Win Tickets To Husky
Local lads Husky are having a big year, to put it mildly. After their acclaimed performances at this year’s Laneway festivals, the Melbourne indie-folk quartet have signed to legendary Seattle indie Sub Pop –– home to Fleet Foxes, Beach House, No Age, Low, Wolf Parade and Washed Out, among many others –– who will be releasing the band’s wonderfully lush lp Forever So worldwide (bar Australia and New Zealand).
After an 18-date tour of Germany, which saw them play to nearly 20,000 people, Husky headed over in Texas for SXSW in March, where they were a highlight of our Austin or Bust day party; they then followed up with shows in New York, LA and at Canadian Music Week.
Husky will soon return to home shores for a national tour, beginning April 16, after which they’re off again for more European and US dates. We highly recommend checking out the band live –– and we’re making it pretty easy to do just that, by giving away tickets to one of the shows in each Australian Laneway city on their upcoming tour. Read on for details on how to win.
We recently caught up with Gideon Preiss (keys, vocals), and asked him about Husky's big year, their recent travels, and the year ahead.
2012 has been a huge year for the band. Having been together for three years, did it all seem to happen quite suddenly?
Yes, it has been a huge year for us so far, as was 2011. Although we’ve been working for many years as musicians and writers, we are still in wonder at quickly things have happened for us. We are all confused and humbled.
Big congrats on signing to Sub Pop –– the first Australian band to do so. Did you have a sense recording Forever So in the bungalow, that you were onto something that would strike a chord with so many people?
Thank you. When we recorded Forever So I don’t believe we ever imagined that it would strike such a chord. It was made at a time of experimentation and uncertainty as we were embarking on our first serious production and engineering effort. We were quite isolated and spent countless hours couped up in our backyard bungalow converted into our home studio, slaving and deliberating over every detail in the record.
You recently headed out on a big tour of Germany and then made your SXSW debut. How was that?
We played 18 shows across Germany and Austria opening for a German band called Boy. It was a great time and a wonderful introduction to international touring life. We were so well looked after on that tour. We played some great shows, ate like kings, met some very kind, memorable people and played to what has so far proven to be some of the most attentive and polite audiences in the world. Touring Europe certainly was a culture shock for us as was SXSW, albeit for very different reasons! During the festival Austin hosts something like 8,000 bands across hundreds of stages. The city seems to shut down while it’s over-run by punters, musos, industry folk and people from all walks of life. It was incredibly chaotic and at times quite tough being one of the 8,000 bands but we managed to play some good shows and saw some amazing gigs. All in all it was one hell of an experience!
Are you looking forward to returning home for The Woods tour?
This last tour was such a great learning experience for us and one thing I’ve learnt is just how lucky we are to have a fan base back home and what a thrill it is to step out on stage to people that know your music. So yes, we are wrapped to be home and are very much looking forward to the tour.
What’s the plan for the year ahead? Any new material in the works?
We will be heading out again shortly on another European/US tour so that will be the focus following the Woods tour. We have already started working on new material while we adapt to our new lives of heavy touring. Some of this new material we’ve already started performing, some of it is still in its infant stages. I think a challenge for us will be to find ways to continue writing and being creative while being on the road and performing night after night.
We’ve got two double passes to give away to one of Husky’s shows in each Australian Laneway city (dates below). Just write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you should win.
Sat 21 April / Adelaide – Jive Bar
Thurs 26 April / Brisbane – The Zoo
Fri 4 May / Perth – The Bakery
Sat 5 May / Sydney – Oxford Art Factory
Sun 6 May / Melbourne – The Corner Hotel