Sydney’s High-tails hitting the road to launch their new single ‘Information’, playing headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney.
‘Information’ was released off the back of a national tour supporting Brisbane crooners Millions at the end of last year and more recently with London lad Jamie T to opening his sold-out East Coast shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Needless to say, it’s already been a big year for High-tails and it looks like the rest of 2015 is set to be even bigger….
We caught up with lead vocalist and guitarist Nicholas Griffith, to get the lowdown on everything High-tails.
What was the inspiration behind the music video for ‘Information’?
We purely just thought it would be fun/funny to act out an interrogation scene. At first we were going to reference “Twin Peaks”, but all in all it ended up more an extension of our personal senses of humour. It was great to do a clip like that because we were given the chance to work with a professional production team on an idea that was ours, and I’m sure not many aspiring screenwriters are given that opportunity.
If you could compose music on only one instrument for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?
I would definitely have to choose a Casiotone organ. I use them to write a lot of my songs. It’s a great all-rounder because they have a bunch of cool tone colours, a generous bottom-end and an inbuilt beat machine so when you’re composing you can cover melody, harmony and rhythm all at once.
What was your most memorable moment from your recent tour supporting Jamie T?
After playing at The Metro Theatre in Sydney, I met some Jamie T fans from Tasmania who had trekked up here to see the show. I think they actually didn’t watch our set but I guess they were so excited to meet someone who had vaguely interacted with Jamie T that they invited me to drink beers with them and swim in the pool on the roof of their hotel. That was a fun night.
What kind of music are you sipping tea to at the moment?
I’ve been sipping tea to a good few Australian bands of late. The new Dick Diver album is absolutely killer, I love it. Also, I listened to Totally Mild’s new single “Move On” probably like 5 times yesterday. Kind of a gross video but nonetheless subject to the replay button.
What is your favourite 90s cartoon?
“Ren & Stimpy” is a good one. I remember we had a late night on tour in the Gold Coast watching re-runs of it in our hotel. It was a real rock’n’roll moment y’know?
If you could headline any music festival in the world, past or present, what would it be, and why?
I’ve never really thought about that. I guess it would be weird if we headlined at this, but I would have loved to at least been on the bill with Rolling Stones for their free show at the Altamont Speedway in 1969.
What can fans expect from High-tails in the next twelve months?
Lots of new music, of course. We’ll be heading down to a farm in the lovely township of Bega in the coming month to begin “crafting” what will be our debut album. We already have about 30 new songs/ideas and I still feel like there’s more to come.
What can’t you live without while on tour?
All I can think about when I get asked this question is the things you DO live without on tour. In fact touring is all about “going without” beds, showers, phone chargers, etc. One thing, which is very important not to go without (if you can avoid it), is a bit of solitude. Spending every waking minute with the same people can get heavy, no matter how strong your friendship is. It’s good if you can go for a walk on your own to clear your mind, and think your own thoughts to avoid doing severe damage to your relationship.
High-tails ‘Information’ Single Launches
Friday 19th June
Black Night Crash at Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
w/- Special Guests
Tickets avail via dingdong.oztix.com.au
Thursday 25th June
Newtown Social Club, Sydney
w/- Special Guests
Tickets avail via newtownsocialclub.com