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Q&A w/ Death On Holiday

How was your high school experience? Were you in a band?

Jake: yeah we’ve all played together in high school before , that’s sorta how this came about really.
Robbo: …except me
Jake: Oh yeah except Rob. He didn’t go to school with us, the odd one out haha.

Does your music have consistent lyrical themes or do they change from song to song?

Jake: Hmm living next to the beach my whole life has definitely influenced the lyrics and I always try and keep the subject matter a bit depressing. I’m envious of how punk, metal and hard core bands can just let loose with some primal emotion and I try to emulate that release of feelings.

Without invoking genre, describe your music…

Dylan: uh.. Kinda sad, but also happy.
Jake: Yeah that’s fair haha. It’s like crying by the beach whilst drinking a margarita – scenic, yet miserable!

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

Jake: My mum always used to listen to artists like Elvis and Roy Orbison when I was growing up. Bugged me as a kid, but I’ve since grown to admire them and has definitely been an influence.
Dylan: Red Hot Peppers and Blink 182 have been a massive influence on my drumming.
Rob: I dig a lot of rockabilly and old swing jazz, which would go into my bass playing.
Phil: Uh.. I can’t think right now of anyone haha. Probably just like all the sax you’d hear in 80s tunes, definitely needs to make a come back.

Have you ever tried to learn a new instrument or technique and just flat out failed at it?

Phil: Well, I used to be on piano but then got moved to saxophone.
Rob: Yeah but that’s cause you’re a way better sax player and also, it looks cooler.
Jake: This is true, sax is the cooler of the two instruments.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

Jake: We’re keeping it local for now, opening for Caravãna Sun on 29th March at Narrabeen RSL then a gig at another local pub the following week. We’re yet to explore the rest of Sydney but are bloody keen to get into it.

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

Speakeasy, Milo Viti and Belle Badi. They’re all great really talented guys. All from different genres but the one thing they all share is the ability to write really catchy songs.

Anything Else to share?

Jake: We’re just getting started but hope to be playing soon in your area! There’s a big adventure ahead and we’re getting ourselves ready to brave the sea of venues.


Death On Holiday play Narrabeen RSL with Caravana Sun this Thursday, March 29th @ Narrabeen RSL.