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Love Like Hate

Love Like Hate are an exciting new Aussie band I discovered who are a post punk band, with a sound described as dark pop.  Like what I heard so an interview was a must so read on.

http://www.lovelikehate.com.au

1. How did the band form?

Sonja and I have known each other for a very long time (13 years), though stylistically we’re so different, we had never put anything together.  Though one night over a bottle of wine, some friends and a lounge room jam we musically got together.  

I was throwing around the idea of playing in a band with the friends over that night but Sonja got up and started knocking out these keys to a piece I had written just for fun and I loved it.  So I shelved the other project with the other guys and Sonja and I became a writing ensemble.

We just fused together all the things we liked about each other’s style and went form there.  I had this warped ballad approach to music and Sonja this short static typing style of play.  It took quite awhile for us to find confidence and cohesiveness in the sounds we were making together, and then we finally started playing live mid last year.

2. Where has been your favorite place to play so far?

Rics Bar – Fortitude Valley.  It is such an intimate and iconic Brisbane live music venue that always has great crowds and good sound!

3. Who have you enjoyed playing with recently?

Probably ‘Planet Love Sound’ at the X&Y Bar, because we had never seen them live and didn’t know what to expect and then we really loved their performance.

4. What was the inspiration for the song 21?

The original inspiration behind 21 was one night when I went out and became disillusioned by the scene I was in at the time, where it was just all about being seen rather than anything deeper.

5. What inspires the band when writing music?

Sonja and I on a whole usually write separately.  So one will come to the other with music or lyrics, though there is the odd occasion when we will be talking about something and it goes from there.  It is usually the big, deep or dark thoughts that inspire, rather than the happy or bright ones! Ha!

6. What is the EP Rabbit Hole about?

The EP is a varied storytelling of our pasts and presents. Its a snapshot of our different styles of writing and travels through different paces of songs ranging from love to death and just general life.

7. How has social media helped the band?

Social media has been excellent in being able to network further than your backyard and that of your neighbors with an armful of photocopied posters!  

8. How did the recording process for the album go?

As Lachlan is in Sydney and we are based in Brisbane, we recorded over three different stages.  We would save a little and then fly down… so the entire process was completed over almost a year but it allowed us to record with a very talented (and patient) producer who we found that we musically gelled with and Lachlan gave us a lot of confidence to create something that was true to the sound of our music.

9. What is next for the band?

We have an east coast tour in August/ September  including a Brisbane EP launch and then we are talking about recording our first album. Then hopefully with that we can get ourselves overseas to tour.

10. If you could have any body in a video clip who would it be?

I would have V aka Guy Fawkes (V for Vendetta) with the mask, cloak and daggers doing something crazy or just drinking coffee, through a straw of course, due to the mask.  Sonja would have Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, thats two!

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