deerhunter, Spoon, Phoenix
Them Swoops are a Melbourne trio bringing you sunny rays of catchy-as-hell indie pop. Hello Summer!
Interview: 19 December 2011
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We try to make music that is attention-getting but not obvious. It's important to have a little immediacy i think, but we also try to throw in ideas or changes that give things a little difference or a twist. It's still guitar based pop music at it's heart but i like to leave room for other possibilities, we like throwing in crazy sounds here and there or having sections that breathe and aren't all about pop hooks. But yeah, we'll throw the hooks in too if we got some.
What’s a Them Swoops live show like?
Them Swoops shows are really loud, fuzzed out exercises in rhythm. We have a tendency to shine things up in the studio but let the live show get a little raucous. Sections of songs have instrumental parts that sometimes swell up and around and grow in intensity. I like the dangerous vibe. That it's all just hanging together and could fall apart at any moment.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My high school music teacher told me to stay dangerous and to never settle on the first idea unless it's f#%king brilliant. Whether i've managed to stay dangerous or have a brilliant idea yet remains to be seen but it sounded cool.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Melbourne has an endless supply of amazing bands that give us inspiration. I'd be missing out so many but i'll mention Greasers, Parking Lot Experiments, Gosteleradio, Twerps, Boomgates, Eagle & the Worm, Dirt Farmer, Jimmy Hawk & The Endless Party, there's heaps more! We don't really sound like any of those bands but we definitely get inspired by them. We've also had great help from local producers Aaron Cupples, Jimi Wyatt & Glenn Musto recording us and mixing us when they can in some cool backyard studios and warehouses.
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
We aim to have an EP out in the first half and an album released in the second half. Hopefully play bigger and better shows, and tour as much as possible. Pretty much what any band wants.
Australian music is…?
...habit-forming, dangerously addictive and one of the leading causes of enjoyment in the country.