Sean Pollard - Vocals, Guitar. Rhys Davies - Guitar, Vocals. Ben Golby - Keys, Vocals. Jack T - Drums, Vocals. Vaughan Davies - Bass, Vocals.
Always attempting to find that sweet spot between head and heart, Melbourne via Perth quintet Split Seconds return with Halfway There- another entry in their ever expanding canon of smart-pop nuggets.
Following on from the success of their much vaunted debut album You'll Turn Into Me, the boys have weathered a change in scenery and appeared on the other side with a signature study in the frivolity of modern love set to a jaunty backbeat that tips it's hat to the likes of Blur and Mystery Jets, while still maintaining Split Seconds' indefinable sense of musical identity.
Recorded by in-demand producer Steve Schram (San Cisco, Loon Lake, Eagle And The Worm) the morning after lead singer Sean Pollard broke his wrist in three places in a biking accident, Halfway There features guest vocals from fast rising songstress Kathryn Rollins, playing a sort of Dianne Keaton to Pollard's Woody Allen. The two banter back and forth, eventually uniting and admitting the inescapable fact: "we knew the differences were the sum of us, but when we add em' up, we were halfway there..." Rarely has dysfunction sounded this harmonious.
From the former lead singer of New Rules for Boats comes Split Seconds - Sean Pollard's solo project.
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
I think we got our sound from trying to sound like a bunch of really great singers and bands and sort of failing but then finding something we liked anyway. So it was all a bit of a deliberate accident. We listen to a lot of Spoon and a lot of good Australian stuff like The Go Betweens and The Drones - so something in that ballpark is what we're going for at the moment!
What should a punter expect at your show?
We have lots of male harmonies going on - people always comment on the manmonies.
Tell us about making music in the most isolated city in the world…
Perth is great because new bands always have a bunch of time to sort out their sound before anyone goes out to see them. So by the time anyone starts paying attention they're actually pretty good. And then everyone gets all excited and goes to see them and helps them out. Basically - it's a great place to hide your mistakes and a really great place to show off when you've sorted them out. It's tops!
What’s coming up in the future?
Our first EP is coming out really soon. It has 6 songs about London on it so we're looking forward to playing that to some friendly strangers. We're playing a few festivals soon too so we'll be trying to resist the urge to wear shorts on stage. We're also trying to build a studio where we can record our first album. It's really hard because we can see a brutal Perth summer on the horizon and the little garage we've built it in is almost definitely going to become a heat cauldron as soon as it gets anywhere near 30 degrees. We bought an air conditioner but it only cools half the room. I predict that we will be sweatily hanging out in that half of the room in the future. Also we don't have any money so when we say "build a studio" we mean "borrow everyone's gear and try not to break it".
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18 Apr 2012
The steady stomp...
The steady stomp of this tune is dangerously charming but it's the crisp production that really seals the deal with every instrument, handclap and whistle dripping like gold from my headphones.