Lyrics from the heart bond band
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.