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Lowdown Hokum Orchestra

Lowdown Hokum Orchestra are a unique band with something special going on this. So naturally wanted to find out more.

http://www.lowdownhokum.com/

 

1. What was the inspiration for the up coming album?

The album is the soundtrack to our Fringe Festival piece called “That’s Showbiz”. The songs can best be described as on the bluesier and jazzier side of Americana and it’s our attempt to get roots music in front of a larger audience. The show combines really hot playing and singing with theatre and burlesque and every element reinforces the others. It’s a lot of fun.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the album?

This album is mostly re-arrangements of other folk’s tunes – Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, which was a great process to go through because of the strength of the material. I am a songwriter, but I think just recording a song because it’s your own is not necessarily the name of the game. We are losing the great art of vocal interpretation. Mostly the only place you can see that now is on talent shows.

3. What was the recording process like for the album?

We took the band down to a big studio and recorded all of the tracks live – 2 or 3 takes at most – so we could get as close as possible to what we do live. I took the files back to my home studio and tinkered with them a bit and added a few overdubs and mixed and mastered it there.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

We had done the songs live a few times and basically knew what we were going to do. The studio always throws up it’s own set of issues though. What plays well to a live crowd doesn’t always translate to a good performance in the studio. Like most working bands we thrive on feedback from the audience and that colours the performance a lot.

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

This is the first time I’ve ever had all of the band in the studio playing at the same time. I think it’s the way to go. I’m never going to do an album like Dark Side of The Moon where hours were spent just getting the snare drum sound. The business has changed too. There is so much downloading and pirating, file sharing and swapping that you need product that comes out frequently – to keep the whole thing fresh – and it needs to reflect what the audience just saw and heard because that’s where most CD’s will be sold, at gigs.

6. What did you learn from recording the album that you will take away for future releases?

Keep the vibe live.

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for the band?

The reviews are great, the CD got to number 11 on the Blues and Roots Chart 2nd week in and the show get’s really good reviews. So far, so good.

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

Performing is what most musicians do to keep sane. You wouldn’t do it or the money. Having an audience love what you do is the best drug going around. At the end of the day music is a dialect of mathematics, which is the language of the universe. I think that’s why every culture on the planet has a musical component. It’s communication on an elemental level. All the listener and the musician have to do is tune in to one another and something wonderful happens.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

I like to get to gig early, set-up, sound-check and then rest for a bit. I don’t eat a meal or drink alcohol before a show.

10. What do you love about playing live?

I love meeting people after the gig. If are a performer and you don’t like people, you are in the wrong business.

 

Interesting video clip for Aussie singer songwriter Bernardine.

Vigilantes

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What can I say but I love Vigilantes. When I first heard them a few weeks back I was totally hooked. With a sick remix of their song Elasticity by Joy. I knew it was time to find out more from this incredible two piece act.  These cats are going places.

https://www.facebook.com/vvvigilantes

1. What was the inspiration for the song Elasticity?

The financial market. Jks. Elasticity was inspired by the natural rhythm of relationships and how we drift apart and come back together.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the song?

Dave was on tour in another city and had been texting me concepts for lyrics, this one really stuck so we decided to flesh it out via the magic of sms. I’d send shitty piano and vocals from my phone, then Dave would add beats and the rest,

3. What was the recording process like for the song?

It was pretty gradual, it went through a few different versions. Our friend Ross aka Laterns jumped on board and contributed a lot to the production. We’d make changes and see how we felt about them the next day. It’s always better to sleep on things. The sax line though, that didn’t need sleeping on.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

We are incredibly spoilt by the fact that Dave has his own studio. Ross and Dan (who played sax) are in there too, so recording has never really had that pressure of ‘You only have this one, very expensive day to get everything down’. The morning we recorded the vocals, I had been trying to sing Mariah all morning and smashed my voice, by the time I got in front of the mic I was a lil apprehensive, but hey, when is it ever perfect right?

5. How did the remix come about and why do you think remixes are so important to the scene and as a artist?

Dave met Liv (Joy) when he was playing with Nicole Millar at Splendour last year. Liv is so talented and I love her ear for production. Naturally, we had to work with her. That and she is a massive babe. Liv actually sent about 8 different versions before the she was happy with her mix. Remixes are a great way of getting out to different audiences. There’s also this really nice warm sense of community when you’re working together and remixing each other tracks. You end up with these different versions of your song, which are kinda like different flavours of ice cream.

6. What did you learn from recording the song that you will take away for future releases?

Aaron Cupples is a mixing behemoth. He brought out the gloss in our track. Also, as someone who struggles with writing lyrics, having a really clear concept of what you’re writing about can be the key!

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for you guys?

Definitely. We just won a spot on the Converse Rubber Tracks program. Gotta be happy with that!

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

At the last gig we played, supporting Asta, there was this lone guy who danced the whole set. Sure he was high, but he was also having a great time. That’s what it’s all about. When you play live it’s like you’re all in this thing together, sharing an experience, making memories, surrendering your body to the beat.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

Dave, Mikey and I all have different coloured Brita bottles, which we use to keep our fluids up before a gig and on stage. It’s pretty cute. We seem to always be eating corn chips before a gig too. Bloody Dave. Other than that, one of us will say ‘Alright, let’s do this!’ (and we all high five and it freeze frames on us as the camera zooms out).

10. Why do you think the electro scene is Australia is so strong right now?

Music sharing communities like soundcloud play a pretty strong role. Also the technology is so accessible. I can carry around a mini studio in my backpack, and I usually do. It’s so easy to carry a laptop, and a usb midi controller and mic. If I were a more ‘traditional’ musician, I couldn’t carry around a piano and write a song where ever I was, but now I can be working on the train etc. It’s also tied into our culture of festivals and going out, instead of importing the soundtrack to it all, we’re doing it ourselves, and we’re damn good at it too!

11. Who would most like to work with if you have the chance?

I’d love to work with HTML Flowers from Melbourne, he was in my dream last night and it was that thing where I felt like we were really good friends but then I woke up and I was like ‘oh no wait, we’ve never even met’. I’m also pretty obsessed with Brooke Candy, I might have to move to LA so I can join her FAGMOB.

12. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?

Writing, recording and christmas!

13. Is there an album in the works?

Not at album, but we are working on an EP!

Quor

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Photo by Garrett Jones

Quor is an exciting three piece who are releasing their new album Human Paradigm on the 1oth of September. I wanted to find out more from this amazing band this what they had to say.

http://www.facebook.com/quormusic

1. What was the inspiration for the upcoming album?

Human Paradigm means a lot to the band and its creative journey. It follows the most personally creative expression and well-earned victory of the records completion. The album began with the concept of its name sake track, Human Paradigm. The song Human Paradigm contemplates the idea that we are all just irrelevant blips in the universe. We all strive to be something more, and yet most of us will fade into oblivion. Are we cut from the same program or can we change our fate and in effect change the path of our human kind, our human evolution?

2. How did the songwriting process go for the album?

The song writing for this record was very fluid. The songs just seemed to form naturally with very little hang ups in there completion. The pieces just fell into place. I’d say the most difficult part for me was learning to sing the parts while playing guitar. The track Guardian was a real brain buster in this regard. -Corn

3. What was the recording process like for the album?

We recorded the first single “Human Paradigm” out of town at Swagger Studios in Glendale, CA. We challenged ourselves to produce a song in one weekend from start to finish and Human Paradigm was the result. Our engineer Dan Whittemore invited us to “camp out” in the studio during the recording and we took it literally. I woke up Saturday morning with a slight disorientation from the night before and looked out of my tent to see four other tents inside a studio rehearsal room. There were lanterns, ice chests, and the remnants of bottles and paper plates upon a picnic bench. The whole studio was filled with the sounds of the drum and guitar tracks we had recorded the day before. It was 9:00 am and it was loud and it was fucking beautiful. The remaining Human Paradigm tracks where recorded at the famed Signature Sound Studios in San Diego, CA with engineer Christian Cummings.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

We usually have a pretty good foundation for a song before we officially hit the studio with it. That foundation is inevitably challenged once a song gets put under the studio microscope. The band has become great at adapting to those situations in the studio and so far the process of recording has been a final solidifier of our songwriting. -Corn

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

For the first single track it was a challenge to the normal time it takes to get a great recording. We wanted to see if we could get a great track done in a weekend. We worked hard that weekend and had a great time doing it. It worked out well. That defined the attitude for the rest of the record. We really opened up to the process of recording and didn’t get caught up in fighting it. The record as a result feels very freeing. -Corn

6. What did you learn from recording the album that you will take away for future releases?

Keep your eye on the ball and don’t wrestle with the beast of recording a record. –Corn

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for the band?

Yes! We are alive and doing what we are meant to do. It has been fucking humbling to see the support that is growing for this artwork we literally give our lives to create. -Corn

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

To me live playing is the physical manifestation of the art. It’s where you truly feel it. It’s where an artist and an audience get to share a moment with the music as the conduit. It’s alive and being alive. I loose myself on every stage and I find something new inside every time we play live, every time. –Corn If I could have sex and play live at the same time, I’d already be in heaven. –Smitty In response to Smitty’s answer, I would like to add that I believe he just described some kind of live porno show in Mexico somewhere. There is hope in his dream. -Corn

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

Somewhere along the line we started bowing at each other before a set and we close the set the same way. It’s something of a switch and a moment to respect what we’re doing. And, yes, there is some cheese in there for good measure. –Corn

10. Will see you play Australia soon?

Is that an invitation? -QUOR

 Sunflower Dead

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Photo by Neil Zlozower

Sunflower Dead is an awesome rock band doing some awesome stuff.  With It’s Time To Get Weird the new album on the way. It was time find out more. So read on.

http://www.sunflowerdead.com/

1. What was the inspiration for the upcoming album?

Sunflower Dead’s main goal was to be ourselves 100%. It’s amazing what you learn about your art and yourself when you tour constantly. We did this by making a list of everything we had learned, everything we that worked, everything that didn’t and what we wanted the songs to be. Thematically, the songs are about my journey to become my full self through the life lessons of my ups and downs.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the album?

Very natural. SFD sits in a room, together and writes the songs very democratically. There is no emailing or writing via technology. It’s all chemistry based. What we found is that when everyone finds that right balance of what we all think the song should be and it sits right in the middle of what everyone wants, the song gets to its strongest point.

3. What was the recording process like for the album?

Recording was a blast. We did a few days of preproduction with producers Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot) and Mikey Doling (Snot) and then tracked the record out in the desert of California for a grand total of 12 days. We had an entire month booked and we used less than half. It was extremely comfortably, creative and inspiring to see all five of us come together without ego.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

Preparation and letting yourself go with the unexpected is what leads to great results in the studio and life. We were extremely prepared but also very willing to let the songs take on a life of their own in the studio.

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

The first album was done in stages. “It’s Time To Get Weird” was done in one fell swoop. It’s very coherent all the way through. Also, working with such talented people as Dave Fortman, Mikey Doling and Jonathan Davis from Korn (who shares vocal duties with me on the title track) helped us grow so much.

6. What did you learn from recording the album that you will take away for future releases?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, go with the flow and say the word “RAD” after every sentence… Dave Fortman, ha.

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for the band?

Very happy and it’s only getting better.

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

There is nothing and I mean nothing that fires me up like playing a sold out huge venue. The bigger the venue, the better. There is something about SFD that is just better in bigger venues. It’s like we can fully unleash with the room onstage and it translates to the crowd.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

I do. My ritual starts hours before the show with steaming my vocals, then doing a vocal warm session. I move onto an hour of makeup to look so sexy ha and then another quick vocal warm up. I then always text a special person that it’s time to go, strap on my accordion and get WEIRD.

10. Will see you play Australia soon?

One of the bands main goals has always been to be a world wide band. A lot of bands get stuck in North America and don’t break out. This is why we starting our touring cycle for this record in Europe this summer with Korn and Snot. The band will tour all over the world on this album cycle including Autralia. Our bassist is from the Gold Coast for god’s sake, we have to go there!

Plastic

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Plastic are an Australian band doing good things, with their EP Nightmares to be launched next month. They kindly answered my questions.

https://www.facebook.com/musicplastic/

1. What was the inspiration for the up coming release?

Well we just write music, and felt it was time to put something together, and put something out.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the release?

It went well, apparently.

3. What was the recording process like for the release?

Live tracking over 3 days at The Aviary in Abbotsford.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

Who can afford to show up to a studio unprepared? Not us for sure.

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

It’s all live tracking, Nothing at All and Nightmares were done in two takes, with the exception of horn overdubs in Nothing at All.

6. What did you learn from recording the release that you will take away for future releases?

At the end of the day, we’re the only ones that can make criticisms and changes to our work, and so it’s worth learning how to be constructively self critical throughout the process.

7. Why do you think Melbourne has a such great music scene and why it is so fantastic to be involved and play in it?

Maybe people just give a damn here, and see value in that stuff.

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

Bands these days are pretty much traveling beer salesmen. I’m mainly just concerned about how much the bar will take in on the night. I try to block out the performance.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

We usually have a huge argument, then someone likely quits, and hopefully by the time we’re on we’ve settled our differences.

10. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?

Christmas in NZ and some shows including our single launch September 18th – The Gasometer Hotel with Frida.

Kayla Patrick

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Kayla Patrick is an singer songwriter from Canada who is a name to watch. With a number of gigs, songwriting competitions and media love behind her. This talented singer songwriter is going places.  So read on and find out why she is going to be a star.

http://www.kaylapatrickmusic.com/

1.How did you get into music?

When I was about three years old I remember my dad singing and playing old rock songs and lots of Elvis on the guitar. I thought he was so cool and I always would sing along with him. Ever since then, I haven’t stopped singing and that’s when I believe I fell in love with music. Thanks Dad!

2. What inspired you go to serious with it?

I entered many singing competitions and ended up winning a lot of them, so that gave me the confidence boost to keep going. I wanted to keep getting better and better, and I looked up to artists like Shania Twain and Taylor Swift who use to be just like me trying to gain success in the music business. The possibility of doing music for a living was such an exciting idea to me.

3. What inspired the the upcoming EP?

I haven’t released any new music since 2010, so I have gathered a huge book full of original songs. These five years have allowed me to grow and experience a lot of new things. The five songs on the EP are each very personal to me. They center around the idea of love, heartbreak and inspiring messages.

4. Were you happy how it turned out?

Yes, SO happy. It’s way different than anything I have done before, and I think it has a really unique sound that I can’t compare to any other artist. You will hear banjo, strings and cool synths. Crazy right? Each of the songs take on a different feel and I really think that it has something for everyone. My favourite track on the EP is called Golden.

5. What was the recording process like for the EP?

Recording this EP was a very different process from previous recordings I had done. I worked with two amazing producers, Dan Davidson and Ari Rhodes from HandsUp! Music who I can’t say enough good things about. They specialize in Top 40 pop, which is a completely different style then I am, so I was bit worried at first going into recording, but it turned out to be the best decision I’ve made. They are both so creative and really helped me make something really cool and different. Every day in the studio was exciting and we laughed so much.

6. What inspires you when writing songs?

I am inspired by events that happen in my life, whether thats love, heartbreak or what people around me are experiencing. I am very honest when it comes to writing, and I love either telling a story or making a song have one theme or message.

7. How does the song structure for you come about when writing songs?

A lot of times when writing a song, I will start with one line that stuck with me, and the rest just snowballs from there. Every time I write it’s different; I may start with the chorus or I may start writing the verse. When I play it from start to finish for the first time I always envision what instruments I think would suit the song.

8. Are you happy with the all the support you have been getting from the media?

The support from the media and fans really pushes me to keep going. It’s an exciting feeling knowing other people are just as excited as I am for me to release my new music.

9. How important social media to you?

Social media is really important to me, because it allows me to connect with my fans who are inspired by my music and support this dream of mine, and thats all I could ever want. My favorite social media to use is Instagram, where I get to share my life in pictures, and give people a look into what I am all about.

10. What does it mean to connect with your fans?

Connecting with my fans means everything to me. I absolutely love playing shows and meeting the fans afterward. It makes it all worth it. I also have some fans on my Facebook page who have been there since the very beginning and have grown with me. A lot of them have became my friends who I love talking too and hearing about their lives. I believe artists are nothing without their fans, and I can never express in words how grateful I am to have them supporting me and what I love to do.

11. if you could collaborate with any one who would it be?

I would love to collaborate with Dallas Green, from the Canadian band, City & Colour. He has a such a dreamy voice.

12. What does 2015 mean to you?

2015 means a year of taking chances and actually making my goals happen. I feel very refreshed and ready to take on this new project. This EP has been a long time coming I feel this is the right time in my life that this music needs to be released.

13. What is next for yourself?

The full EP will be released in early 2016, after that I hope to travel to different cities and play my music with a band. I will continue to write songs and work with Dan & Ari. I will always be creating and planning to release new music whatever the genre may be.

The Starks

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The Starks are a cool Aussie band, Terry Gardiner from the band answered my questions, so read on.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Starks/351739004933178

 

1. When did you first discover music?

My old man used to turn the stereo up super loud on weekends and sit in the loungeroom and smoke. He’d be blaring The Stones, The Beatles, Neil Diamond or Harry Chapin…all sorts of stuff. You’d open up the door to the loungeroom and see two feet of smoke hanging on the ceiling as he sat in his couch singing and puffing away. He always said you had to be able to feel music through the floor. It always felt good.

2. When did you realise being in a band was the best way to waste time?

When my brother was in a band with the Brodie boys called Smokin’ Judas. They used to rehearse at our house and the walls shook for the second half of Sunday. I used to sit in the adjoining Dining Room and just listen for hours as they ran through all of their originals. It was the coolest way to waste away a lazy day ever.

3. Tell us about your first band (such as the name and anything special that you remember)?

First Band…I remember playing in a make shift band when I was 16. I went to an all boys school and we were asked by our girlfriends to go and play at their all girl school for some sort of special event. I remember we all headed off together except the singer because his girlfriend was 18 and drove him separately. He turned up late and couldn’t sing the first song because his nerves got to him and he had to stop and vomit on the way to the school. I ended up having to sing the first song from the drums while he held the mic for me until he got his strut on. Then he was fine. Oh, and my kit only had one leg so the bass drum kept rolling off to the right. Funny as… We were really bad. The girls loved it.

4. Tell us about the first show you ever played?

Just did!

5. Tell us about the worst job you’ve ever had?

I used to work at the Bristol Paint Factory in Glen Waverley. I had to pour paint into paint tins. You worked in pairs and you either moved cans under the spout and pressed the PAINT button, or you were at the other end of the conveyer belt putting lids on and lifting the tins off. It was great because it was casual work on holidays, but man…was it slow! The lunchroom was always the funniest time to be there, always crazy guys bored with their job just being funny…moving 160 x 20 litre paint tins not so much fun.

6. Who is your favourite band (and why)?

This changes pretty regularly. Overall, I’d have to say The Beatles because every album they ever put out was different to the previous one. So many various song styles and such diversity in the way they things. Its amazing to think they were only together for 8 or so years! It’s either them or Backstreet Boys…it’s pretty close.

7. What band should never have broken up (and why)?

Hmmm…good question. I’m gonna say Suede from the Dog Man Star album. Bernard Butler left the band and it all kind of changed after that. They still put out some awesome stuff but the depth was never quite there for me after that. He worked again with Brett Anderson in The Tears, which is a cool album, but the magic was gone. Then again, if they stayed together (pun intended…Stay Together is a Suede song), it might have all turned to custard.

8. What’s one album you play before you hit the stage (and why)?

We don’t really play anything before we hit the stage. We just discovered that we need to talk to each other as a united front before we go on, so we hit the stage as a band. We spent a few gigs making sure everything was set right for ourselves individually and we kind of took a few songs to hit our stride. Next gig I might put on All Night Long by Lionel Ritchie for the boys. We’ll see how we go.

9. Why do you love being on stage?

Because when it clicks with the band and you are a cog in the machine and the engine is running smoothly, there’s no better feeling. Recreating a song you’ve recorded live for an audience who are there with you is exquisite.

10. Tell us about your favourite tour memory.

Playing Castlemaine and just hanging out. It was just great to be away with the band and having time afterward the gig to just hang out. We’ve all got families which keep us busy and when we’re together, we’re either recording or rehearsing, so it was really cool to hang out and drink with each other.

12. What is the worst thing about touring?

Car smells.

13. What’s your favourite servo/gas stop purchase?

Those little pine tree air freshener things that hang from your mirror.

14. What’s one thing you can’t live without on the road?

Each other, too lonely otherwise.

15. What is your favourite place in the world (and why)?

I’d have to say the studio. Its just really cool to try and capture what you hear in your head as a recording. Jerome and I often thrash out ideas for songs in the studio too, so that’s probably my favourite place.

18. If you could, who would you trade lives with (and why)?

Beyonce` – no, Jay-Z would drive me insane. Kate Bush, you seen that chick dance?

Sarah Tollerson – Wherever We Go (Self Released)

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Wherever We Go by Sarah Tollerson is a perfect example of a good solid album that achieves in good song writing, musicianship, vocals and production. The opening track Falling For Each Other is evident in this, just a catchy slice of pop folksy kind of music. If your gonna grab people attention, starting off with songs like this, will always draw you in, that what I think anyway. Why You Coming Around shows off her vocals, the lyrics and musicianship. I love the way the way the guitar sounds and I love the use of the slide guitar. It’s a nice touch as is the use of the backing vocals. Make Up Your Mind is also another winner, the way the guitar sounds, the musicianship and the vocals. It draws you in and moves you at the same time. Fallen Back In is the ballad track off the album. The use of the Violin is a nice touch, her vocals, lyrics and song writing shines. You can’t go past a good ballad and this is one of them. Home With You is another energetic pop, folksy, country type track. I love the energy of the track, the way the song is structured and performed. It’s a winner of a track. I’ll Sneak Away is another ballad the use the piano alongside her vocals just melds the track into something beautiful that you can’t take your ears away from. Love You All The Time let’s her vocals shine as it does the song writing and the production of the album. Can’t Help Believe is a nice tune that shows of her song writing, the use of male backing vocals. The musicianship is first rate and adds to the music. Look Like This has a dark haunting feel to the music. The way it is structured and performed, This is a good album, Sarah has got something going on here. It will be interesting to see what she does next. She got the talent to go places and this album will help her get there.

Claws & Organs

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Claws & Organs are a Melbourne doing some good stuff. Dave Crowe from the band kindly answered my questions. This is what he had to say about it all.

https://www.facebook.com/clawsandorgans

1. What was the inspiration for the up coming release?

People have remarked on an almost jilted style we have between Heather’s vocal style and my own. The double A side we’re putting out kind of demonstrates this a bit, almost like both sides of the same coin. Alphabetti Spaghetti is the more poppy side of it, whereas the next one will be a bit more visceral.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the release?

Heather took the lead on Alphabetti Spaghetti and had a very firm idea of how the bass and drums would drive the whole song along. The guitar parts mostly came out of experimenting what worked best over it, so it functions more as a flourish rather than part of the song’s backbone.

3. What was the recording process like for the release?

We worked with Neil Thomason at Head Gap for these tracks, which is the same for what we did with the last EP. We have a really good working relationship with him and we’re pretty willing to try out his suggestions because we know he has our best interests in mind. The lyrics for the song were finished just before recording them and there was a last minute change to the chorus vocals. We’re pretty happy with how it all turned out.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

We were a bit looser this time around, which obviously has its pros and cons. It definitely allowed us to play around with song structure and parts a lot more, but it does add an element of stress when you know it’s your own money you’re burning through. It wasn’t like we were writing entirely new material on the spot though, so I suppose we were pretty prepared.

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

I think working with Neil before built on the past experience, so we were a bit more comfortable with each other, so we could bounce suggestions a bit more freely without having to worry about anyone getting too precious about the songs. I suppose it was more collaborative this time around, and a lot of suggestions he made were things none of us would have considered, which have served the song very well.

6. What did you learn from recording the release that you will take away for future releases?

It mostly reinforced for me that trying out new things can definitely help a song. We haven’t played Alphabetti Spaghetti live, so it was very fresh and gave us a bit of licence to tinker with it more than we have with previous efforts. I think we also took away that we also sometimes knew what was best and that having a strong opinion on how to go about something is definitely a good thing in a studio environment.

7. Why do you think Melbourne has a such great music scene and why it is so fantastic to be involved and play in it?

There are a lot of people who just want to support bands. Be it venues, small labels, or punters. People get excited about the prospect of live music. It doesn’t seem to be the case all across Australia, and having played in different states, you really come to appreciate what you get in your own backyard.

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

It’s a pretty energetic live show, so we’re usually full of endorphins by the end of it. Nothing beats the feeling of getting a responsive audience.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

Nothing really, just the standard couple of drinks to help loosen up. I’m usually too busy frantically making sure everything is plugged in right and working.

10. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?

We’ll be putting out the second single from the double A side in a couple of months and then touring up the east coast in November. The record is coming out through newly formed LISTEN Records, so it should be good fun times!