What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? What inspired the song title?
Tornado is one of those songs that was written very quickly, in one sitting, on acoustic guitar. I remember it was a wild and windy day, big mad gusts swirling around my house. I was worried about the branches breaking off the trees. It was pouring rain too, belting down on my tin roof. I live by a tidal river, and I was watching the water rise and hoping it wouldn’t flood. I was thinking about climate change and feeling sad and defeated. The song is about a crumbling relationship, that feeling of going round in circles and getting nowhere!
What ideas went into making the video and is there any story/message that you hope the video contains?
The Tornado video was made by Declan Sands (Pingle Pictures), he conceptualised the whole thing and I think he really nailed the mood of the song. It reflects the swirling melancholy, the lonely feeling when things are spinning out of control, and also the forces of nature we are powerless to control. Part of the story was also a reflection on lockdown, the empty feeling it left us with, trying to fill the void with hobbies but always feeling like something is missing.
If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? What artists/sources do you cite as influences?
Our sound was described by one reviewer as “intense, scorched, desert-like heat…like the sun beating down from its apogee at high noon…like late night noir”. I think that’s a pretty cool description of the sound of our debut EP. It was recorded during a scorching Australian heatwave, it was utterly intense. We probably fit into the Americana /indie folk genre. So many artists have inspired and influenced our work include Mazzy Star, Cowboy Junkies, Neil Young, Yo La Tango, Grouper, Duster, Bill Callahan, Low, Nick Cave, Gram Parsons… to name a few!
What have been your career highlights so far? What is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
Our career highlight to date has definitely been putting out our debut EP. Like a lot of artists we struggled with lockdowns and trying to get things done, it was a sweet moment to get it across the line. On our bucket list is 2 more records. The debut EP is one of 3 planned records. It would be great to get out of lockdown long enough to play a few nice shows too!
If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would it be for and why? What would be your dream live booking?
Playing support for Nick Cave, Bill Callahan or Neil Young would be beyond a dream! A chance to connect with them and their audiences, what a wonderful gig that would be. Having said that, an intimate gig in a small club is a beautiful thing.
What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
During this 5th lockdown I sorted out my record collection and reconnected with a lot of old and beautiful music. Ray Charles, Marianne Faithful, Buffalo Springfield, the Skatalites, the Ethiopians, Desmond Decker, Bright Black Morning Light. And a lot of jazz. More recent sounds I’ve been enjoying includes Sault, they are putting out some great tunes. There’s a lot of great music out there right now. The only suggestion I would make to people seeking fresh sounds is to listen to the radio! Ditch commercial radio and tune into public radio.
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