Tom Russo on holding on as things get weirder…
There’s been a lot of anticipation around the release of Hope Downs. what sort of pressure did that put on
you? We were aware that a decent amount of people would be paying attention to us for the first time. I don’t think it bothered us, though. We were more excited about the songwriting possibilities that a full-length can offer, being able to stretch out and make a point. The first two EPs were essentially collections of singles.
You recorded the album in an old house in the outback.
why? We’re most comfortable recording together in a room, which is the way we recorded the first two EPs, live in our practice space. Studio recording is a little sterile. We recorded in the Australian winter, when Melbourne is cold and miserable, so getting up north where it was warmer was definitely a factor. The house was in our drummer’s hometown, a beautiful part of the world. I think the atmosphere soaks through in the music in a subtle way. Hope Downs is the name of an iron-ore mine in outback Western Australia, a massive hole in the ground owned by Australia’s richest person.
Can you identify an overriding
theme to the songs? After all the songs were written, we realised that while they are about different things, there is a common aspect of small characters in a huge world, trying to find something to hold on to while the sands shift and things get weirder.