Q&A Scene: Blooming Heck

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

The album I seem to keep coming back to is “Ctrl” by SZA. I could listen all day to her sweet musings about the exhilarating freedom, disappointments, and loneliness of modern romance. Every song is so rich and there’s so much complexity in the production. It fits many moods – it’s a great album to put on while you work and just let it wash over you, but you get a lot more out of it by paying closer attention to the subtleties in the songwriting. Plus Kendrick makes a guest appearance, so there’s that.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote…

The first time we ever played in Sydney we stayed with friends in some run-down sharehouses in Glebe and Parramatta. We didn’t know that cockroaches in Sydney were twice the size they are in Melbourne, and we had the heebie jeebies the whole time. It didn’t help that we were sleeping on air mattresses on the floor, and could hear soft scuttling throughout the night. Also one time we drove from Brisbane to Sydney in a day via the inland highway and arrived in the middle of a godawful thunderstorm that felt like the end of the world. Pretty standard stuff.

What, or who, inspires you?

I think what has always inspired our songwriting and live performances have been artists that are musically diverse and who also don’t take themselves too seriously. We love trying lots of different things and being a bit magpie-ish in our influences.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Joanna Newsom’s “Does Not Suffice”. In fact, I’m pretty sure she got into my brain and stole the song from me before I had the chance to write it. But perhaps if I play it often enough it’ll just somehow become my song? Does it work that way?

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

Toast sandwich. Did you know that’s a thing people used to eat in Britain in the 1860s? A slice of buttered toast between two slices of bread. Brilliant! That was really just an excuse to talk about toast sandwiches, when really I think our sound is more like Mum’s sausage rolls – hearty, comforting, familiar, nourishing.

What’s next for you?

We’re playing some gigs in Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, and after that we’ll probably hide under some coats and hope that somehow everything will work out.

What’s your scene?

Whatever the scene, it usually involves whisky and cheese.

About Blooming Heck

Melbourne garage/pop outfit Blooming Heck sure know how to blend the perfect pop song, and listening to their stunning self-titled debut album you get the sense they are cunningly aware of all the vital ingredients. Combining a jangling sound, poptastic lyrics, a driving infectious beat, kaleidoscopic keys, and tambourine shimmery goodness the band are very excited to be launching
their album at The Workers Club on 19th November.

Featuring Katherine Simpson and Robert Simpson, the former rhythm section of Australian indie pop group The Triangles, a popular mid 2000’s cult act around Melbourne and Sydney, who enjoyed a top-10 single in Spain in 2010 after their song Applejack was used in a television beer commercial. Blooming Heck are particularly excited as The Triangles will be reforming as supports making it an extra special gig : it’s been seven years since they last performed, and is the ten year anniversary of their last album Seventy Five Year Plan. Blooming Heck churn out a handsome swag of upbeat tunes sweeter than honey and butter on toast – a total of eleven songs on their first musical offering – all freshly baked from the hottest oven. Their smattering of jangling heart felt pop-driven tunes really hit a cracking pace and are bound to turn the fiercest melancholic frown upside down and get the saddest sack their mojo back.

From around 2008-2012 Katherine and Robert moonlighted in a number of other bands in Australia and the UK, before returning to Melbourne and starting to gig under the name Human Woman. A recent name change to Blooming Heck was brought about to avoid a legal runin with an Icelandic group of the same name. Recording and playing around Melbourne and Sydney since 2013, with groups like Canary, Jamatar, Mandek Penha, Sister Socrates, The Gallant Trees, Popolice, You and Your So-Called Friends, Vicuna Coat, and Big Winter, the duo are mega excited to be releasing their bright shiny debut. Blooming Heck cite their influences as being the Breeders, Talking Heads, the Go-Go’s, Chastity Belt, Ween, Magic Dirt, Torres, Richard in Your Mind, Todd Rundgren, Tegan and Sarah, The Fauves, Ariel Pink, and Wussy. Blooming Heck’s self-titled album is out now via legendary indie label Half A Cow Records.

Blooming Heck album launch
Sunday 19 November Please contact Lou Ridsdale from Lance
Workers Club Fitzroy Rock Publicity if you would like to arrange
Doors at 7.30pm an interview, or require any further
$10 entry at the door



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