Q&A Scene: Grant Hardisty ~ TEMPUS SUN

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

‘Gold’ is all about capturing those feelings of timelessness and bliss and aims to do exactly what its title suggests; evoke moments of euphoria! It draws an irrepressible smile to your face whilst making your heart beat faster. It is pure happiness. Relatable to anyone who gets lost in moments of nostalgia, this song allows you to daydream in your ideal world for a moment of elation.
The album absolutely builds on this, with moments of joy but also lessons we’ve learnt along the way. We simply write about what we are passionate about in the moment and hope our listeners can resonate with this feel-good aura!
We are massively excited to be playing at The Milk Factory in Brisbane on Friday 25th of August followed by Brighton Up Bar in Sydney the following night. We’ll conclude our tour to celebrate the release of our debut self-titled EP on Friday 1st of September at The Evelyn!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Hooh! That’s a hard one considering there are 6 of us in the band and we range from vegans through to Nandos only. So in the interest of keeping everyone happy and as a homage to Shrek, I’m going to say cake. Cake has layers and many flavours. We have more subtleties to be discovered every time you listen and we have a blend of genres!

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

‘Owls’ has had the most feedback from our audiences so far, as it is all about speaking up about mental health. With its message, it has won us two national song-writing competitions including Bank of Melbourne’s Melbourne Music Bank, and couples a positive message of mental with harmonious vocals and uplifting instrumetals. Recently however, we’ve had many tell us they can not stop singing along to our most recent single ‘Gold’ as it just brings a smile to your face with its upbeat energy!

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

I will not name names at the risk of getting in trouble. However, when playing at Beyond the Valley last year, a certain one of us may or may not have had a bad run; including losing some cash, a rather humourous medical anomaly and having an issue with their phone…
I can laugh because it wasn’t me and although at the time they may not have immediately seen the funny side, as soon as we left the festival they said ‘awww I miss it, can we go back?’

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Inspiration is a bit of a funny one, something which can’t be drawn upon when you need it and which pops up at the most inconvenient of times. I think we write from passion first and foremost and we couple this with experiences we can touch on to add the element of reality. Song-writing is a form of communication and is usually just an honest stream of consciousness from one or a few of us. But understanding it’s not something to be switched on and off is important. It’s ok to be unproductive, but spending the time to give yourself space and find clarity is invaluable.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

At the moment I just CANNOT get over one of Gang of Youth’s latest tracks The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows. Just wow. The lyrical honesty of this tune just blows my mind and is like a revelation for me. The constant build and heroic vocals that just burst with euphoria make me want to shout it to the skies. Listen to this and tell me you don’t feel invincible. If you do, you’re lying.

What’s next for you?

Our upcoming tour as outlined above and hoping to head back out on the road again this December! Then we’d love to head in to the studio to put together our debut album some time next year….we sure have a ton of material we need to sort through!
Of course supporting Coldplay wouldn’t be bad? Chris Martin if you are reading….

What’s your scene?

Has to be a live gig, discovering new music that becomes the soundtrack for your year and also gives you new insight into what you could bring to the table in a song-writing sense. You can’t beat gigging live in one of Melbourne’s best venues with your music fam too. Otherwise I don’t mind sitting in the Block Arcade with a good coffo …

It’s been a fast start for the colossal 6-piece from Melbourne, Tempus Sun. Having been thrust dynamically into the heart of the music industry in such a short period of time, a strong foothold within is imminent. Following on from their debut single ‘Owls’, Tempus Sun are ecstatic to release their second single ‘Gold’. Capturing the feelings of timelessness and bliss, ‘Gold’ aims to do exactly what its title suggests; evoke moments of euphoria. After great success across MTV and Rage with their opening music video for ‘Owls’, the accompanying clip for ‘Gold’ draws an irrepressible smile to your face whilst making your heart beat faster. [pullquote] “Tempus Sun are a very promising young talent whose song writing is mature and honest, and I’m excited to see their rise over the coming years” – LANKS [/pullquote]It is pure happiness. Relatable to anyone who gets lost in moments of nostalgia, this song allows you to daydream in your ideal world for a moment of elation. With an ‘Of Monsters and Men’-esque dual lead vocalist element, and strong influences from artists such as Mumford and Sons and Coldplay, Tempus Sun pride themselves on the size, engagement and quality of their live shows without compromise. Full of harmony, power and humour, their performances evoke a plethora of feelings from the emotional spectrum. Tempus Sun’s self-titled EP portrays a class and maturity that is hard to imagine of a group barely one year of age. They are testing conventional song-writing methods whilst exploring the boundaries of popular music. Recorded at Studios in the City under producer Tom Larkin of Shihad fame, it has been declared ‘one of the most highly-anticipated records of 2017’ by Melting Pot.

Hitting up Brisbane and Sydney on the 25th and 26th of August respectively, Tempus Sun are about to embark on an east coast tour, wrapping up in Melbourne at The Evelyn Hotel on September 1st with their EP launch show. Here Tempus Sun are set to showcase their live prowess, with their debut EP available across all platforms on August 25th.


Newcomers and last year’s Melbourne Music Bank winners, Tempus Sun have announced their captivating folk pop single Gold alongside a fittingly heartwarming video directed by Andrew Kose and Edwin Tedjokusumo (Eskimo Joe). Gold follows the group’s first offering Owls, and precedes their self-titled debut EP that is set to drop August 25. To celebrate, Tempus Sun will be hitting the road to play The Milk Factory (Bris) on August 25, Brighton Up Bar (Syd) on August 26 and The Evelyn Hotel on September 1.

Gold is a seriously accurate name for this poignant track. Following an expressive piano intro that showcases Rya Park’s exquisite vocal, Gold swoops into gear, evocative of influences such as Mumford & Sons and Kita Alexander. Euphoric and vibrant, percussive elements drive the folky arrangement and precise vocal harmonies propel the choruses into the atmosphere. Tempus Sun’s keyboardist Grant Hardisty couldn’t be happier with the single, beaming,The track is about exactly what the title suggests, moments of euphoria and bliss that just want to be relived again and again. It’s remembering those unparalleled happy moments with that golden tinge of nostalgia that can make you forget all your worries and stresses in a hazy daydream. It’s those summer nights that last with a sense of timelessness, a reflection upon a memory that you’d give anything to revisit, those times with friends that extend from a couple of hours to an entire day. It’s also about love with a slightly bitter twist, but it’s equally about light, warmth and all things Gold.”

The accompanying clip for Gold encapsulates the nostalgic vibe of the track through a retro lens; as though shot through an Instagram filter, the clip showcases some seriously cute candid moments between lovers, friends and families alike. The sun is ever-present, happiness glows off the screen and in a world that’s often so hard to handle, the clip for Gold is a welcome reminder that there is still honest goodness to be found. Grant reflects on the concept behind the clip, “Our overarching inspiration was pure joy and we wanted to capture a time we could escape to, and I think Gold can evoke those individual memories of times we all hold dear, be it of a lost loved one, an old flame or simply a time with your friends. The film clip was absolutely about capturing raw and natural emotion, simple times in life that you wish could be bottled. As Missy Higgins perfectly puts it, ‘seems those ordinary days are the ones that last’ – and so we wanted to try to almost film people not acting, but simply living.”

The upcoming EP is full to bursting with standout songwriting, thoughtful, lush arrangements and stunning vocal harmonies. Produced by Tom Larkin (Bodyjar, The Getaway Plan), Tempus Sun have managed to evoke their many influences – which include genres as far-reaching as classical, metal, and jazz-fusion – and funnel them into a concise, considered collection of folk-rock songs, many of which will remind the listener of early Boy & Bear and Mumford and Sons. Thrilled with the result, Grant explains, “It was such a massive learning experience for us, going through the process of pre-production, production and post-production. Recording at Studios in the City, we spent 6 solid days straight, building the layers from the ground up until they resembled – and then surpassed – our imaginings. It’s a very hard thing putting your trust in another’s hands, especially when they are dealing with your baby. In handing ourselves over to the professionals, it was hard to measure to what extend we should stick to our guns in some cases or take on their suggestions, but everyone made this process so welcoming.”

Well-deserved winners of 2016’s Melbourne Music Bank competition, Tempus Sun have gratefully reaped the rewards which have enabled them to propel their careers forward like they never could have imagined. Out of hundreds of entries and thousands of public votes, the group took out the top prize which included the EP recording and mixing process, press photos, publicity, radio plugging and much more. Grant enthuses, “Winning Bank of Melbourne’s Melbourne Music Bank was the most exhilarating experience of my life. We entered it on a whim, with an optimistic ‘why not?’ attitude, but we never honestly considered that we’d be a shot. I remember the call so vividly… I had to leave class to answer and hear the ridiculous news that we had made the Top 12!”

Set to wow audiences with their impressive live show all the way up the east coast, tickets to the TEMPUSSUN tour are available now.

Tempus Sun is Andrew Wortes, Lucy Travis, Grant Hardisty, Ed Borromeo, Sean Close and Liam Purser.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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