Records hold a very special place in the hearts of listeners, especially musicians. Whether it be through the distinct artwork, or a stand-out track, records have the unique ability to instantly take us back to the first time we heard them. So, we asked Heather Cheketri from Brisbane duo Love Like Hate to talk to us about some of their favourite records and the influence they’ve had on them as musicians, as well as the making of their new EP, Unnoticed.
Did any albums influence the production or music of Unnoticed?
We always try to be free of influences when writing and recording to stay true to the sound which is essentially Love Like Hate, wanting to try and create something that is unique.
Though in saying that I’m positive that there are some subconscious influences of our favourite artists like PJ Harvey especially her Uh huh Her and To Bring You My Love albums along with a strong mix of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s It’s Blitz album.
This is always a tough call, choosing just one is like choosing what you want to eat for the rest of your life if you could only eat one thing!
For me personally if I have to pick just one it would have to be Concrete Blonde’s first self-titled record. I have listened to it since I was a teenager and I still love it.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
I didn’t actually buy the Concrete Blonde album but stole a blank tape and recorded it off one of my older siblings on their dual tape deck. I have made up for it though, I think I own all their albums now.
Which album has influenced your music style the most?
As a band I think we were mutually influenced by the Dresden Dolls at the time of getting together to write, namely their second album, Yes Virginia.
Which album is the band listening to while on tour?
What has been the biggest surprise release of 2015?
For me, it was Sleater Kinney with their first album after I think ten years, No Cities To Love.
What was playing on your family stereo growing up?
Dad always chose the music so we had to listen to so Neil Young mostly (not that that’s a bad thing) along with Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell the Doobie Brothers and Tom Petty.
Which album did you play to death as a teenager?
Like most kids from the 90’s I couldn’t get enough of Nirvana, but I think if we are talking about playing to death, I listened to the Rodriguez tape Rodriguez At His Best until it broke.
What was your inspiration behind the artwork for Unnoticed?
The artwork on our Unnoticed EP is by an artist Roseanne Kenney, who is the cousin of a mutual friend who we lost and dedicated the EP too.
Rosanne is instrumental with most of Love Like Hates designs, including our first EP, Rabbit Hole. We give her ideas, or a mood board and she comes up with her own original art for us that fits in with our ideas.
The idea behind the heart is that the EP was written and recorded under times that we hold dear in our hearts, which were an equal combination of both very good and very bad.
If you record an album with any producer in the world, who would it be, and why?
There are so many amazing producers out there that have produced albums of my favourite artists that I have mentioned but in all honesty I think I would stick to working with Lachlan Mitchell who has produced our first two EP’s.
Not just because he is amazing at what he does but also because he understands the sound and direction we are trying to create and invests time to work closely with us to make sure we achieve what we are wanting.
What was your most memorable moment while recording Unnoticed?
I think it the most memorable moment was working on the title track, ‘Unnoticed’. It was originally called Sean’s Song (I think he was haunting us in the studio), and it was important for us to get this one perfect. It took so long to get right as we weren’t recording with a live drummer and kept swinging between too dancey or too moody. That moment when it all came together over so many days was definitely a highlight.
Love Like Hate will be touring in May and August as part of their English Summer Tour:
Fri 29 May- Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney NSW, 18+
Supporting Nova & the Experience
Sat 6 June- Brisbane Hotel, Hobart TAS,18+
With Native Cats and EWAH & The Vision of Paradise
Sun 21 June- Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm QLD, all ages.
Free event – afternoon show
Tickets available here.