Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Forest Falls || Interview #2

The last time Forest Falls stopped by Love 'Em they'd just finished up their Australian East Coast tour to celebrate Heavy Hearted Girl. Now, they're back. With new music, upcoming tours and all the good things, really. And despite their busy schedule they've kindly dropped by for another chat.

It's so lovely to feature you guys on Love 'Em again! How's it been since the release of Heavy Hearted Girl?
Well,it's lovely to be feature in Love 'Em again, so big ups to you guys! We've been busy little bees since our East Coast Australian tour in late 2014 for [our] previous single, Heavy Hearted Girl. Having recorded and finalised our newest record, the Hounds EP, with folk legend Wayne Connolly, we concluded 2014 and entered 2015 supporting Canadian powerhouse band, The Paper Lions, playing a slot on the New Music Stage at St Kilda Fest, selling out Ding Dong Lounge supporting Woodlock, and sharing the stage with Melbourne folksters HUSKY. Somewhere in between all of this we found time to do a Tram Session, which was the most enjoyable thing ever!

I'm loving your new single Hounds, what's the story?
Hounds is essentially a script, or a dialogue, between a couple 'on the rocks' - it takes a step back and hears both sides. I think song writing can be one-sided a lot of the time, we wanted to put a different spin on a pretty classic idea. Musically, it's quite soulful. Hallet's bass line gives it a wicked groove - again we're just mixing it up, trying to create new sounds and grow, but still keep what we love.

The music video is so gorgeous; did you have much to do with the creative process? What's your role in the clip?
We did get pretty involved. There was a lot of to and fro with developing storyline and certain scenes making the final cut. We didn't want the clip to centre on the band so Jon ended up playing this omnipresent cameo type role. As the lyrics suggest, Jon is just watching a couple go through their relationship and even though he has the benefit of being objective and outside the relationship, it's still quite quite quite convoluted and messy - it isn't black and white. We're super stoked with it.

I hear you also have a new EP coming out in May. What can we expect?
More lush and polished sounds, but never over-produced. 'Our sound' is really coming to the fore in the new record. Our East Coast tour last year allowed us the opportunity to work really hard on nutting out some more beautiful and complex harmonies, so we've been jumping out of our shell - so to speak - and have been working our instrumentation around that. The songs now seem greater than the sum of their parts, which is an amazing feeling, but we've still put a lot of focus on making our live show an experience for our audience.

What was it like working with an ARIA winning producer? Do you feel any pressure working with someone with those credentials?
This was nothing short of a pivotal point for the band. You're right, Wayne has some brilliant credentials. But ultimately, he decided to record us. And that validation meant a huge amount to us as a band. Of course he has a reputation to live up to, and to think he must have seen something in us that he liked is a big push forward. Once Wayne said yes to us, we knew we were on to a good thing. It's one thing to believe wholeheartedly in what you're doing, but it's another to have eternal recognition for what you pour your heart and soul int. To share that with others is the best feeling in the world.

You guys have some pretty exciting shows coming u; will this be featuring your new EP?
Yep! We've been working the live set pretty hard. We have a lighting and sound team behind us now who know our sound - we pretty much regard them as the seventh and eight members of the band - which really helps with our confidence getting the new work up on stage. It's an amazing set, one that we feel really proud of, and the new material is just the icing on the cake!

How are you feeling about performing these songs live?
Last time we toured we didn't have Jamie (our drummer). We did it acoustically, allowing us to focus on the core of the songwriting and harmonies. This time around we have him back and with that comes a bucket load of energy; for both us onstage, and our audience! It's such a thrill to be on stage, all six people at once. It's quite the spectacle!

I love the harmonies in Forest Falls, how are these to perform live?
We feel vocals are a massive part of our performance, Our harmonies are part of our musical identity. This is reflected in rehearsals, so most weeks we'll have an acoustic vocal session and a live production session. We film our performances, we sing individually, we critique each other and Morgan McWaters (our sound engineer) really helps us out by working with us to shape our sounds both onstage and in the house so that they work perfectly live. We're always incorporating different vocal techniques into our sounds both onstage and in the house so they work perfectly live. We're always incorporating different vocal techniques into our rehearsals so we can carry off live the effect as we want it. It's a massive buzz singing roaring five-part harmonies onstage with your best buds!

Thanks so much for stopping by again!
It's totally our pleasure! Might we just mention that if readers want to hear more about our band, previous releases, upcoming tours, or even the pre-order the new Hounds EP, they can head straight to our website which has all the info. Thanks!