Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
We’re from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. There is a small scene – 3 or 4 decent venues and generally the same suspects on rotation. It’s nice and tight knit, everyone knows everyone, which I like. But outside of that, not much happens until you get into the city.
How did you first start playing music?
I grew up around it. My parents were both fairly musical and my two eldest siblings played guitar – looking up to them definitely played a big role. There was always an acoustic lying around the house. I used to play that all the time, but I was too small to reach over and play properly, so when I was 4 or 5 my parents got me a little nylon string and I just taught myself on that.
What’s been happening recently?
We’ve been fairly quiet since our tour at the beginning of the year. Most of the time since then has been spent pre-producing, recording and mixing the new songs.
Your new single ‘Too Much’ is out 4th October, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
There wasn’t any specific influence or goal in mind with the sound of the song, at least in the writing process. The chorus just popped into my head one day and it all got built around that. A lot of the overall tone of the song definitely came from the guitar intro, which was one of the first parts that was written.
Where and when did you record/produce?
We recorded the instrumentation at Housefox Studios in Brookvale, which is our local, across three days – May 3, 4 & 5. We finished up some overdubs and vocals at our little home studio over the following weeks and we only finished mixing in August though. We did seven songs.
Who did you work with during the creation of Too Much?
Lachlan West. The man, the myth, the legend. He plays drums for a band called ‘The Vines’ who we all grew up loving. We’ve recorded all our stuff with him – he has such a specific vision every time, which is always on the money. He understands what we’re doing better than we do ourselves, so it always feels really safe to start a new project, knowing we’re going to get a good result.
What do you have planned for Too Much?
We have a Sydney launch show at Frankies Pizza on October 9th. We’ll be doing a few interstate shows early next year and will have a new single ready by then too.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I try to mix it up all the time but “New Songs For Old Problems”, the Middle Kids album, has been getting a fair go in the car recently. I’ve also had “All The Small Things” stuck in my head for about a week now, for some reason. I never really listened to Blink 182..
What do you like to do away from music?
Just spending time with my better half – Jessy. I’m so lazy when it comes to pretty much anything not involving music or her, so there’s not heaps going on at the moment haha.
How do you prepare for live performances and what do you most enjoy about performing?
There isn’t really any particular thing any of us do before a show. Having a jam, or watching other bands play beforehand, are always good ways to get hyped up. The best thing is to just see that people are enjoying the music and having a good time.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2019 going into 2020?
Back this single hard. Play some shows. Get festive. Move house. Play more shows.
Any secrets that you care to share?
Favourite food and place to hangout?
We used to get salads from banana blossom after almost every rehearsal, but we ate too many and got sick of them. I’d still have to say, collectively, that is our favourite food though – Tokyo classic. Favourite place to hang out is the studio.