Perth Avant-folk darlings Simone & Girlfunkle are pleased to announce the March 24 arrival of their sophomore album Hold On, the much-anticipated follow up to 2013’s Hurry, Harry. Tomatrax caught up with Bridget from the band to ask a few questions.
You’re just about to release your second album, how does it feel to have it finished and ready to go?
Pretty ace! The hard work is done and now it’s just celebrating – a lot of celebrating! it’s been a long time for us between records so things are going to get loose on tour.
How do you think it compares with “Hurry, Harry”?
Quite nicely. We have many new members and we are more accomplished musicians now, so likely it’s better. Also this one is engineered and produced by the golden-eared Dave Parkin, so he makes us sound sooooo slick.
Where did the title “Hold on” come from?
It’s one of our songs that was axed from the record because the arrangement didn’t come together in time. Also it felt like we had some barriers to releasing music quickly, I got sick and needed time out for surgery, we lost a bunch of members (especially drummers, it was very Spinal Tap) so Hold On felt right in a kind of hold on it’s coming kind of way.
What made you pick ‘Fight On’ as the album’s first single?
It was the only one we had recorded at the time and we wanted to feel like we were moving forward so we jumped in. Also we love the track, it’s pretty quintessential SnG.
You received a fair amount of acclaim for “Hurry, Harry”, did this make you feel any pressure when putting “Hold on” together?
Hahaha nah, besides, pressure is waster. You can’t force writing you just get what you’re given from the sum of your experiences. This record is a representation of this time in my life. It doesn’t matter if other people deem it successful or not as it’s a physical reminder of whole bunch of feelings I had and a whole bunch of people who I spent my life with. I will listen to this when I am very old and remember that I was young and that I spent my time well – singing with incredible people, playing music and eating nuggets. Success!
What was the inspiration behind the “hands and lyrics” video for ‘Girls’?
We made it because we had the photos of the hands for the album artwork. True story. Sorry not every exciting 🙂 We like karaoke videos though and also learning about editing software should have been on the cards years ago with my film degree. We had no coin to drop on videos but we have a band full of photographers and designers, so we did our best to not go into debt. With musician budgets at an all time stingy low I am in awe at anyone who can pull it all together.
Where did the name Simone & Girlfunkle come from?
Our love for Simon and Garfunkel. When we were just a folk duo it felt so right, now it feels like it needs explaining but it’s still us (dorky as) and not likely to have any name disputes anytime soon 🙂
Do you ever listen to your own music?
I listen to it a lot when I’m writing it and demoing but once it’s recorded and out there, I don’t and when I hear it in the world by chance, it is unpleasant and makes me feel quite awkward.
What other music do you listen to?
I love harmony pop from the 50s, The Everley Brothers especially, Simon and Garfunkel (of course) and at the moment I am enjoying Ryan Beno from Perth, Angel Olsen as she is a goddess and Slow Dive’s newest record.
What do you have planned once the album is out?
Bulk Touring of WA and some in Melbourne. Then a little break to re-group, then recording again in June down south in a cabin somewhere. I want to produce the next one ourselves with a dear friend. We have some pretty beautiful earnest folk music planned for the next release.
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