Hellions Talk New Music & Upcoming Album, "Rue": "There’s Not Much Point in Doing Any of This If It Isn’t Any Fun"
The year may be starting to wind down, but for Australian quartet, Hellions, things are just getting started. Out October 19th, the band’s new album, Rue builds upon the theatrical dynamics and powerful lyricism that defined the Hellions’ 2016 release, Opera Oblivia and finds the band looking inward to find peace and happiness. With Rue out this fall, their recently released single, “Smile” out now, and festival appearances and tour dates coming up, Hellions have quite a bit to look forward to in the coming months.
We recently caught up with the band to chat about the upcoming album, the growth since Opera Oblivia and plans for the rest of 2018. Check out the full interview and listen to “Smile” now below.
Interview by Dom Vigil
Can you tell us a little bit about Hellions for anyone who might be hearing you for the first time
We’re an Australian band rooted in punk, spreading our tendrils into the cosmos.
You guys are currently gearing up to release your new album, Rue this fall. What are you most excited for fans to hear on this upcoming release?
We are indeed! I’m most excited for listeners to hear the Rue opener ‘Blueberry Odyssey’, the intro piece and the chorus that follows are two of my favourite sections we’ve written.
Rue follows your 2016 release, Opera Oblivia. How do you feel you’ve grown as artists, songwriters and people in the two years between these two albums?
We’ve done a fair bit of touring during the intervening months, each tour sees us coming back as a more developed unit, and, I suppose, a more professional unit, to a point. There’s not much point in doing any of this if it isn’t any fun, so we don’t like to let unnecessary details interfere with that.
Speaking for myself, as a songwriter, I’ve allowed myself to become a little more influenced by the sounds of the seventies since the Opera Oblivia sessions. There’s some magic to be found in that era that I’ve yet to find elsewhere.
You’ve talked before about how Rue urges listeners to look inward and face the battles that may be raging inside of them. Personally, what stories did you want to tell on this album?
I wanted to discuss the pursuit and attainment of lasting purpose, in spite of the human condition.
The human mind is wrought with a phalanx of sufferings which can leave high consciousness to feel like a burden nearly too heavy to bear. Living as altruistic a life as possible is the only thing that quietens that cacophony for me and I’d like to encourage people to think about what can do that for them.
For this release, you partnered with Shane Edwards, who you guys have worked with for years now. What special edge is he able to bring to a Hellions album? How does he push you to create the best music possible?
Shane brings a unique, time-sharpened perspective to the songs and has a great ear for structure. He pushes us best by simply being honest. He’ll have no qualms with telling us if we’ve overused a progression, melody, or rhythm, when an idea is on the naff or unoriginal side, or when we’re on the path toward something truly special.
What was the most rewarding or exciting moment of the writing and recording process of Rue?
All the moments when we breach unchartered territory. We upped the theatricality on tracks like ‘Theatre of the Lotus’, ‘Get Up!’ and ‘Blueberry Odyssey in a way that I wasn’t sure we were capable of and there isn’t anything more exciting than that to me.
You also recently released “Smile” from the upcoming album! What inspired this track?
Frustration gave birth to Smile. Our species has an urgent need for moment-to-moment entertainment and it continually brings out the worst in many of us. Have a scroll through your Facebook feed if you’re in need of a quick example.
With Rue out in October, do you have any plans to hit the road soon? Any shows coming up?
We’re playing a few festivals and embarking on a short headline run in Australia later this year. We’ve just been announced as part of next years Unify line up too, which is exciting - beyond that, you’d have to wait and see!
Do you have any other big plans or goals for 2018?
Our main priority for 2018 is to get Rue into as many ears as possible, by whatever means available to us.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
If you care for what you’ve heard so far, pre-order Rue ahead of its October 19 release! and if you're looking for something to keep you occupied in the mean time, be sure to check out The American Dream, the latest offering from our buds in Trophy Eyes