After a few years of relentless touring. The band, now a 5 piece after the departure of Cecil, reconvened in Melbourne and set about the process of making a new record at a pace that was conducive to quality not insanity. The first fruits of this new endeavor came in November 2008 in the form of ‘That Beep’, the band’s most accessible and commercially successful release to date. Meanwhile, back at Buckingham Palace, Moment Bends was beginning to take shape.The band had Engineer and Auxiliary member, Haima Marriott, working around the clock for the best part of 18 months between touring and various trips into Inspiration Hiatus. The songs were much more detailed and focused, the band was said to have searched for it’s essence. On January 31 2011, It was announced that ‘Moment Bends’ would finally see the light of day in April 2011, almost 4 years after the release of ‘Places Like This’.
How did the band start out?
AIH grew out of a high school grunge band. I forced the other guys to play some songs that I have written and the rest is Helsinki.
What is each member’s role in the band?
No one has defined role. Everyone drifts between different ideas and states.
What kind of things influences your song writing and do you have any particular process for writing them?
More than anything we are influenced by Life…. Food. Sport. Seasons. Friends. Family the universe.
Who are you listening to at the moment and what do you think of the australian music scene at the moment?
Australian music scene is super healthy and exciting right now. I feel totally proud to be a part of it.
Is it fair to say the Australian charts are imprinted off the American charts?
haha. yeah, I was just thinking that the other day. Kinda sad but true.
The music industry has changed massively in the way in which music gets to the listener and also in terms of the major labels having a hard time recently.
This has led to alot more people being offered deals for 1 single for example, do you think that’s a good thing?
It’s a great time to be in music. There is no rules. It’s constantly being redefined. It means that only those who are creative and progressive will survive.
That is a good thing.
What is the moment in your career you’re the most proud of so far?
Meeting Olivia Newton John.
Any aspirations with where you want to go in terms of success?
Hope that people ‘get’ what we are trying to do.
Do you have a particular favourite track from the album?
No favourites. They are all my children!
To conclude with,
Where are you answering our questions from?
My kitchen table in Melbourne.
Can you tell me some words in French? 🙂
L’ soleil. Les étoiles. La lune. L’univers.
Any closing words for TEEZ’FM listeners?
Drink Coconut Juice
Thanks to Cameron & Pascale
interview by Thierry Jaussaud