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Interview – Heaps Good Friends + Stream

Stream ‘I Could Eat A Full Packet of Yo Yo’s’ below.

Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)

Nick here. Our band is Heaps Good Friends and I’m a co-writer/producer/bassist.

How did the band start?

I’ve known Emma for ages. We met over 10 years ago on a creative youth arts project in Port Pirie SA where she grew up. We spent 4 days recording sounds, making stop frame animations and eventually recording her first demo in the the K wing of an old dilapidated Gaol. It was a special time and we bonded real good. Since then we’ve had a handful of writing and production adventures. She finally moved back to Oz after years overseas and a few writing sessions crystalised into Heaps Good Friends.

How would you describe your band?

It’s fun and vulnerablising. Lyrically Emma is bringing pools of words that are the embarrassing, anxiety filled, personal oddities we all struggle with and dives head first into them. Sonically we’re just doing what feels good, no stress, no rules. The song writing process is, so far, fast and liberating. When gigs started coming we found beautiful Dan as if he was a gift from the fairies of fun. He is super duper fun and an amazing emotional guide. As I type this I wonder if we materialised him with previously mentioned band ingredients.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

Oooooh trickeeeeee. I was gonna say ‘Lets Hug Longer’ because it clearly struck the largest chord with people. It’s super fun, like all good songs it wrote itself, it’s got a clear love message, all the Heaps Good stuff. BUUUT….our earlier stuff had this very slow moody almost eerie 80s thing…Twin Peaksy almost. I reckon that weird uncomfy vibe was the vulnerable yang to our current fun ying. Like our dark side of the moon, rationalizing the light side….ya dig?

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

Who cares! Pick up an instrument! Surely it’s funner having the whole world singing Kumbahyah than one virtuoso shredding in the corner? Music is an everyday food and we’re lucky to be in a time where it’s everywhere, readily available.

Although….having said that I’ve been interested in why certain songs works better for right now than other songs. I’m thinking it’s more about the society and culture the song appears in and whether it fits. Like a cultural lock with a song key. Songs of all key-kinds are written everyday, but social/cultural locks are slower evolvers and mysterious.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

I would love for people to enjoy hearing our songs. Hey our new single I could eat a full packet of Yo Yo’s just got added to FBI radio in Sydney which is killer and Triple J have been super rad to play our tracks this year. There’s a few tracks on unearthed (that initiative is incredible and the team that work there are dope) Also our released singles are available on Spotify/iTunes etc

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?

Yep gotta few shows coming up, Hyperfest in WA, The Grampians Music Festival in VIC (beeaaauutfil camping jam) and Hot Dub Wine Machine in SA. We’re sorta in low key mode finishing off our EP/videos in prep for release and national tour early 2018.

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?

Oohhh gotta couple. Hearing that Let’s Hug Longer had got added to triple j rotation was amazing. We wrote and recorded, mixed and mastered that at my humble home studio and had a ball doing it. It was a nugget of fun between mates and watching it turn into one of the J’s top ten played tracks for 2017 is a massive pile of affirmation that yeah, you’re alright mate. In fact it gave us so much of that, that we’re going to tour the country and give our excess you’re alright mate to anyone that wants some…or is physically near us in any way.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

world changing South Sudanese rapper Dyspora,
moody indie pop princess MANE
and scarily good indie rock writing team Pinkish Blu

Anything Else you’d like to add?

Oh yeah. We had the SA Music Awards the other night and I LOVE our community. Oh Boy. It is so nice to be in a mode of recognition and awarded with a room of maximum legends who give their lives to ensure the world has music. I know everyone that attended any state music awards would feel similarly. Aus music rules and we’re delighted to be a part of the gang delivering. Bang on!