Never say never for Killing Heidi

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE - Daniel Mcken­zie daniel.mcken­zie@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

IF ELLA Hooper has learnt one ma­jor les­son from the re­birth of sem­i­nal 90s rock band Killing Heidi, it’s to never say never.

Af­ter a cap­i­tal city tour in June to cel­e­brate the band’s 20th an­niver­sary, Hooper – who had gone on record to say Killing Heidi was dead and buried in the years fol­low­ing their 2006 break-up – said she had got­ten it “so wrong”.

“I’m just a bit of an id­iot and fa­mous for mak­ing big state­ments and go­ing back on them,” Hooper told Tweed Daily News.

“I gen­uinely didn’t see a time where it would feel good and nat­u­ral, but cut to a few years later, I’d done what­ever growth nec­es­sary to be (in a place) where it was like, ‘that isn’t a bad idea’. I got it so wrong about this and how it would feel.”

Rock­ing out to rave reviews, Hooper said she was lov­ing re­cre­at­ing the for­mer ver­sion of her­self who burst onto the scene as a 13-year-old from the tiny vil­lage of Vi­o­let Town in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

The dread­locks, eye­brow ring and shiny two-piece out­fits are firmly con­signed to the past, but Hooper, 33, said she now re­alised the teen who took the coun­try by storm af­ter the re­lease of Killing Heidi favourites Weir and Mas­cara (1999), and num­ber-one de­but al­bum Re­flec­tor (2000), was still an essen­tial part of her.

“I’ve re­alised I’m not the same per­son, but you are the same per­son in a way. It’s a con­tin­uum and you haven’t com­pletely changed,” she said.

“I needed to prove to my­self as a solo artist and not just be the chick from Killing Heidi, but I al­ways will be, so at this stage of my life, why not.

“I’ve been able to in­cor­po­rate back into it, and I’m en­joy­ing get­ting into that char­ac­ter again, but I couldn’t get into it be­fore the time was right.

“I wouldn’t want to live her life all day, but for one hour on stage, it’s fine.”

The early naugh­ties be­longed to Killing Heidi, with mul­ti­ple tracks land­ing in the top 20 of Triple J’s Hottest 100 and the out­fit tak­ing four ARIA awards, earn­ing four-times plat­inum sta­tus as well as an APRA song­writ­ers of the year award.

Fast-for­ward to 2017 and Hooper, along with brother Jesse (gui­tar), long-term drum­mer Adam Pe­dretti, and new mem­bers James Gil­li­gan (bass) and Lena Dou­glas (key­boards), are hit­ting the road with a re­gional tour, which takes in 11 dates from now un­til Novem­ber.

While their time on the road is a far cry from the wild days of their orig­i­nal run, Hooper said they were en­joy­ing be­ing back in the sad­dle in a dif­fer­ent way.

“We were rat bags back in the day. Your teens are like your most party crazy years and we did it all on the road,” she said.

“Now we drink co­conut wa­ter. We’re so f ***** g funny now be­hind the scenes, and we’re so not rock and roll off stage any more.”

Hooper said the cur­rent tour, which came about or­gan­i­cally af­ter the suc­cess of their city run, had been a great op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect with fans old and new.

While un­sure of what the fu­ture holds for Killing Heidi, Hooper said the band was liv­ing for the now, and lov­ing it.

“We haven’t re­ally talked about more mu­sic, we’re fo­cussing on our (pre­vi­ous) mu­sic and mak­ing things work,” she said.

“We’re fol­low­ing the feel­ing and it’s great.

“I’ve loved play­ing live, re­con­nect­ing with fans, and work­ing with Jesse.

“We get along so well, and I’m try­ing to work on the er­ror of my ways, so never say never.”

PHOTOS: MICHELL GRACE HUNDER

NEVER SAY NEVER: Sem­i­nal 90s rock­ers Killing Heidi are well and truly back af­ter re­form­ing for the first time in a decade for city and re­gional tours. SIB­LINGS: Jesse and Ella Hooper Killing Heidi in 1996. formed

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