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Hercules in NY
Daft Punk, New Order, Depeche Mode
Hercules in NY are a dance-pop-electro outfit from Melbourne. Their dancefloor notions catalyze with pop ambitions and the precipitate is just fun.
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Interview: 23 June 2008
Describe your music:
Bittersweet dance-pop. Like what happens to a toad when it is struck by lightning.
What is your music making process?
We bliss out on green tea and hone our collective spirit with a litany of Steven Seagal films. Different films help with different song styles... If we are feeling in the mood for a nice uptempo number, we might chuck on "Half Past Dead", but a more soul-searching number requires the inspiration of something like "Out For Justice" where Seagal's passion for his murdered partner, Bobby Lupo, is unparalleled.
How do your live gigs work?
Picture and empty stage, illuminated by the hopes and fears of a jittery crow d. Enter us, strolling on stage with the bluster and swagger of a successful 16 year-old after the year 10 social. We might test the instruments to see if all is working... we might not... that's just a risk we're prepared to take. We'll play and we'll dance while we play. Poorly. But it's still dancing and that's all that counts. And if the crowd looks like they are having a more enjoyable time than we are, we kick it up a notch; play a bit louder, dance a bit harder and set the bar for the audience to keep up to. The day the audience out-moves us, we'll quit. That's how we roll.
Do you have side projects?
Antonio is currently trying to invent a new barbeque shape. Marto collects exhibitions. Simon paints what happened tomorrow, and Mark looks but doesn't see. Seriously though; Ant, Si and Marto have strange musical dealings with Norbert Oliviér, a bit of a crooning gollum round these parts. And Ant and Marto do the odd bedroom DJing as Le Samurai Cowboy and Squeals respectively.
What piece of gear could you not live without?
The Mood cube. A 12" x 12" glowing dancefloor in a box bought for the whopping sum of $16.99 on Ebay. It comes to all our gigs and hypnotically seduces the audience with it's three extreme settings; Flow, Nomad and Geometrics. Some say it is by far the most talented member of the band. Others say it is a distraction. Everyone agrees it could be the work of the devil.
What was the last music you bought? what made you buy it?
Antonio bought "Fancy Footwork". Because their synths are so wicked and their beat is correct. He heard them for the first time on Justice's Essential Mix and had to have more. Martin last bought 'Mirrored' by Battles. Being a DJ, Marto secretly w ishes he was in a math rock band. He loves Battles' skill and virtuosity. Freud would have something to say about that! Simon last bought "Meat Puppets II" by the Meat Puppets, because they are living his dream. Mark does not buy CDs as shiny things scare him.
What have you got planned for the future?
Mark wants to play a gig for the Boston Celtics. Antonio can't wait to meet Delta. Martin wants to graduate from the College of Mad Skillz and Simon wants a good sleep-in. Apart from that we are looking at releasing some music by the end of the year with the prospect of a healthy bit of self-funded national touring.
Australian music is?
Australian music is struggling to reconcile the paradigm shift between pubs to clubs, along with 2am lock-outs and illogical noise disputes with illogically cantankerous suburbanites. But we'll get there in the end!
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