It would be so nice

The Hol­i­days are set to cel­e­brate in the US ahead of their Groovin The Moo ap­pear­ance, writes Jade Kennedy

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

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

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