Lyrics from the heart bond band

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HUSKY Gawenda – front­man for Melbourne band Husky – knows there is noth­ing quite like the unique cre­ation of live mu­sic and the spe­cial mo­ment it pro­duces be­tween an au­di­ence and a mu­si­cian.

‘‘It is that feel­ing that this ex­act mo­ment will never hap­pen again,’’ Gawenda says.

‘‘A live show should be dif­fer­ent to an al­bum. Peo­ple come to see a live show, not press play and hear an al­bum.’’

While Husky have worked hard to re­fine their live per­for­mance, Gawenda says there is al­ways an ex­per­i­men­tal side to their shows.

‘‘It’s a one-off thing, which makes it a spe­cial mo­ment that is shared be­tween us,’’ he says.

‘‘It takes a lit­tle bit of courage, but we like to un­plug our in­stru­ments and go out into the au­di­ence and play a song.

‘‘We don’t know how that will go, and if the au­di­ence will stay quiet enough, but it’s those mo­ments that are ex­cit­ing and unique, and that’s what we search for as a band.’’

Husky’s de­but al­bum, For­ever So, was re­leased last Oc­to­ber. It’s a stun­ning col­lec­tion of songs that echo the di­verse in­flu­ences from all mem­bers of the band.

Full of haunt­ing lyrics and rolling rhythms, Gawenda says his writ­ing process is a soli­tary one.

‘‘I grew up writ­ing songs and po­etry, and I like to write on my own,’’ he says.

‘‘I will bring songs to the rest of the band and we flesh it out to­gether. It works re­ally well.

‘‘A song that starts up a cer­tain way can end up quite dif­fer­ently.’’

Gawenda says for him, lyrics are the heart of a song.

‘‘My old man is a journo and my mum is an English teacher, so grow­ing up in my house meant words were very im­por­tant,’’ he says.

‘‘Lyri­cal artists like Leonard Co­hen and Bob Dy­lan are big in­flu­ences for me. Lyrics are very im­por­tant so I try the best I can.’’

Husky re­cently re­turned from an over­seas tour where they played five shows at South By South­west in Austin, Texas, and 17 shows in Ger­many.

‘‘It was huge, full of all sorts of shows and ex­pe­ri­ences,’’ Gawenda says.

‘‘We spent a few weeks in Ger­many with a Ger­man band play­ing towns and cities, it was wild and in­ter­est­ing.’’

Hav­ing filled sup­port slots for the likes of Devendra Ban­hart, Noah and the Whale, Kim­bra, Jinja Sa­fari and Go­tye, Gawenda says the band’s suc­cess in 2011 was ‘‘kind of un­ex­pected’’.

‘‘It felt like it came from nowhere, things took off and snow­balled. We were swept up into a whirl­wind,’’ he says.

‘‘We sup­ported some great Aussie artists and in­ter­na­tion­als as well. It’s hard to get those shows and it was a good ap­pren­tice­ship for us.

‘‘We played a lot of shows where the au­di­ences were al­ready there.

‘‘Now we are at the point that we can play our own shows and do our own tours and give bands the op­por­tu­nity to get on the road. We hand­picked The Trou­ble With Tem­ple­ton be­cause we take this tour se­ri­ously. We want it to be a good night of mu­sic.’’

Husky and The Trou­ble With Tem­ple­ton play The Soundlounge, Currumbin RSL, to­mor­row night.

Melbourne band Husky (from left) Gideon Preiss, Husky Gawenda, Evan Tweedie and Luke Collins.

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