Tell us about your new single/album/tour?
Our new single Cannibals is kind of like pop will eat itself but world will eat itself. We are redistributing the stuff we’re digging up and cutting down and creating rivers of rubbish, precipices of shit and beaches of micro plastics. Well done us.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
It’s tricky because you’re not supposed to have a favourite offspring and in each you see growth and the progression which has lead to the next. For me personally, solo EWAH release Gospel Dance was a progenitor for having the confidence to get professional help to make things sound a bit more polished and I took time to work through arrangements and learn, then Everything Fades to Blue completed that cycle but as a live band performance with The Vision of Paradise. I think the next may be my favourite though, always the next one…
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote…
We saw double rainbows over the studio after recording the album we’ll release later this year and there was a radiant golden yellow sunset. We’d just done a day of double tracked vocals and were double guessing ourselves whether it was worth pursuing and then did a double take – and sorry to overcook that word but – when we saw those double rainbows beaming above the studio took it as a fortuitous sign. Cannibals features double tracked vocals that get pretty wild and dislocated towards the end.
What, or who, inspires you?
Around the time of writing for this recent project, I’d been watching a lot of interviews with directors like David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, Rolf de Heer and actors and even comedians I admire. Oh, man I did a lot of Charlie Rose round table interview time. So good. It’s not necessarily because they’re directly related to the content of this album, but something about meditating on the creative process is really comforting and also provocative. Cinema in general is really inspiring and the hallucinatory, sweaty feeling of films like Wake in Fright and Walkabout are very inspiring for this project as are the scattered Dionysian chaos of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel paintings.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Great concept. It’ll be different next time of course.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
I actually adore food references in songs. Some of my favourite song lyrics are food, “all the girls would turn the colour of an avocado”, Jonathan Richman, “not a sausage to do”, Brian Eno “Some were eating caviar, Some were eating cold potatoes” Nick Cave, and heaps of early Tom Waits “grapefruit moon” and “her hair spilled out like root beer”, “big eyed beans from Venus” Captain Beefheart. “Eat fish, that brain food will get you smart,” Ghostface Killah. It takes you viscerally straight to a feeling. Anyway, I digress…. erm oh yeah, a feast after a fast because that’s what our releases are like!
What’s next for you?
We are doing an East Coast Tour and then putting the final touches on the album before the spring release. I’ll rewrite my novel again in winter. Ha!
What’s your scene?
Nature. It’s honest.
Don’t miss them as they tour the Eastern seaboard and unleash their latest single Cannibals at Old Bar Melb Sat 16 Feb, The Petersham Bowling Club Sydney on Sun 17 Feb, Greaser on Sat 2 March plus Sonic Sherpa Records on Sun 3 March in Brisbane.