Axe Girl is the rhythm section from Jebediah along with Addison Axe on vocals. They have just released their second single Silence and have a debut album coming out later in the year. Tomatrax caught up with Addison to ask a few questions.
How did the band form?
I’m from London, and was in Perth acting in a touring theatre show two years ago. Ness and I met at the pub and started jamming, Brett joined in, and suddenly we were writing songs and doing gigs. When it came time for me to leave, it was really hard, as it felt like something really awesome had magically happened, so I went back to London, grabbed some stuff, sold some other stuff, and put the rest in my lovely grandma’s garage and jumped on a plane to be in Axe Girl.
Where did the name Axe Girl come from?
I’m a massive fan of the Tank Girl comics, and ‘Axe’ is another word for guitar.
What was the inspiration behind the video for give me your tee shirt?
We worked with Perth director Luna Laure and she came up with the whole concept.
You’ve been working on your debut album, how will it compare to your first two singles?
The album definitely has a summery beachy vibe to it, which ‘Give Me Your Teeshirt’ definitely reflects, but there are a few darker songs on there too. We wanted ‘Silence’ to be the second single, to contrast with ‘Give Me Your Teeshirt’ so that people get a taste of the light and shade of the record I guess.
When do you think the album will be out?
Do you know what the album will be called?
At the moment we’re just calling it ‘Axe Girl’ but it’s unconfirmed…
You’ve already had media predicting the album to be one of the year’s best, has this made you feel any pressure?
Not really, we’ve finished writing and recording it, so nothing can really change it now, we are really proud of what we’ve created and have faith in it, but you can never control what other people think, so you gotta just do what you do and go with what feels natural, and hope that it touches people. If you think to much about what people are going to think, you can lose touch with your gut feelings. We definitely want people to love this album as much as we do, but if they don’t, it won’t undermine our own feelings about it.
Where did you get the idea to fund your album through Pozible?
At first we were uncertain about the idea, as it seems like your asking for money- which is not an easy thing to do. But seeing other bands doing it, we realised actually crowd funding isn’t about asking for money, it’s about building relationships between fans and artists. I think it’s such an inspiring thing to see how much faith people have in you. Everyone who donates is gifted with something in return, and as a band it means you know there are already people wanting to hear your songs recorded, and as a fan it gives you the opportunity to actually have a really important connection with the project.
Do you think funding campaigns like Pozible are going to be the main way to fund albums in the future?
Yes I do.
Did you get any unusual requests as part of your Pozible campaign?
Ha ha No! people were awesome they opted for the rewards that we had on offer, we had a mind-blowing show of support, and I truly hope that they love the record they helped to make.
What inspired you to move from London to Perth?
How does the music scene in Perth compare to London?
It is WAY cooler in Perth. The music scene here is so unique. There is a very genuine sense of community. Bands support each other and work together, and love music. London is so big, you don’t know people outside your own scene, and within scene’s it’s pretty competitive as there is so much going on all the time. One of my favourite things about London is how it buzzes with excitement and activity and creativity and there’s so much going on, but that also means that you can be swallowed up in it too.
Do you ever listen to your own music?
What other music do you listen to?
Where do I start! I like heaps of different stuff The Kooks are my favourite band but recently I’ve been really digging the Love Junkies, The Strokes, Haim, Savages, Regina Spektor, QOTSA, The Grates…
Check out the band’s website page to find out more!