Q&A Scene: Gordon Holland ~ The NAYSAYERS

 Tell us about your latest single/album/ tour. 
Hellfire Sing Sing is our debut album and something we’re really proud to finally have it out in the world! We’ve spent many months writing, practicing, rewriting and recording it. It’s made up of a group of songs that Nathaniel and I realised were mostly character-based, it made a kind of storyline or journey in a way and we thought that was a great way to group songs together on an album. Not exactly a concept album but not a bunch of random songs either. The title came to Nathaniel in a dream which seems quite fitting.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 
I think we’d all have different favourites but I’m most proud of the song Maya The Cat Girl off our album. That song really made us work for it and it took months of experimenting with structure and so on to get it right. It’s always so much fun to play live too, and to hear the recording of it with Nik’s violin and Rachel’s vocals is just incredible.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
For some reason we always end up recording in the wintertime so of course everyone gets colds, and this album was the same. We decided we’d order some food one afternoon and ended up with over a kilo of hot chips somehow. I can tell you it doesn’t cure colds but that many chips does make anything easier.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 
We’re all actually quite fond of cooking so that’s a good question. I think to describe our sound it would have to be a spicy soup/stew, like maybe a gumbo or a pho. There’s a variety of different flavours all at once that work in harmony together. Also anything with chili is a band favourite.
What, or who, inspires you?
Any artist with a large and varied body of work, that’s exactly where I want to be. I feel like I have so many different things to explore musically and I’m inspired by people who are still going decades after they started, doing completely different styles of work along the way.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Happy Birthday. Could you imagine that?! But honestly, I wish I’d written Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, that’s a masterclass in “less is more” writing that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.
What’s next for you?
We’ll be officially launching our album on the 13th at the Grace Darling upstairs so that’s the first thing on the cards. After that, we’re going to do a video and single from the album.
What’s your scene?
For me it’s always been the scene in between the scenes. I don’t know where The Naysayers fit and that’s fine by me!


 Known for their frantic and energetic live shows as much as their infectious recorded output The Naysayers came to life in 2011 in Melbourne from the members’ shared love of garage rock, melody and psychedelia.
The group was founded by Gordon Holland (guitar/vocals) and Nathaniel Parbery (bass/vocals) in Perth with the aim to explore the rich musical landscape of 60’s garage and beyond as an ego-free collaborative with nothing off limits. Soon relocating to their current base of Melbourne, the two became three after a chance meeting with the ramshackle nomad known as Harrie Kingston (guitar/vocals). Later they found their drumming equal with the explosive Jakk Burgess (drums/percussion).
Previously, the release of their 2016 single I Hate Your Band saw them travelling nationwide on the I Hate Your Summer tour. This was followed by widespread airplay on community radio stations across the country, including rotation on national digital radio station Triple J Unearthed. Impressing garage rock aficionados in Australia and beyond, the single offered an early glimpse of what would become The Naysayers debut album. The year also saw them playing to a sold out crowd at the Kennedys Creek Festival – sharing the stage with Cosmic Psychos and Alex Lahey amongst others.

The group’s prior release Passing By received much praise, with the tastemakers at Tone Deaf proclaiming the song as “everything that’s so great about local garage rock right now”. Accompanying the single was a highly ambitious music video which boasted a new standard of quality and artistry for the group, with animations provided by The Naysayers’ Harrie Kingston and Canberra based visual artist Danny Wild, and filming and editing by videographer Ben Davies (Monuments, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dead Letter Circus, The Red Paintings). 

The band’s 2014 single Fools Gold Rush hinted at the rise which was to come, kicking some serious goals. The track was featured on AirIt’s Top 10 Most Ordered For Airplay. The group also scored gold when the single was selected by British Vogue to accompany their December 2014 campaign The Shooting Party which included the likes of Cara Delevigne (world famous), Tim Walker (world famous) and Kate Moss (also world famous). 

The Naysayers have a huge 2018 planned, independently releasing their debut album Hellfire Sing Sing on 2nd January and launching the album this Saturday at The Grace Darling Hotel – with more dates to be announced. 

Tour dates

SAT 13 JANUARY   The Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood, VIC, Australia  Tickets

Hellfire Sing Sing marks the long-awaited first album release by Melbourne Garage Rockers The Naysayers, an album about shitty people because The Naysayers are miserable bastards. The album contains plenty of the garage-surf sound that they’ve made their trademark along with songs that cover more psychedelic ground. Hellfire Sing Sing features lead single Paper Person, a song with plays on Triple J and Triple M as well as comunity radio across the country and praised by Josh Merriel (Triple J) as a “ridiculously fun little piece of guitar driven surf-punk”.

The Naysayers came to life in 2011 in Melbourne from the members’ shared love of garage rock, melody and psychedelia. Known for their energetic live shows, they’ve played to a sold out crowd at Kennedys Creek Festival – sharing the stage with Cosmic Psychos and Alex Lahey amongst others. Over the course of their career they’ve developed a unique stage presence and melodic garage surf sound all of their own. [pullquote]“Undeniable catchy, urging you to dance while simultaneously making you want to kick something.” – Savage Thrills [/pullquote] Recording sessions for ‘Hellfire Sing Sing’ began in 2017 after 9 months of pre-production. The album was mostly tracked live, playing to their strengths of being at home on the stage. Engineered by Max Ducker at Cellar Sessions Studios and mastered by Joe Carra (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Courtney Barnett, Eddy Current Suppression Ring) the album delivers on the many promises The Naysayers have been made over the years.

Here is a brief summary of each track:

  • Psychopath: Riffs and guitars
  • (Don’t Tread On My) Blues Shoes: Blues and beats
  • I Hate Your Band: Surf-punk
  • Psychopath Pt II: Delay pedals and melody
  • The Bounder: Don’t bore us get to the chorus
  • Paper Person: Ranting and raving, chicken pickin’, new wave
  • Maya The Cat Girl: Nick Cave goes to the beach
  • Jamming In The Stairwell: Duelling guitars and walls of vocals in the fires of hell

Grab your copy now: Hellfire Sing Sing

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