Adelaide rockers, Horror My Friend have had one crazy year already touring nationally with rock legend Gyroscope and then travelling through New Zealand with Die!Die!Die! and continuing on with them back on home soil. The band also dropped their single 'Pavement', which has themes about gender inequality and the general state of the music industry, as well as talking about pursuing "unrealistic" careers. Marshall Cooper from Rabbit Radio had a chat to Tom Gordon about what we can expect next!
RR: G’day Tom!
Hey how’s it goin?
RR: Pretty good. You in Adelaide?
Yeah I’m just chillin’ at work at the moment.
RR: Sick. You’ve been workin’ hard, how was your tour last month?
Yeah it was good man. Pretty full on, pretty tired, but goin’ alright now so it’s all sweet. We did a tour in New
Zealand and Australia with Die! Die! Die!. They’re like one of our favourite bands of all time! That’s the tour we did in support of the new single, we were just doing a support tour with Die! Die! Die! in Australia and in New Zealand. They were both really good. It was rad to get overseas and do some shows that were actually really well attended and had really good crowds and stuff like that. It was really awesome, really enjoyed it.
RR: I always hear good things about NZ. The new single is really cool, talk a little bit about Pavement for me.
That was one that we put out a little while ago, we’ve been playing it for ages and it has always had a really good reception. Usually we try to put out a poppier song but we thought fuck it, let’s put out a heavier song that people seem to like live and the response to it was really good.
RR: The video was really rad. How did that all start out?
We were working on that with one of our mates from Adelaide called Liam Sommervile and Aaron Chippin aswell. So there’s a couple of videographers here in Adelaide and they always do great clips. So we were just to find something that looked cool but was also was kind of weird and out there and stuff like that. We try not to take ourselves too seriously and I think that kinda shows in the videoclip.
RR: They done clips for any bands you like?
They’ve done a bunch in Adelaide. I reckon that might of done one for BAD//DREAMS, I’m not quite sure, I know they did one for West Thebarton so yeah a few bands. They’re really good yeah.
RR: The symbolism was heavy for me with the girl being an outsider in the video.
I suppose it’s supposed to be a kind of a comment on the way the music industry works at the moment and how it’s very much like a big boys club, you know what I mean. We were trying to make a comment on that without it being too obvious and too heavy handed, ya know?
RR: Is it the more you’re in the industry, the more this behaviour gets really apparent?
Yeah, I mean I remember we went to Big Sound late last year and someone I used to work with came up to me. This is a pretty key example of it. She manages a band in Adelaide doing quite well for themselves, they’re up and coming and they’re looking at prospects for labels. She went over there specifically to talk to some certain label to get an offer on the table, and a representative of that label kept on sexually harassing her when they were out at night and stuff like that and it kind of ruined the whole experience for her. She wasn’t really able to talk to that label at all and that’s the tip of the iceberg. And I think a lot of dudes will be like, “Aw nah it’s not that bad”, but if you’re an industry professional or a musician you don’t actually have to deal with that at all as a dude. You don’t have to deal with some creepy guy trying to hit on you when all you’re trying to do is like develop your career, or develop the career of your artists or whatever. So I dunno, I think it’s more apparent in Australia and a wider community than people think aswell.
RR: Bunnings snag guys everywhere.
Yeah man. And I think like you just assume the arts community is a bit more progressive but you know, there are a lot of creeps out there too.
RR: It’s good to get this message out there, and try and get this behaviour over with.
I think the more you talk about it the better. You see it more and more nowadays people get outed and stuff like that for doing what they do. That’s got to at least help stop that from being a problem in the future. It’s definitely still a problem now.
RR: Too many Jeckyls. What’s coming up later this year?
The album is getting mastered today actually so that’s pretty much done. Pretty stoked to be finally getting that out there, and just more touring.
RR: Are you mastering with Studio 301?
We’re actually going with someone different this time, we’re going with Rick O’Neil from Turtle Rock. He’s done a lot of stuff for Hockey Dad, we’re managed by the same dude as Hockey Dad and he was like, “Nah nah you’ve got to give this guy a go” and he mastered Pavement and that was really good.
RR: Do you know when this new album drops?
Not quite sure yet but we’ll put something out about it soon.
Lots to look forward to. Congrats on the position at Music SA aswell. Thanks for the interview today!
Have a good one!