Sydney upstarts Guineafowl are about to release their new EP and head out on their first major headline tour. But before they set out, the mysteriously named front-man – Guineafowl – caught up for a chat with Lost In Suburbia.
Lost In Suburbia: Congrats on your new EP ‘Hello Anxiety’. What’s the feedback been like so far?
Guineafowl: We have been keeping the EP pretty close to the chest thus far. But those have heard it have been very positive. My Mum in particular really likes it!
LIS: Which track is the standout for you on the EP?
GF: They are all stand outs! Ok, that’s just arrogant. I listened to a track called “My Lonely Arms” probably the most out of the five when we finished recording the EP. But it is pretty hard for me to name a standout, musicians always say “ah that’s like naming your favourite child” but I disagree. It would be much much easier to name your favourite child.
LIS: Some of the tracks on the EP are quite old – such as the Botanist – which was released in 2009, how long has the EP been in the works?
GF: It was released at the end of 2009 so not that old! Another song, Mothr is from the same period as Botanist, the other three tracks were written/finished throughout 2010. So by the time we ready to record in September we had been about for about 10 months.
LIS: You’re about to hit the road for the EP launch, why should people go along to the shows?
GF: We have not headlined a tour before, and only played two headline shows, both in Sydney, so these EP shows are going to have an energy that we haven’t really presented to many people. Aside from that, in addition to performing the tracks on the EP we are showing some brand new material. And In general we are working extremely hard to make these shows our best yet. A lot of late nights.
LIS: Explain how Guineafowl evolved from a solo project to its current incarnation.
GF: I played a few shows on my own, using a loop pedal to try and produce all the parts I had been writing live. It was kinda terrible so forming a band was a necessity. Some friends of mine had heard the demos and were pretty keen to start playing. Our band happened very organically, we just grew to a six piece.
LIS: How did you guys hook up with Dew Process?
GF: They approached us reasonably early, before the band had starting hitting their strides and were keen to help us and give us a little guidance. That is what is so attractive about Dew Process, aside from being a great label, they are real experts and that is endlessly important to us.
LIS: You’ve just won a SMAC award for best Sydney song for In Our Circles – how does recognition like this make you feel?
GF: Err.. flattered.. very flattered.
LIS: Do you consider In Our Circles the best track to come out of Sydney in 2010?
GF: I couldn’t if I wanted to. There were A LOT of good songs to come out of Sydney in 2010, and for there to be a song that is better than all the others, seems a little silly.
LIS: What were your top tracks of last year?
GF: Sydney tracks, Jinja Safari- Forest Eyes, Cloud Control- Gold Canary to name a couple. Internationally, Yeasayer- O.N.E, Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith – I’m Not In love and most songs of LCD Sound Systems last album.
LIS: Any tips for local Sydney bands to check out in 2011?
GF: No matter how good a gig is, if you get a parking ticket, it will always semi-ruin your night.
LIS: What’s next for Guineafowl? Are there any plans for an LP in the future?
GF: Many plans. We will start working on a LP after the EP is released and we have travelled as far around the country as we possibly can playing it. Until then though, all focus is directed towards our EP shows.
LIS: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Check out Guineafowl at the following dates:
FRI 18 FEB – OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au
SAT 19 FEB – NORTHERN STAR, NEWCASTLE
Tickets available from www.bigtix.com.au
THU 24 FEB –LAMBDA LAMBDA LAMBDA / ALHAMBRA, BRISBANE
Tickets: $10 Door
THU 3 MARCH – TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au
FRI 4 MARCH – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE
Tickets on sale via www.northcotesocialclub.com
SAT 5 MARCH – PLUS ONE – ED CASTLE, ADELAIDE
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com