Love theme at heart of debut EP
Ho (pictured) hope to bypass the brain and head straight to their listeners’ hearts with their debut EP, Anywhere Else. The Brisbane indie-pop duo – Michael McAlary and Oliver Duncan – met in high school and started making music together two years ago. Duncan says the pair want to capture the feeling of experiencing love, rather than tell a story. ‘‘A lot of the songs on Anywhere Else are about girls, but it’s more psychedelic in lyrics and music,’’ he says. ‘‘At the end of the day, everyone wants to be accepted and known for who they really are. At the end of the day, we all want to be loved. Talking about girls is an easy way to think about all these things. Love hurts, but it also feels better than any drug.’’ Anywhere Else was recorded ‘‘all over the place’’, and Duncan says it’s what gives the EP a do-it-yourself flavour. ‘‘Some of it was done in bedrooms, some in a studio or home studio – wherever we could get the best sound,’’ he says. ‘‘We had unlimited time to keep working at it which means we were perfectionists. But it still had that unique DIY aesthetic at the forefront.’’ Gung Ho’s first single, Twin Rays, gave the duo their first taste of national radio play and earned them the opening spot at Harvest Festival in Brisbane last year. ‘‘Playing Harvest was a massive shock – we had only released the one single. We only played for 25 minutes,’’ says Duncan. ‘‘At a festival it’s about being on stage, you can’t just make noise. But we had a really good response and gained fans.’’ Gung Ho’s new single Strangers showcases the bands catchy guitar work, tight rhythm section and washed-out vocals. Duncan says the track has already been picked up by international bloggers. ‘‘It’s really cool, people in Texas or Mexico or Greece telling us they feel like they are in an Australian summer when they listen to it,’’ he says.
Gung Ho, The Ottomans, Moss on the Rocks and Driffs play the Cruel Summer Warehouse Party, 52 Dover Drive, Burleigh Heads, on Saturday night.