It would be so nice
The Holidays are set to celebrate in the US ahead of their Groovin The Moo appearance, writes Jade Kennedy
W hen I caught up with Simon Jones from Sydney band The Holidays the band were, ironically, on holidays.
‘‘ We’ve had a couple of weeks off, which has been nice,’’ Jones said.
‘‘ It has been a pretty crazy ride and we’re just getting ready to head over to the US before a string of shows around Australia, so a bit of a holiday was very much in order.’’
The Holidays formed in 2006, while Jones was studying economics at uni.
‘‘ Will ( Magnus) and I were best friends at school and started playing music together then,’’ he said.
‘‘ We met Alex ( Kortt) at uni he’d actually been a year under us at school – and we didn’t really know any other drummers, so he was it for us.’’
Jones said he ‘ pretty much’ finished his economics degree before changing career directions.
‘‘ I pretty much gave it the flick just before I finished,’’ he said.
‘‘ When we first started the band it took a while for things to happen, but when it started it just never stopped.’’
Jones, who is now 24, said the band took early influences from the garage revival bands of the late-’ 90s and early2000s.
‘‘ It seems like everyone was into the same stuff as us, like The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand,’’ he said.
‘‘ But we’ve gone from the guitar-heavy style of two guitars, bass and drums to experimenting with our sound, and now we don’t really have any set instrument structure.
‘‘ Our influences have changed quite a lot, since we started the band there’s been little focus on anything but music.
‘‘ Now we can touch on a broader range of music and styles because our minds aren’t so narrow now in terms of what we consider good music, we can now listen to and appreciate things like jazz, and incorporate that into our own music.’’
Jones said the band’s latest writing process was ‘ kind of strange.’
‘‘ I’ve always written most of the songs in the traditional way, with a guitar or piano in my bedroom,’’ he said.
‘‘ With the new record ( Post Paradise) we took samples of drums, then put other percussion over that, then started learning the drum line, then added a melody and vocals.
‘‘ When it came to finishing the songs off, we basically layered everything on then slowly took elements off until we had the effect we were after.
‘‘ We produced it ourselves and recorded it ourselves, which was a long and painstaking process, but the end result is something we’re all happy with, and it allowed us the time to layer the tracks and experiment a bit.’’
The band will soon be winging its way to the annual South by Southwest ( SXSW) conference in Texas.
‘‘ It was weird, we’re still not too sure how it all happened, but suddenly we were shipping EPs to Arkansas and these random places in the United States and couldn’t understand why,’’ Jones said. ‘‘ We heard that one of the national radio stations had picked up our songs from MySpace and were playing them.’’
The Holidays will return to Australia to take part in the Groovin The Moo regional tour. >> Groovin The Moo is at Murray Sports Complex on Sunday 1 May. Tickets are $ 99.90 plus booking fee from www. moshtix. com. au