Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Holidays

The Holidays
Photo by Luke Stephenson

Sydney three-piece The Holidays dropped their new single All Time High two weeks back. The song is the second single taken from their forthcoming sophomore LP which is due out in early 2014. The trio comprised of Simon Jones (guitar and vocals), Alex Kortt (bass), and Andrew Kerridge (drums) created a dream pop tune which immediately captured our curiosity with its infectious synth and atmospheric vibe. Luckily for AMBY, our curiosity was fulfilled in a recent interview where The Holidays spoke with us about the name of the upcoming album, banana chairs, and their first band name– Rookie of the Year.

AMBY: Hi The Holidays, thanks for speaking with us. What have you been up to the past week?

The Holidays: Mostly finalising album artwork and deciding on video concepts for our new single.

AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?

The Holidays: Simon – scientist, Andrew – entertainer

AMBY: Your latest single All Time High was released on November 11th. What’s the story behind the song?

The Holidays: It’s a song we’ve had for around 18 months but only came back to towards the end of finishing the album. We’ve always loved the main guitar riff but it had no vocals for a long period. When we came back to our (hundreds) of demos to decide on a track list we all felt it had a special something and deserved finishing. The feeling of nostalgia and yearning for that perfect place in time is basically the riff in lyrical form.

AMBY: Your sophomore album is coming out early next year. What will the LP be titled?

The Holidays: Real Feel.

AMBY: Where did the line “having an existential crisis in a banana chair” come from?

The Holidays: I honestly have know idea. I think Simon came up with it.

AMBY: Does hailing from Sydney have an influence on your sound? And if so, how?

The Holidays: no I don’t think so. when we started maybe a little, that’s when the ‘post-punk wear your influences on your sleeve’ scene was really prominent. although even then we had more pop leanings. Simon is the chief song writer in the band and a large portion of the record was written on his travels in Tokyo, London & Berlin, so if anything a lot of the music comes from a place completely removed from the trappings of a certain cities sound.

AMBY: Which other artists from Sydney should we keep our eyes on?

The Holidays: I’m a little out of the loop at the moment but Elizabeth Rose sounds like she has the goods.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

The Holidays: Too hard to say, but I really like Pusha T’s record My Name Is My Name.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Holidays that nobody knows yet?

The Holidays: The very first band name me and Simon decided on was Rookie of the Year. Truly awful if your not pop punk teenagers

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Thank you The Holidays, for giving us your answers!

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