For their darkly shaded and radiant debut album Full Circle, HÆLOS have found their blues where others go to find pure, uncut exhilaration: the dance floor. With their arrival on Australian soil imminent, we had a chat with Lottie about their homegrown influences and providing a soundtrack to the post-club comedown.
How did the three of you become to be known as HÆLOS ?
It was a pretty organic process. Arthur & I were both working independently with Dom on two separate projects & decided to collaborate on a track. When we came together, the missing pieces of both projects just seemed to fall into place and I think we all knew almost instantly that we would go forward as a band. We wrote Dust in that first session and put it online a few weeks later as HÆLOS.
You’ve spoken in previous interviews about “finding the sound”, can you try and put into your words what that sound is?
In your bio on Matador, you said “It’s the music you put on after the club” why make this type of music?
It wasn’t so much a conscious decision, more just what came naturally at the time of writing ‘Full Circle’. We wanted to make a record that allowed us to be self-reflective. Music in clubs often makes you avoid those emotions but we wanted to explore them.
Also, in your Matador bio there was talk of uneasy reflection, Lottie was referring to that space between leaving the club/party but the energy and euphoria still lingers, “but it might bring you back to reflect on certain moments or memories.” What is it about this feeling and space that drove you to create a soundtrack for it?
Music has always been our passion and a way of expressing our feelings and experiences. We’ve all done our fair share of partying over the years but met at a time when we wanted to create a more mature and intimate record. We were able to look at things that we might have previously shied away from and use the music as our catharsis.
Do you think that feeling and space after a night out often gets overlooked and forgotten about, yet it is apart of nearly every club going experience?
We’ve really plugged into and are inspired by the sorts of bands that do explore those quieter moments. After having shared the experience and energy of being in a large group of people coming away from that can make you more aware of your singularity. Those are the moments that can be most insightful.
You’ve been likened to the xx and London Grammar, what is happening in the London music scene to encourage bands like yourself to make this ethereal, melancholic electronica?
Growing up in London has obviously had a huge influence on this record. The warehouse party scene, especially in East London, is something we’ve all shared and has shaped our sound. We’re just so lucky to live in such a vibrant and eclectic city where we’re continually inspired by the artists and environment that surrounds us.
You’re still a relatively new band, forming in 2014, yet you already have a debut album and an EP under your belt. Do you find the creative process flows easily within the group?
As soon as we came together we had a shared a creative vision. We each bring different elements to the process, building on each other’s strengths and helping each other grow. Obviously, there are challenges to working so closely with other artists but there is a real love and respect between us which seems to override anything we come up against.
As you all share vocal duties within the band, how do you go about creating music, is one of you generally an instigator?
It’s very much a collaborative process. We’ll generally start with a drum groove and basic chord pattern and build from there with melodies and lyrics. It’s often a process of construction and deconstruction. We’ll rewrite parts of songs over again which can lead to a whole new track in itself. We definitely have our individual strengths and comfort zones but we’re all in the room bouncing off each other and are connected to what we are creating.
There are some distinct influences of the trip-hop genre in your music, what is it about this particular genre that drew your attention?
The 90’s Bristol music scene was the grassroots sound of its time but is still so relevant. It encapsulates so many different genres with such beauty and effortlessness its hard not to be inspired by it.
During your travels to Australia, will you be searching for any inspiration for new music?
Being on tour is like no other environment. You’re constantly on the move and experiencing new things. We’re so excited to make our first trip over to Australia and absorb the culture and people we’re about to meet. No doubt the experience is going to have an impact on the music we make when we get home.
What acts are you currently listening too, who perhaps we in Australia might not have heard of?
Warpaint’s new record ‘Heads Up’ is on repeat at the moment. We also love Think Piece who supported us at our last London show.
What’s next for HÆLOS ?
We’re lining up shows for the British summer festival season but when we get back from this tour we’ll be locking ourselves away for winter to focus on new material.
Catch HÆLOS as they stop over in Melbourne & Sydney post Falls Festival:
Wed 4 Jan Howler Melbourne VIC
With special guests Yeo & Christopher Port
Fri 6 Jan Oxford Art Factory Sydney NSW
With special guests Yeo, Buoy & Christopher Port
For all details on our official Falls Festival sideshows, visit secretsoundstouring.com