We caught up with the next big thing SPLASHH before their first show of 2014 @ The Echo. While their guitarist Toto was taking a shower, and the new member Joey on keyboard chilling on sofa. We talked to the vocal/guitarist Sasha and the bassist Tom about AIR, being an internationally based Australian band, their plans for the next record and SPLASHH Festival line-up.
1. I know you guys are all from different countries. So how did you guys come together as a band?
TOM: well, we are met in London really, like I mean, Toto and I have been living there for 5 years, and then Sasha was over there for a bit, and he came up about 2 years ago,
SASHA: I was living in Sydney. (So you’re from Australia?) Uhm kind of yeah, Between New Zealand and Australia. Just through traveling i guess.
TOM: Ye, just meet your friends really, in London.
SASHA: But our band is not from London, (Then where do you think the band is from?) I guess it’s more Australian isn’t it?
TOM: There’s not really a “Base”
SASHA: We can’t just continue to move around with a base in New York or London.
2. Do you still remember the first record you bought ?
SASHA: I might have bought Thriller by Michael Jackson. (laugh) Yes, that was my first one.
TOM: I don’t remember most of them actually, probably something ridiculous, probably something Ricky Martin. (laugh)
3. What are the bands you’ve been listening to recently?
TOM: Loads of AIR really, isn’t it?
SASHA: AIR. (Where are they come from?) They’re from France.
TOM: And LCD Soundsystem.
4. What do you think is the best thing of being on tour?
TOM: Just traveling around really, I think. You don’t often get to go to many places for a job you know. It’s really a shame that you can’t spend more time in a city. We’ve only be here a day. We wanna stay for the week, but at least. Unfortunately we got places to be, things to do, shows to play. And getting to meet new people I suppose.
(So have you made friends with any cool bands?)
TOM: Yes, I mean we just make friends with anyone we play with really. You know, go for a party, have a drink with them.
SASHA: We hang out with Palma Violets a little bit. ( ye I saw the photo of you and Chilli taken by NME.) (laugh) And you know Jagwar Ma, from Sydney. Ye we met lots of people, lots of musicians to hang out together, or play with.
5. What is the band that inspired you the most?
SASHA: Right now? (yes)
SASHA & TOM: AIR! Probably… (laugh)
SASHA: They’re really good.
TOM: That’s for the next record you know what I mean? We’ve been listening to lots of them.
6. So it’s been a while since your debut album released. Have you guys been back to the studio?
TOM: Ye we’re recently based in New York. We’ve been doing lots of writing and recording to get ready for the next record.
(How is it sounding like?)
TOM: Sounding like a little bit more electronic than the previous record, and we’ve got Joey now he’s playing synth. He’s a bit of wizard on the keys (laugh)
SASHA: Ye I mean it’s not as like garage-rock anymore. It’s kind of more clever and.
TOM: It’s just more clever and more mature sort of music you know.
SAHSA: It’s quite ground sounding with lots of keyboard.
(Can you say a little bit more about it? like about the release?)
TOM: We’re not too sure about to be honest. I mean we’re still like just writing the record and.. We still need to find a label(laugh) But I mean hopefully this year to get out but I don’t know.
SASHA: Hopefully about summer.
TOM: Yeah.. September maybe, like the 1st single of the album. We’re not too sure.
SASHA: We’ll have a track. I’d say not like a single, but a track to show to some people within the next, 2 month.
(Any new songs for tonight?)
TOM: I’d say it’s 50/50 really, with new material I mean. We’ve been played the last album for so long that we’re excited to play something new.
SASHA: And even the old songs sound new because..
TOM: Joey’s playing keys!
(How much have you done with the new album?)
SASHA: uhm?? A quarter?
TOM: Half maybe? It’s hard to say I mean we’ve written a quite few songs but until we write more we don’t know whats gonna go on next.
SASHA: We’ll take it as it counts. I mean there’s no rush. We wanna write the best record we can, so … (laugh).
7. If you’re organizing a festival which bands are gonna be on the line-up?
TOM: I’d get, My Bloody Valentine?
SASHA & JOEY: Nah, no.
JOEY: They’re done, you know? They’re really done.
SASHA: I like their new album, I like it, sounds really intense(laugh)
SASHA: I’d probably get Tame Impala in there.
TOM: Ye, definitely.
SASHA: Surely for vibes, Tame Impala.
JOEY: Connan Mockasin!
SASHA: YEAH Connan Mockasin.
8. Where do you think you guys played the best gig ever?
SASHA: Our shows in New York have really good crowd. And some shows in Europe. We played really good festivals in Europe. Especially this one called?
SASHA&TOM: Midi Festival.
SASHA: It was amazing.
9. So this is your 1st show of 2014. What are your plans for this year?
SASHA: We’re going to SXSW!!
TOM: Ye, tomorrow.
SASHA: And… Back to New York to play. And then we gotta, leave the country to sort our visas out, to come back. I’m going to Australia with Joey. These guys are going back to London. And come back to America. I guess we’d probably get a single out then, do a tour. And then hopefully get the album done.