By Larissa Shearman
Brisbane five-piece Hey Geronimo have been tinkering away at their debut album since their break-out in 2012. The product of the last four years is finally here, titled Crashing Into the Sun, and it’s a damn cool collection of tunes that document their journey from then until now.
The album follows two EPs, Hey Geronimo and Erring on the Side of Awesome, but this time the band comes equipped with a brand-spanking new keyboardist, Pluto Jonze, who is also known as one of ‘Australia’s most underrated indie writers.’ He joins the original four-members/vocal powerhouses in this 12-track effort.
You’d know a few of their tracks from way back revolving on Triple J, like 2012’s Carbon Affair and their debut on Triple J Unearthed Why Don’t We Do Something. Their unique Aussie indie sound mixed with the summer vibes that burst out of the speakers when you play their tracks are undeniable and awesome, especially during these chilly winter months.
Big sounds on this release include classic Carbon Affair and Lazer Gun Show, but new efforts including titular track Crashing Into the Sun and Bermuda (also one of the band’s favs) show these guys aren’t messing around when it comes to powerful sounds. The overarching idea behind the album seems to be the hilarious juxtaposition between catchy tunes and the dark themes they describe. And we love it.
Vertigo caught up with the band prior to the album’s release, have a geez at the insight and thought process behind formulating one massive debut LP.
Q. What’s it like finally putting out your debut album, over four years in the making? It’s a long way from your Beatles tribute inception!
It feels really good! It’s a collection of songs that sums up the last couple of years very nicely and we’re very happy with the way it’s turned out. Still wheel out a Beatles cover now and then… just for old times’ sake!
Q. Run us through the big differences in creating the album versus your EPs?
I think sometimes EPs can just be vehicles for singles. i.e. Putting padding around your good songs so they can be taken more seriously. For us an album is more a case of “don’t fuck this up because once it’s done, it’s done and it will always be that way”. I guess that ties into the notion of your EPs sort of disappearing from everybody’s memory as soon as your first record comes out.
Q. We’ve read that you needed to step back and figure out what your music was all about before you could start this new chapter. What was it like to finally come up with the magic themes that would steer Hey Geronimo into the future ?
This album is a little bit of the old, and a little bit of the new. It’s funny because even though it’s our debut, it’s a kind of “transition” album. Bingers’ influence was really strong here. Everything got a bit darker when he started writing for the band, and I sort of followed suit. As far as “magic themes” go, there was no conscious decision, although we did realise after the fact that even though half the songs are upbeat, the underlying stories behind the all the songs are a bit grim, which is something we do perversely enjoy.
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