Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m based about an hour out of Sydney on the south coast, in Austinmer. There are a whole bunch of talented musicians down here and it’s special when a band comes through here to play, it’s usually a very intimate gig compared to Sydney. Franks Wild Years in Thirroul is a great vibe all round. It’s a record store, bar, and live music venue. I’ve seen gigs put on in Scout Halls and Community Halls down here as well and the Uni Bar at UOW is great!
How did you first start playing music?
I started playing music in High School with friends covering White Stripes and Nirvana songs at music nights my school used to put on. As I grew older my Dad and I started a band and we toured a bit and recorded a little EP which was never released at the time but we’ve been thinking about putting it out finally, it’s been over ten years!
You’re known for your live element – including recording your last EP in one take in a sauna! Was the sauna on?
Haha we did record the EP live in one take sadly not in a sauna though, it was at a studio called Damien Gerard’s in Lilyfield, we brought some friends into the studio without them knowing what was really happening and just blasted them, that’s why you can hear a small amount of clapping at the end of the tracks. We did record this nice little version of ‘I Like You’ in a sauna but sadly it wasn’t on. 🙁
How did this recording session come about?
Haha not sure if you’re talking about my EP or the sauna session here but the story of how we got into the sauna is kinda funny. I got a call from a mate who was directing the Rekorderlig Sauna Sounds series asking if I could make it up to Sydney in a couple of hours, it was a real last minute thing. I’d been on the cards to do it already but this just came out of nowhere as I think someone else may not have been able to do it that day. As it happened I ended up getting in an Uber from Austinmer to Gladesville which wasn’t cheap I’m guessing, luckily it wasn’t on my account! I made the beat on the drum machine in the Uber and called my bass player Sammy and picked him up along the way. It turned out pretty good considering the whirlwind it was getting it together!
What are your feeling about the whole experience and are you happy with the end sound of the recording?
I’m pretty stoked on everything we’ve put out so far!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Blood Orange, NAS, Body Type, Quay Dash, HTRK, Tropical Fuck Storm, A$AP Rocky, Good Morning, Teyana Taylor, Terry, MOD CON, Porches & CLASSIC!
You’ve recently moved out from Sydney’s suburbs down the coast, why did you decide on this move?
I moved out of Sydney because it’s a corporate dystopian nightmare in my eyes, but I do still come up quite a bit to see my family and cats. Austinmer, or the whole leisure coast zone is heaven on earth. The people down here are beautiful and creative, everyone is doing something unique and hands on, it’s inspiring and wholesome. I grew up in Sydney, 27 years was enough, I’m out.
Has the move influenced you creatively?
I think I am a slow reactor to my environment and I write reflectively not spontaneously so after being down here for three months I’m starting to write songs that sound like the experiences I’ve had and are about the people I’ve met. It’s different to what I’ve been doing traditionally, there’s a dream pop/shoe gaze element I’d love to explore more and an electronic side project on the way as well as a top secret new coastal band in the works!
What do you like to do outside of music?
I love to cook atm, I’ve been going through Marcella Hazan’s ‘Essentials Of Italian Cooking’ & Ottolenghi’s ‘Simple’, trying to explore new flavours and ideas. I drink a lot of coffee, probably averaging around 10 cups a day in various forms. I like a cold brew, a long black, a strong latte, a v60, an aero press, a shit black coffee, a filter, a $1 7/11 coffee, I don’t care I’ll drink it! Also I play a bit of Nintendo!
We’ve heard that a new album is in the works – can you tell us about what influenced the sound and songwriting for this album?
I can’t go into too many details about the new songs as they are still revealing themselves to me lyrically. It’s all deeply personal stuff I’m writing about. The sounds are influenced by a lot of the punk and hardcore bands I see in Sydney so I think this record might be a lot heavier then the last!
What can we expect from this new album?
Hopefully something good, that’s all I can say!
Where and when did you record?
We are heading back into Damien Gerard studios soon!
How do you usually go about writing songs?
I write songs over months and years sometimes, and see how they sit with me and let the meanings take on different shapes over time. All the songs on the EP went through that process except for Lisp and I Like You took which took about 5 minutes to write!
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Just a few gigs and some recording and then hopefully we’ll be hitting the road!
What do you like to do away from music?
I like going bowling, riding my bike, simple stuff like that. But my biggest side adventure lately is probably listening to Audiobooks and podcasts. I’ve listened to everything Malcom Gladwell has done on Audible and am hooked on The New York Times Daily News podcast and Caliphate was absolutely incredible!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I’m usually at the Moore Street General in Austinmer, sometimes I’m working outta there, sending emails ‘n stuff. The menu has changed a bit since I moved down but the G Sambo has stayed relatively the same! The cold brew and green juice are also good.