An acoustic-folk quartet from Australia with lumberjack shirts – drop the surfer style for a while and read Husky’s history!
Melbourne, Australia band Husky has released their fantastic debut album, Forever So via Sub Pop and Love Da Records (for distribution in South-East Asia) on July 10th via CD, LP and digitally. The album features 13 tracks and includes the singles and videos for “History’s Door,” “The Woods,” and “Tidal Wave.”
You probably haven’t heard of Husky before now. That’s because compared to most young musicians operating in this era of uninterrupted connectivity and non-stop self-promotion, the Australian quartet might as well have crafted their debut full-length somewhere atop the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. With its warm, acoustic timbres and carefully crafted songs, Forever So is the sound of a band that from its inception cared more about making one sublime album than acquiring a million followers on Twitter.
Front man Husky Gawenda and keyboard player Gideon Preiss are cousins who grew up together, making music and poring over their parents’ record collections. Though the four band members have disparate tastes, their shared passion for classic sounds, rich harmonies, and artful songwriting points back to the artists they grew up on: Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, the Doors, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, the Beach Boys. Yet while Gideon took easily to the life of the performing musician, playing in myriad bands throughout his teenage years, Gawenda shied away from the spotlight. “I was actually terrified of performing,” he admits. “It took a lot of will power to start singing my own songs in front of anybody, but I was determined to do it, because I always had the dream of playing music as my way of life.”
Augmented by bassist Evan Tweedie and drummer Luke Collins, whom Preiss met on the Melbourne music scene, the foursome began playing small local shows in late 2008. Even at the outset, the band’s primary goal was making a record that would bring their songs to full fruition.
“Forever So is breathtaking in its ambition, a shimmering fog of kaleidoscopic storytelling, each a song a Nick Drake-esque fairytale delivered with full indie-orhestration.” **** [Band to Watch] –Rolling Stone Australia
“With indie folks songs that are totally accessible and sweet while for the most part avoiding being predictable or twee, there is certainly enough about Forever So to suggest that everything is in place for Husky to make an impact. Don’t be surprised if 2012 is a big year for this likeable quartet.” – Drum
“A sweet, little gem” – Cream
“This outstanding debut album weaves understated sincerity into wintry introspectiveness forced upon anyone in the city of four-seasons-a-day. Husky’s mid-tempo folk reflects upon the world with genuine originality, too – the songs avoid the more obvious tricks in the composers playbook, leaving ample space for frontman Husky Gawanda’s lyrical confessions.” – Sydney Morning Herald
VIDEOCLIP FOR “The Woods”:
1. Tidal Wave
2. Fake Moustache
3. History’s Door
4. The Woods
6. Dark Sea
7. Forever So
8. Animals & Freaks
10. Hundred Dollar Suit
11. How Do You Feel
12. Don’t Tell Your Mother
13. Farewell (In 3 Parts)
Husky Gawenda (vocals, guitar)
Gideon Preiss (keys, vocals)
Evan Tweedie (bass, vocals)
Luke Collins (drums)
George Orwell said that writing should be transparent – like a clear window pane,” says Husky Gawenda, frontman of four-piece band Husky from Melbourne, Australia. Gawenda feels the same way about music. “You shouldn’t notice the music or the art of it; you’re just transported to another place.” Husky the band includes folk-inspired Husky Gawenda on vocals and guitar, Gideon Preiss on vocals and keys, Evan Tweedie on vocals and bass, and Luke Collins on drums and percussion. Even though they have varied musical backgrounds, a love for classic pop (Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, The Doors and The Beach Boys), rich harmonies, and artful songwriting is the common thread that draws them together.
After winning Triple J Unearthed, the band continues to reach new heights, winning hearts with every sold-out show around the country. Recent performance highlights include supporting Devandra Banhart, Noah and the Whale, Kimbra, Jinja Safari and Gotye. On 21 October, the band’s anticipated debut album Forever So will be released.
To bring Forever So to life, Gawenda and Preiss pulled together all the old recording gear they could get their hands on and set up in a bungalow at the back of Gawenda’s house. “The backyard was overgrown with weeds and wild mint and the bungalow was full of junk,” Preiss says. “We spent all night watching videos online about how to sound-treat rooms. We partitioned off parts of the house where we recorded the vocals and instruments.”
After months of crafting songs, they headed to LA to bunker down with Noah Georgeson (Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and The Strokes) at House of Blues Studios to mix the album. “Mixing in LA with Noah was an amazing experience,” Preiss says. “The recording had been such a labour of love, and we had grown so attached to the songs, it was difficult to imagine handing them over to someone else to mix them. But Noah’s sensibility and musicality really complimented the songs.”
The result is a lush collection of songs that echo the classics they grew up with, full of haunting lyrics, rolling rhythms and delicate layers of sound. For Gawenda, when it comes to writing, a song can appear from anywhere. “Generally something comes to me out of the blue – a line, a melody, a chord progression.” he says. In terms of lyrics, a kind of ghostliness imbues the poetry of the songs. “Forever So recalls times gone by, dreams, and people who are no longer in your life but still exist in your memory.”
Download the track “History’s Day” here.