're looking at an entirely new way of writing tunes and I'm not sure if the old ones will sound like the new ones or whether we should do something that's a mixture of all the things we've done lately or do it separately with work that sounds and feels similar, so it resonates as that particular album."
Will those older unused songs ever be released?
"Everything is in the vault, there's a chance we'll let some of it see the light of day," he said.
"We might give it to other artists."
Peking Duk play This That at Wickham Park on November 9.