WIRE Vs... STILLWATER GIANTS
Originally hailing from the South West, Stillwater Giants have been making waves in 2012, winning a Triple J comp to play at Groovin' the Moo, playing a bunch of festivals and earning Unearthed feature artist status.
The four-piece launch their Fly Under the Radar EP at Villa tonight, with a little help from Emperors and Triple J's Lewis McKirdy. Tickets through Moshtix.
To find out more, we recently caught up with lead guitarist Tom Godden.
What's in a name?
"We get asked that a lot but we don’t tell anyone so I’ll just have to leave you guessing."
How did you guys form?
"Henry (the singer) and I have known each other since we were really young kids and we both played music together in Margaret River. And Henry actually used to date my sister, so I'm still a little bit sensitive about that one. And my sister was good friends with this guy Angus, who was a drummer, so she put Henry in touch with him. I came and had a jam; Angus' friend Kyle was a bass player, and we needed a bass player, so it was just though the down south connection that we came together."
How did things end between Henry and your sister?
"It's all amiable, let's not go there. Nah, she's a big supporter of the band and they’re really good friends now."
Biggest moment so far?
"It seems like every week lately something new happens and, because it's current it's the biggest thing that has ever happened to us. But I'd have to say the Triple J Groovin' the Moo thing was massive for us. It was such a leg-up to know the industry believed in and supported everything we were doing. And it was probably the biggest crowd we’ve ever played to."
Describe your sound...
"It's a real fusion. There's influences stemming right through to jazz and classical and samba, all those different genres. And then we all love our rock. So the way we describe it is kind of surf/indie/rock/pop."
In the clip for new song Not Like the Others, each band member lives out a different fantasy date with a hot girl. Did you draw straws to see who played the bondage gimp?
"That was the one that everyone wanted! When we were discussing it in the pre-production meeting, it just kind of reflected the actual personalities in a way. The bondage gimp is a bit of a far fetched one to look at but if you knew Angus, you wouldn't think it was so far fetched."
Does that mean doing funnels with the girl of your dreams is your idea of a good night out?
"Well, you know, this is probably going to come back and haunt me when I go looking for a job one day... But yeah, I love the odd funnel and I like girls, so yeah, it kinda works."
Your Facebook bio says band interests include toasted sandwiches. Is that true and, if so, is there a type of toasted sandwich in particular?
"Well, who doesn't love toasted sandwiches? I think the one (in the bio) next to that is funny hats so any toasted sandwich eaten while wearing a funny hat is a great day out."
When can we expect a full album from you guys?
"We're actually in the process right now. These songs for the (Fly Under the Radar) EP, we kinda wrote around Christmas time so they're almost a year old now. Since then we’ve been laying down demos of new songs and we're planning on having a really large 20 or 25 songs so we can choose the ones most suitable for the album. But I’d say the album will be towards the end of next year, I reckon."
Still a while away, then?
"To really make an amazing album you have to spend a bit of time refining songs and then sitting on them and going back through them. And we want to make a really, really good album."