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Fresh Fruit: Safe Hands

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Safe Hands

Fresh Fruit

Triple J Unearthed

What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
We played our unofficial first show under the name Dangeresque. Really puts a timestamp on how old the band is, given that it’s a Homestar Runner reference.

Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
Newcastle, and probably the Queens Wharf Tower – commonly referred to as “the big penis”.

Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Ben on vocals, Anthony and Josh on guitars, Gareth on bass and Isaac on drums. Our collective superpower is to be a band for almost ten years and still make it into “fresh music” sections. We’re like Australia’s most low-key Voltron.

Name your three biggest influences.
Too many to name, really, but our current sound has been described as “La Dispute meets Thrice meets The Hotelier,” so for the time being, we’ll go with them.

What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Usually something about rehearsing faster so we can all go home to bed. We’re old souls (ie. people with jobs).

What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Screaming at each other over too-loud house music about what the agreed upon setlist was, which is then hastily scrawled onto a napkin or other flat surface.

Tell us about your most memorable show.
We had the pleasure of supporting Converge in 2013 at the Manning Bar. Incredible show, but mostly memorable due to Anthony nearly knocking himself out after tripping over a microphone lead before he could even pick up his guitar.

What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
If Thursday kept their reunion going and came back to Australia, it’d be an absolute dream to share the stage with them. We once went through their entire discography on a long van trip and changed all their song titles to puns about cricket. We’re quietly confident we could “pitch” them some ideas for a new stage show.

What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Heat Island by Hoodlum Shouts. They deserve to be as revered as Midnight Oil.

What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Our new album, Tie Your Soul To Mine is out September 23rd through Lost Boy Records, and you should buy it because we all have very low self-esteem and desperately crave validation. Also, because there’s a bunch of good songs on there that we’re very proud of and should satisfy all realms of rock listener.

If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Black Ivory Coffee – mainly because the beans cost a fortune, but also because they’ve been filtered through a goddamn elephant.

Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
All other contenders in said arena are suddenly struck down by dysentery and/or the zika virus.

Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Going to have to keep it local and toss it up between Drew Gardner of Totally Unicorn and Jamie Hay. Different styles, but they easily put all other contenders to shame.

Wrap your ears around Safe Hands’ latest single “The Great Affair” below!

Tie Your Soul To Mine is out September 23rd via Lost Boy Records
Grab a copy: Webstore | Bandcamp


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