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Fresh Fruit: Horror My Friend

Horror My Friend

Horror My Friend

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Triple J Unearthed

What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
When we started, we struggled over a band name for aaaaages. We didn’t even make a shortlist of names to choose from because we couldn’t think of any. Eventually Tom came up with Horror My Friend, and we went with it. We worry sometimes that people think we are deathcore band. So yeah, to clarify, we are not a deathcore band… Not that there is anything wrong with playing in a deathcore band.

Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We are all from Adelaide, South Australia. I guess the number one landmark is the Mall’s Balls. They are pretty remarkable. Standing at 4m tall, the structure is simply two stainless steel balls stacked on top of one another. Each ball has a diameter of 2.15m. Also another favourite landmark of ours is the guy that stands outside his apartment and sinks West End tinnies all day erryday near Castle Plaza.

Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Tom Gordon (vocals, guitar, bass, stage banter, can do this whack thing where he can make the skin on his scalp move. He complements this feat with a weird facial expression – wide eyes, bared teeth. It’s truly stunning, and creepy, but more stunning than creepy); Sam Kolensikaz (drums, puns, loves a chat and can pretty much talk about any subject for an indefinite amount of time, while still having time to chat to everyone. He also has really great eyeballs and when he looks at stuff it appears to be blurry – his vision is so good he has to wear glasses so he can see normally); Josh Battersby (bass, guitar, vocals, alls asleep anywhere at anytime. He’s also a ginger and his freckles are getting very close to overlapping one another and forming a giant freckle. Not really a super power, but definitely noteworthy).

Name your three biggest influences.
I can’t speak for the other guys, but Sonic Youth is a big one. Another fave is Metz; we saw them last week, it was such a sweaty show. Lastly, a band called Goon Wizard. They are a local band from Adelaide comprised of a bunch of young’uns. I guess they are kinda punk but incorporate mathy elements with really punchy vocals. Also they have a good name. I wish we could trade names with them.

What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
We are massive Bold and The Beautiful fans, so thats always a hot topic for conversation during prac break.

What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
The real struggle is getting to load in/soundcheck on time. So I guess our routine is just rushing everywhere and then power chowing down dinner.

Tell us about your most memorable show.
We were lucky enough to support The Cribs a couple of years back. We have been major fans of that band for years and it turns out the Jarman brothers are super down-to-earth and rad! We had a fierce 8-ball comp after the show – Tom and I lost the final game as Tom prematurely sunk the 8-ball. As a consequence, we had to drink beers from our shoes.

What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
We have all been listening to lots of Title Fight over the last couple of years, it would be great to open for them one time. They have a great stage presence, particularly Ned [Russin, bass, vocals] and I guess nothing beats seeing bands enjoying what they are doing.

What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Gold Class – It’s You.

What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
We released our debut album in late January named Stay In, Do Nothing. Our songs may suck, but you should still buy the album because the vinyl looks rad, and that’s what making music is all about – getting your songs pressed on cool looking vinyl.

If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Sam: OPSM; Tom: Any company that makes Chapstick; Josh: Colgate (has gingivitis).

Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
I honestly have never thought we are going to make it. But if we do make it, it will be because we persevere in the face of adversity and have good manners.

Who has the best beard in rock?
Reverend Ray Dalfsen.

Check out Horror My Friend’s new video for “Stay In” below!

Horror My Friend Tour Dates

Wednesday February 10th – Rad, Wollongong (18+)
Details: Facebook Event

Thursday February 11th – Phoenix Bar, Canberra (18+)
Details: Facebook Event

Friday February 12th – Blackwire, Sydney (AA)
Details: Facebook Event

Saturday February 13th – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane (18+)
Details: Facebook Event

Friday February 19th – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury (18+)
Details: Facebook Event

Saturday February 20th – Hyperfest, Perth (AA)
Details: Facebook Event

Sunday February 21st – The Bird, Perth (18+)
Details: Facebook Event

Friday February 26th – The Old Bar, Melbourne (18+)
Details: Facebook Event

Saturday February 27th – Karova Lounge, Ballarat (18+)
Details: Facebook Event

Friday April 1st – Jive Bar, Adelaide (18+)
Details: Facebook Event

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