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Perth songstress Felicity Groom is gearing up to launch her new album ‘Hungry Sky‘ here at Goodgod on Wednesday April 15. In preparation, we caught up with her to talk about music, her process, working with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and more Check out the interview below!
GG: Tell us about your new record ‘Hungry Sky’ – how does it compare to your debut ‘Gossamer’ and what was your approach to making it?
Felicity Groom: My step mum probably described it most aptly, actually, when she heard the new album. Hungry Sky is appropriately named as it’s more lofty… and synth driven… so it hovers at heights, whereas Gossamer sounded as if it were very much of the earth. The approach to making it was incredibly different too. Gossamer was full of songs that had been in the set for a while, getting tweaked an tailored over time… whereas a lot of the Hungry Sky songs were recorded and then rehearsed for the live setup. This means that the sons are still fresh and fun for us on stage. Hungry Sky was also a vey casual album to make. It was mostly done at home with the help of friends including Kevin Parker and then taken to Blackbird Studios to be finished off with another legend, Dave Parkin. There was no real rush or pressure for this album. Only when I was massively pregnant did I want to hurry things along so that it was all done by the time the little human came along.
GG: The video for the lead single ‘Oh Jesus’ is very striking! Can you tell us a bit about the clip?
FG: It was shot in a studio in my old uni grounds actually.. by my friend Poppy Van Oorde Grainger. Going back there… where I studied was surreal for me. I had gone to that uni to study media, left with my degree and then come back again years later to make a music clip for my album. I’d given media work a go for a bit there… but at some point I let the media work slide. I ended up editing some of the clip actually… which I really enjoyed and made me want to get into that side of things again. It took me going back to uni to remember that. The rest was edited by a friend Dom Pearce. He added the sweet textures of the street lights & paper carvings by Mei Saruswati.
GG: You worked with Kevin Parker on some of this record, how did that come about and what was it like working with him?
FG: Kevin is a sweet dude. We’ve been friends for about eight years or something like that. He was around at the right time to be able to help me do some recording. We’ve worked on other stuff together before. There were even some songs that he wrote that I was going to sing on at one stage… but they kind of got forgot as each of us had our own thing to do. He is a little nerd/genius…that’s for sure. Sometimes you’ll go and say something to him and he won’t answer and then you’ll say it again and he still won’t answer and then finally he’ll say ‘huh… or… oh what?’ because he’d be constantly working hard in the great palace in his mind and it will take forever for him to realise hear that doorbells ringing and he should probably go and answer it.
GG: Is being a part of the Perth music scene important to you, or more circumstantial?
FG: The perth music scene is a particularly special one. To start, there’s just an outrageous amount of really excellent music here. I just played a gig with Silver Hills and Methyl Ethel at Mojos… and both those bands are excellent. Trying to chose between supports for Mojos actually was incredibly difficult because of the amount of choice one has. Then there’s just the good vibes between bands here which is really excellent. So many people share band members too. It’s extremely easy to make an album in Perth as the scene is full of very accomplished players of all kinds….so if you need a little violin part here or there…. there’s some hefty players that will willingly come and lend their time.
GG: What sort of music are you listening to at the moment, anything blowing you away lately that we should know about?
FG: Let me talk about the local secs some more then… because there’s tons of good music here. Get ready for a list. I might still forget some bands… but here’s just a few I can remember. Silver Hills & Methyl Ethel of course… Hideous Sun Demon, Dianas, Mei Saruswati, Golden String, Fall Electric, Doctorpuss, The Wilds, Mt Mountain, Lanark, Childsaint, Lower Spectrum, Diger Rokwell, Kitchen People, Dream Rimmy, Runner, Mudlark, Abbe May. All of these bands are excellent. If you haven’t hard them… check them out.
GG: You’ve got Melbourne’s Olympia supporting you on this tour, which is going to be great – can you hype her up for anyone reading who may not have heard her?
FG: She’s strong, strong, gentle. Beautiful voice backed by excellent minimal guitar that breaks through in angular ways to create moods that take you places.
Be sure to catch Felicity Groom when she hits the danceteria this Wednesday, April 15!
With an upcoming edition of Red Bull Music Academy featuring Luke Vibert, we thought we should let you know that you can stream live recordings of past RBMA shows we’ve hosted here at Goodgod – there’s some amazing sets from Stone’s Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf , Detroit masters DJ Godfather and Rick Wilhite plus loads more. You can listen to all the live sets here at RBMA Radio.
Don’t forget to RSVP to our next Red Bull Music Academy show with UK house legend Luke Vibert on Saturday April 28.
More info on that one here.
Open yr closet and dust off yr skeletons, because Confession Booth is back! If you’ve been living with a secret shame in your life, this is the event for you.
Joining host A.H. Cayley at Goodgod Small Club on April 29 are an eclectic mix of confessors including Triple J’s Lewis Hobba, Nakkiah Lui star of ‘Kill The Messenger’, Award-winning writer Oliver Mol as well as Writer, activist and the generally hilarious Annaliese Constable and YOU! (Share your shame and win a special prize!*)
Confession Booth invites writers, musicians, actors, comedians and just generally awesome people to the stage and asks them to confess their deepest, darkest, most embarrassing, hilarious or surprisingly moving moments that they’d previously kept hidden from the world.
Previous confessors include Tracey Spicer, Brendan Cowell, Yumi Stynes, Sarah Blasko, Rhys Muldoon, Benjamin Law, Gen Fricker, Michael Hing, Levins, SPOD, Catcall, Rainbow Chan, Nick Coyle and more.
(*will never not be booze)
For more info on the event – head here.