Get to know home-grown band In­terim since their rise to fame

FOUNDED AT A TOOWOOMBA HIGH SCHOOL, HOME-GROWN BAND IN­TERIM HAS RISEN TO FAME, RE­CENTLY RE­LEAS­ING ITS DE­BUT AL­BUM ES­CAPISM

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY CLARE STANDFAST

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rk to your strengths, know what you want and try to spend a lot of time fo­cus­ing on own­ing the day you’re in rather than the whole jour­ney as a mu­si­cian.

When drum­mer and per­cus­sion­ist Matt Hol­londs was 15, he prob­a­bly didn’t think his grand idea of start­ing a band in Toowoomba would lead to fame.

He roped his friend, James Bas­nett, into learn­ing gui­tar, and Alec Snow into learn­ing to sing.

Their high-school band was born in the Gar­den City.

When the band, In­terim, moved to Brisbane, their friends, bas­sist Jock Hous­ton and gui­tarist Lachy Becke joined.

With a mod­ern rock take on blues and a big dose of heavy soul, In­terim is shak­ing up the Syd­ney mu­sic scene in a big way, but it hasn’t for­got­ten its be­gin­nings in the mu­sic scene.

“Pretty well ev­ery­one but Lachy taught them­selves how to play,” Jock says.

“Lachy got hooked on Queen at an early age and went through teach­ers and jazz de­grees and has a work ethic like no one else when it comes to gui­tar.

“I had a mu­si­cal fam­ily and was singing and play­ing gui­tars and bass all through school, and Matt lived at Murphy’s Creek on a small prop­erty, so smash­ing out drums just seemed the right in­stru­ment for him.

“Alec’s fam­ily was mas­sively into the mu­sic of the ’50s and ’60s and Alec has been all about soul, clas­sic blues and rock’n’roll since.”

Af­ter the boys moved from Toowoomba to Brisbane and stud­ied var­i­ous de­grees, they con­tin­ued to play all around south-east Queens­land.

Front­man Alec grad­u­ated his course and was of­fered an act­ing gig on Home and Away, prompt­ing him to move to Syd­ney in 2014.

A year later, the rest of the band joined him, and they’ve been liv­ing and play­ing lo­cally in Syd­ney since.

In that time In­terim has had three na­tional tours and cre­ated more than 100 demos, 12 video clips and their de­but al­bum which was re­leased in Septem­ber.

“Es­capism is the cul­mi­na­tion of our band’s jour­ney over 10 years as a bunch of young blokes who tend to move cities a lot,” Jock says.

“The writ­ing process tracks back to five years ago and it’s the first time we’ve worked with a pro­ducer in the stu­dio for a re­lease rather than record­ing and mix­ing ev­ery­thing our­selves.

“We re­leased the al­bum through a track and video clip ev­ery month over 2017, which hasn’t been done be­fore around the world and was a mas­sive learn­ing process for us lo­gis­ti­cally — to­tal night­mare, but cool!”

In­terim has found the tran­si­tion from a high-school band to fame on the big stage ex­cit­ing and com­pli­cated.

“We were able to leapfrog quite a lot of the neb­u­lous stuff in get­ting into the lo­cal mu­sic scene by hav­ing it to­gether al­ready and liv­ing to­gether and catch­ing a lot of other bands’ shows, but it’s only been this year that the big­ger Syd­ney op­por­tu­ni­ties have been start­ing to come our way — things like play­ing at the Ox­ford Arts Fac­tory, or Frankie’s Pizza’s fifth birth­day in De­cem­ber, or cre­at­ing re­la­tion­ships with MOSHCAM and Young Hen­rys,” Jock re­calls.

“So much of it only comes around when you’re rid­ing the hype cy­cle of mu­sic re­leases and pub­lic­ity cam­paigns which are mas­sive money out­lays for video clips and PR and record­ing ex­penses that you are kind of sit­ting there hop­ing some­thing big­ger comes from it all, and we’ve been lucky.

“I say lucky even though there’s thou­sands of hours of be­hind-the-scenes work that goes into cre­at­ing and

in­de­pen­dently re­leas­ing an al­bum... It nearly broke me, but (we have been) lucky enough that we’ve had quite a bunch of de­cent things come our way off the back of that.”

While In­terim has found that per­sis­tence and pa­tience are a huge part of its suc­cess, be­ing an in­de­pen­dent band comes with tak­ing care of a huge num­ber of tasks.

“My job ti­tle in­cludes the eas­i­est and hard­est parts of be­ing in a band – play­ing bass and man­age­ment. Bass is great – a sim­ple in­stru­ment that I love... Man­age­ment is not,” Jock says.

“Your day be­comes a check­list of new mu­sic, book­ings, pub­lish­ing, PR, so­cial me­dia, re­hearsals, pos­ter­ing, de­sign, video clips, mer­chan­dise, web­site, the list goes on...

“In the few months lead­ing up to the al­bum re­lease it got so bad that I had to quit my full-time job just to man­age ev­ery­thing that needed to be done.”

The hum­ble men of In­terim have found that while their suc­cess has been won­der­ful, it hasn’t come eas­ily — but as­pir­ing mu­si­cians should en­deav­our to be a part of it.

“Hit us up if you want to chat about it (join­ing the in­dus­try)... start­ing a new lo­cal band in this day and age and mak­ing it work is one of the hard­est slogs you’ll come across.

“Love cre­at­ing mu­sic but strug­gle to get a bunch of other de­cent, like­able, com­mit­ted and tal­ented peo­ple around you to do it? Learn how to do stuff on­line and start cre­at­ing what­ever you want in Able­ton or a bunch of other plat­forms.

“Love per­form­ing mu­sic but hate writ­ing or com­pos­ing? Get into cover gigs or Djing, there’s a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to do that.

“Love play­ing one in­stru­ment and noth­ing but that? Great, study mu­sic or be­come a ses­sion/tour­ing mu­si­cian or play in a bunch of lo­cal bands.

“Hell, be­come a Youtube or Twitch hit if you want!

“Work to your strengths, know what you want and try to spend a lot of time fo­cus­ing on own­ing the day you’re in rather than the whole jour­ney as a mu­si­cian.”

De­spite a string of huge suc­cesses, the five young men haven’t for­got­ten where they came from.

“Toowoomba will al­ways be spe­cial to us,” Jock adds.

“There’s a lot of things we rem­i­nisce on about Toowoomba: the fog in win­ter, rolling over the trees that line so many of the roads is some­thing you re­ally come to miss.

“Toowoomba’s also gone through a bit of a makeover since we lived there eight years ago.

“The street art has added a nice lit­tle touch of Ber­lin to our town, though it’s sad to see the live mu­sic scene has re­ally strug­gled with a lack of venues and spa­ces over the past few years.

“Luck­ily The Spot­ted Cow is do­ing big­ger and bet­ter things each year.”

In terms of what’s next for In­terim, the guys are keen to re­lax — for now.

“To be frank, we’re kind of ex­hausted from it and need to un­wind,” Jock says.

“We’ve got a few big shows planned but we’re go­ing un­der­ground for a while to work on other mu­si­cal projects, and Alec’s got some theatre gigs.”

Look­ing back, these down-to-earth mu­si­cians have em­braced the rise to fame so far.

“It’s been an amaz­ing part of our lives, we’ve learned so many things and met so many awe­some peo­ple.

“Alot of the time it can be pretty tough on the old men­tal health, liver and lungs, but a lot of our favourite mem­o­ries are of cre­at­ing or play­ing our mu­sic.”

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