Joel and I sing for Endless Heights.
Based in Sydney – Music scene is as diverse and wild as the city itself!
Almost all of us went to high-school together (10 years ago!) and we met Diaz (drummer) at local youth centre gigs – we used to worship his old band, and we ended up jamming with him and it just worked out and never changed haha.
Funnily enough I really got in to music by singing in choirs at school. My older (amazing) brother was a nerd and was in like 3 choirs so I followed his lead when I was young – I then met the other guys when I was about 13 through our school’s music department, and went straight from classical opera style singing – to covering Parkway Drive songs at lunch time, pretty much overnight.
Recently we’ve been writing and reflecting about what we want next – we’ve been a band for a really long time so its been great (trying) to hang out more for fun and unrelated to the band. I’ve been working and trying to produce and direct other music videos outside of the band too.
We never really settled on a direct influence but we all knew we had to come at writing with something fresh. Cold Hard Kiss is this weird zombie amalgamation of all our current influences – and once the song started to gravitate a certain way (with a bit of an 80s vibe) it became more and more obvious for us all to commit to that sound.
I remember Jem and Chich first jamming some guitar parts and sending them to me. I then looped around a few vocal impro’s and ideas – to be honest none of them really seemed to land well with the guys until I prepro’d the same parts with Jem. We then worked with the part (Jem really helped to simplify it), and it started to take some shape. Some time later Diaz and the guys really committed to the song stylistically and reworked it with our forever friend (and Producer) Elliott Gallart at The Chameleon Sound.
This is where it really came together (instrumentally). But honestly, from there it all went straight to the studio (again with Elliott), and the excitement only really came for some of the guys once I tracked the vocals. For whatever reason this was the turning point where all our effort into the song became obvious – and EVERYONE was really, really happy.
We’ve always loved really ‘synthy’ pop music and after jamming together I guess this started to leak into our sound. Its weird to say it like that, because song writing for us is usually slow and a grind – but this sound was the only thing that made it out of our writing sessions that we were collectively happy with.
It was all done by the angel and genius that is Elliott Gallart at The Chameleon Sound in Sydney. This song wouldn’t have happened without him, and its awesome working with someone who instantly can see the vision, validate it, and build on it so quickly.
Elliott uses Cubase, and this song was done completely in his home studio (he was in between studio spaces at the time) so we tracked it in his rental – much to the frustration of his neighbours.
In a really, really chill way. Compared to the past, I don’t think we overthought this song or had big expectations or pressure at all before tracking it. Most of it was done over a weekend and all really quickly. It was the most lay-back I think we’ve collectively been going in to the studio.
We typically just book a few rehearsals per show, and otherwise spend our time thoroughly lining up support bands we believe in that would give the audience the best show possible (for headline shows). Otherwise we will just be our authentic selves for this run. I’m excited to be as real and raw as ever with whoever is in the audience and happy to watch us!
I think when I was younger I was fully addicted to the adrenaline of a live show. I still love that feeling, but more than that I enjoy shifting a whole atmosphere and ‘feeling’ it change as people engage with us when we play. Its hard to say, but that feeling of the audience acting as more of a community alongside you is always humbling.. and I guess I’m addicted to that now!
Honestly this is probably just as much luck as anything else. We are great friends, and that as well as prioritizing our ventures outside of Endless Heights has always helped keep everyone sane. No one is a slave to this band or anything, and I guess we have learnt to respect each other’s boundaries and communicate well with each other. We are great at (gently) telling each other what we don’t want to hear too.
At the moment I’m pretty obsessed with movie soundtracks and instrumental/lo-fi jazz beats – stuff like Nujabes, DJ Okawari, SoulChef, Emapea, Psalm Trees, and Funky DL.
Writing, writing & writing! Other than that, and the single tour dates we will see what doors open up!
While tempting I’m going to keep my mouth shut for the moment!
Pasta at my Nonna & Nonno’s house.
COLD HARD KISS SINGLE TOUR DATES:
SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER – AMPLIFIER CAPITOL, PERTH (18+)
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.
SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER – CROWBAR, SYDNEY (18+)
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.
SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER – STAY GOLD, MELBOURNE (18+)
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ALSO TOURING WITH….
FRIDAY 30 AUGUST – SUPPORTING IRON MIND MELBOURNE REUNION SHOW
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER – HEAVEN AND HELL BRISBANE FESTIVAL, RIVERSTAGE
With: The Amity Affliction, Underoath, Crossfaith, Pagan, Make Them Suffer, Trophy Eyes, Void Of Vision, Thornhill and Southeast Desert Metal