Go Violets are an awesome four-piece making fun garage rock that hits you somewhere between heartache and a good time. Their debut EPÂ Heart SliceÂ is released on October 4, but we have the advance stream for you right here, on the house. Press play, then read on for an illuminating chat about making music, being in a girl band and Leonardo DiCaprio’s career highlights.
Your bandcamp site says you like laundromats, golden Bermuda tans and Leonardo DiCaprio. Weâ€™d like to focus on the latter.Â Which DiCaprio character is your favourite and why?
Phoebe:Â Letâ€™s go for the obvious and say Jack Dawson in Titanic? Who can resist a lower-class fringed beauty? Or the spit scene? Thatâ€™s romance.
Alice:Â DiCaprio as Toby in This Boyâ€™s Life is like, total girl porn. He cries (a lot), he gets his head shaved, he gets beaten up by Robert De Niro for not scraping the bottom of the jam jar, and then at the end thereâ€™s some kind of happy ending. I forgot. My older sister used to have her room covered top to bottom with Leo posters in her teens. It was like our personal Leo shrine. Very moving experience.
Harriette:Â Whatâ€™s Eating Gilbert Grape because I cry every time Arnie Grape, aka Leo, gets left in the bath. Cos then heâ€™s not really a Grape anymore, more like a prune, amiright?
Ruby: Leo as Jim Carroll in Basketball Diaries because he has such an addictive personality. P.s I just googled the characterâ€™s name. That scene where they jump off the cliff and youâ€™re like, â€˜Shit, Leoâ€™s gonna die!â€™, but then he doesnâ€™t, and instead becomes an addict â€“ thatâ€™s life changing.
What are your roles in Go Violets?
Phoebe is one of our lead singers and lead guitarist, she wrote the EP’s ‘Wanted’, ‘Teenager’ and ‘Beside Me’. Phoebeâ€™s a graduate nurse and apparently can cook homemade dumplings, although sheâ€™s still to prove that to the rest of us. Alice is our other lead singer and rhythm guitarist, she wrote the EP’s ‘Runner’ and ‘Josie’. Alice loves to draw and is getting really into doing artwork and posters for a bunch of cool bands at the moment. Ruby is our cute drummer and wrote ‘Crazy’. Rubydoo has split personas (can you blame her? Sheâ€™s a Gemini) and depending on the photograph you can usually tell whether sheâ€™s being Ruth, Rudy, Rita, or just plain Rubz. Sheâ€™s also an artist and likes to make hair sculptures. Harriette is our bassist and we keep telling her to write songs, but sheâ€™s really shy about showing us. Harriette is the bandâ€™s comic relief, she also does some pretty intense backing vocals â€“ were she not with the band, we probably would have to scratch that we can do harmonies from our bio.
How did you all meet?
Phoebe showed up at this party once dressed in a toga and started offering Panadol to everyone, and Alice thought she was a drug dealer. They started going to gigs together and playing songs because they were bored. Ruby was a wandering underage pixie whom Alice met at a basement in Red Hill, and Harriette was this stunning long-legged bassist that Go Violets decided to poach from another band called Babaganouj.
Whoâ€™s your favourite girl band?
There are plenty but it would be a toss-up between The Spazzys and Tiger Trap. The Spazzys are from Melbourne and their straight-up, Ramones-inspired punk is up our alley. Then thereâ€™s Tiger Trap, which is a â€™90s band from Sacramento, California, that really only released one EP and one album, but if you listen to their sweet melodies and hard-out rock attitude youâ€™ll just fall in love. Rose Melberg from Go Sailor, The Softies and Gaze fronted that band, possibly why it will never leave us.
Do you identify as a girl band yourselves?
We do love girl bands and draw inspiration from those, but at the end of the day weâ€™re just another band writing music, regardless of gender.
Whatâ€™s the name Heart Slice all about?
A lot of the songs on the EP talk about getting your heart sliced, in one way or another, which is a totally sucky thing but helps you write good songs!
Where did you write and record this EP?
Half the songs were pieced from material we have been playing for a couple of months, while other songs, like â€˜Wantedâ€™, were stuff that had never been played before which was a bit of a challenge to take to the studio. We pretty much refined our parts for â€˜Wantedâ€™ as recordings moved along, which was a big learning curve, but really rewarding at the end because the songs sounded so much like us. Listening to the final mixes for the first time was crazy.
Whoâ€™s the most amazing person youâ€™ve worked with so far?
Weâ€™ve worked with so many great people for this EP to come to life, itâ€™s hard to choose one person. Our producer Sean was a real fatherly figure for us for so many months, and always so patient, and understanding. Usually when we called him back about a mix heâ€™d already know we wanted more guitars here, more guitars there.
Touring with SURES in September was also a bit of a lesson for us, they are such great live performers, and their energy just spills onto the crowd. Itâ€™s a crazy process; you have to go to a show to see it happen. Every time we were on we just tried to match that momentum, we tried to live up to them, and we definitely grew as performers by doing that.
Whatâ€™s the number one tour bus rule?
Whoâ€™s bringing the shampoo and the most amount of clothes? Can we all share them? The answer to both of those is usually Phoebe and yes.
What are you looking forward to next?
Really keen to go overseas next year and play in the UKâ€™s Great Escape Festival, that will be lots of fun. Also writing new stuff.
Whatâ€™s the last thing you bought on the internet?
A t-shirt from Philadelphia brat punk band Slutever, which is actually like three sizes too big but still awesome.
Heart Slice is out 4 October, 2013.
And the ‘Emotional Leo DiCaprio’ Facbook page is here: www.facebook.com/emotionalleodicaprioÂ