It’s been a long while since we’ve heard from Sydney outfit, The Holidays, but with a new album on the way and a single launch tour commencing next week, they’re pretty excited to be back on stage and challenging old rivals, Cloud Control.
You’re new single is just out. It must be a good feeling to be releasing music again?
It’s an awesome feeling. We’ve been sitting on quite a lot of songs for a long time so it’s good to have something out. Even ‘Voices Drifting’ – we’ve had it for almost a year now. We nearly put it out about six months ago but we held off until we finished a few more things.
You’ve had quite a break. What have you guys been up to?
We don’t really just write and then record. I’ve kind of been making the record for two years bit by bit. I’ve pretty much been writing non-stop for the last two years, which is kind of crazy. It’s slow but I can’t work any other way now. I’ve got a very scatter brain approach to things too so it’s often hard to put them into place. That’s why I’m so slow at doing things. I can’t just go into the studio and say, “Let’s make a record!”
I believe you guys have travelled a fair bit since touring the last record. Did that help your writing at all?
I think travelling in general lets you see a lot of different stuff and opens your mind to up to some really good bands. I think, after being on the Australian circuit for a while, I was like, let’s do something crazy different now! That was great in theory but when I came back to Australia we ended up refining things down to some midpoint between crazy, new direction and what people already know of us. If you’re a huge band, go ahead and make a crazy record. If you’re still trying to establish who you are however, it could be a little difficult in reality.
What’s changed about The Holidays this time round?
I think we know what we like, what we don’t like and what works for us. It’s not so much that we’ve changed but more that we’ve changed the pallet that we’re using. The end result is probably a little more mature. It’s hard for me to judge but to my mind, it’s got less of that upbeat, tropical sound that we had before.
You’re playing some east coast shows next week. You must be excited?
Yeah, really looking forward to it. These songs have been kind of living in our heads so we’re keen to get a reaction.
You played some festivals and bigger gigs last time you toured your record, how do you feel about playing the more intimate venues like Goodgod on this tour?
By the end of the last touring cycle we ended up playing some pretty big festivals. That’s pretty luxurious in that you’ve got a lot of room and everything is set up for you when you arrive. It’s the life! Now, we’re a bit hesitant to book big rooms again because we’ve been away for so long and we don’t know what the vibe is. It could be cool! Those kinds of club shows have such a good energy to them. I really miss it! On a festival stage, you’re kind of disconnected from the audience enough that you have to manufacture the energy yourself. At club shows, you can see people’s faces and their reactions and that makes it really personal.
When can we expect the album?
I think in February. It’s close to being done but the whole set up will take a while.
You were nominated against Cloud Control for the Australian Music Prize in 2010 and they ended up taking the prize. They’ve just released their second album, are you planning to go one better this time and beat them?
Haha! That’s a tough call! Yeah, I think so. It’s hard because you doubt yourself after a while. I’m confident that I like this new album and I know I’m happy with it but how it will be received, I don’t know!
The Holidays – Single launch dates
SEPT 19 – Goodgod Small Club w support Major Leagues – www.moshtix.com.au
OCT 3 – Northcote Social Club w support Major Leagues – www.northcotesocialclub.com
OCT 12 – Alhambra Lounge w support Major Leagues – www.oztix.com.au