Tell us about your latest album.
here. now here is an album that was made on the back of line-up change. When our good friend and drummer Mark Hetherington moved to the country, Justin (bass) Teo(guitar) and I were left wondering how to replace such a big character in our band. In the end we decided not to try to, just see what would happen and thus we ended up with this period of writing, refining and reflecting on the songs and intent of the band. Possibly as a result of this process the songs ended up having a more considered, harder or darker tone than our previous albums, which, as it happened ended up being a perfect foil for Joe (Parkins, drums) when he joined us. We’re really proud of this album,a lot of heart went into it.
What's your favourite work at this point in time?
here. now here.is our fourth album and also our strongest and most cohesive album, though my favourite song (probably) is Loose Canons which is on our first album. A song that I had been trying to write about my grandmother after she’d passed away, which I’d almost given up on. When one night sitting at the Gasoline Pony in Marrickville watching Sydney band Dusty Raven’s play (who are name dropped in the tune) the missing pieces all fell together.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
I’d say a pint of Guinness. You know all about it, but it’s somehow still a dark and tasty mystery.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I don’t think we have any quick ones other than that we recorded this album with a microphone pointed threateningly at our drummer Joe’s crotch.
What, or who, inspires you?
It’s hard to pinpoint, but that feeling when you just get the integrity and honesty in a human interaction, piece of art, writing or music. I’ll often find myself urgently running home after relatively random interactions with people or art in order to grab my guitar and play.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Oh god that’s too hard! Thirteen by Big Star has everything that I could possibly love in a song.
Then there are songs like Alison by Elvis Costello, Me and Mia by Ted Leo or Forbidden Colours by Sylvian & Sakamoto that I can’t ever imagine not being in awe off.
What's next for you?
Demo’ing songs for our next album. I’ve written a lot recently across a few different themes and I’m looking forward to seeing what sticks with the band.
What's your scene?
These days you’ll find me walking around and around Henson Park while listening to atmospheric black metal.
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