To celebrate LISTEN’s new website we’re interviewing a bunch of local Australian artists to profile them on the site. Introducing Kill the Darling:
How would you best describe your music?
How did your band / musical project start?
I met Dave in a music performance class at Uni. The class involved co-writing a song with another student. As fate would have it, we were the last two dorks in the class left without a partner and got stuck together. Trav and Dave grew up together out in the East Gippy country. Alice was the last addition to the band. I met her at a friend’s party and was immediately enamoured by her.
Do you make music with a political focus? If so, what is your focus? If not, why not?
I do like exploring the idea that traditionally women must use their bodies and beauty as social capital while remaining silent. We are socialised to quell our aggression, sexual desires and rage. I like to apply this ideal to our music, then use lyrics to disrupt it. Where the vocals and music are the instant gratification of the beauty associated with femininity, the lyrics are the grit and fury so many of us tamp down. When we walk on stage people often expect us to play sweet, folk music because we look quite innocent and ‘nice’. It’s always really fun to surprise them and talk about things that are ugly, raw and embarrassing.
What has been the biggest highlight as a band?
Making our video clip for ‘The Towers, Our World and its Lovers’ was definitely a highlight. Collaborating with so many hardworking people and being on the receiving end of so much generosity was incredible.
Who are your biggest influences musically right now?
As a band we all have quite different tastes in music which really helps to write interesting songs. I always have PJ Harvey, Patti Smith and Nick Cave on loop. Outside of that I’ve been listening to a lot of Perfume Genius, Jen Cloher, Peep Tempel, Cash Savage. Remi, RVG, Goat and so much more!
Where can people find your music?