Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Smile”?
I believe Smile to be our brightest sounding song to date. The effervescence of the music is offset by the sobriety of the lyrics, we’ve grown quite fond of this sort of juxtaposition.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Flicking through radio stations of a morning, petty party talk, prime-time television in the evening, every magazine cover sat on the tabloid stand. This planet has a penchant for chewing on trivial matters that aren’t of any real consequence to us, asserting invalid opinions for the sake of having our voices heard.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
The single comes off your new album Rue – what’s the story behind the title?
The word ‘Rue’ doubles as both a feeling of regret / repentance and a feeling of compassion / pity, which we thought covered the dual subject matter of the record succinctly and beautifully. The title is a reflection of the fickle and multifaceted nature of the human condition.
How was the recording and writing process?
Complicated! The record was written over the course of about a year and a half, and we spent three months in the studio. We wanted to ensure that the sound of Rue was a true development on what we had covered with Opera Oblivia.
You recorded in Thailand —How did that process influence the music on the album?
Karma Sound Studios is paradisiacal, the feeling of calm that envelopes the place has granted us peace in moments of turmoil (which can be numerous when the pressures of writing and recording rear their heads). The primary influence on the process came in the form of Shane Edwards, the head Producer / Engineer over at KSS and our fifth member. It’s not a Hellions record without his direction and dedication.
What do you think brought about this deeper and darker direction on this record?
I had fallen into a deep unhappiness and general dissatisfaction with my life in it’s standing at the time.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I found resonance in works of philosophical pessimism by Thomas Ligotti, Arthur Schopenhauer, Peter Zapffe and the like. Ligotti’s ‘The Conspiracy Against the Human Race’ was the catalyst. Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were also prevalent influences
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re playing a few festivals and embarking on a short headline run in Australia later this year!
What else is happening next in Hellions’ world?
The release of Rue, the apple of our collective eye, is about all we’re fixated on at this point in time.