Culture Talks catches up with dynamic duo Her’s, hailing from Liverpool via Norway and Barrow we caught them ahead of their debut album release as they embark on their first tour outside of the UK.
Norways Audun Laading and Barrow-born Stephen Fitzpatrick met while at University in Liverpool through a mutual love of off-kilter humour and outsider art. Up until now, the pair have only released a handful of singles, their debut release ‘Songs of Her’s’ will feature six new tracks as well as their two previously released singles. Their brand of upbeat guitar-spangled pop and 80’s beach scuzz might be the perfect release as we move into the sunnier months. We caught up with them ahead of their show at SXSW while on tour with Wild Nothing to talk about their debut release and visiting Grandma and Grandad.
For those readers out there who might be hearing about you guys for the first time, would you like to introduce yourselves and give us a bit of background about the band?
Stephen and Audun, otherwise known as Skinner and Butch, we fancy ourselves as the bad guys from an unreleased Home Alone sequel. Until that happens we’re gonna serenade the world with dream pop and gags. Both from coastal towns in the middle of nowhere, we met in Liverpool, bonding over the 4 mop tops.
The record has a real guitar-led, nostalgic 80’s twang to it, reminiscent of Mac Demarco or Beach Fossils, what has influenced the sound of your debut record?
They’ve had their input on the influence, but we’re also big on Ariel Pink, R Stevie Moore, Monster Energy, long walks and a little slice of Metallica.
“We like to think we have a huge obscure fan base in Japan, who are working up the courage to ask us to come over”
For those not familiar with your live shows, tell us a bit about your setup and of course the addition of Pierce Brosnan (on drums).
So it’s just us two up front killing it with guitar, bass and a drum machine. Pierce is our spiritual guide through this musical journey and the leader of all beats (honorary third member in our hearts).
Latest single ‘Speed Racer’ sees you step up the pace slightly from your previous tracks, what’s the story behind the lyrics?
Speed Racer transports you into the mind of this rough boggin dodger who’s hounding on the ladies day n night, fuelled of course by speed baby!
We’re always interested in promoting artists from the North, what is it about Liverpool and the music scene that kept you there?
We’ve got a strong group of chums in Lpool who all play music (people play in each other’s bands etc). It’s a comfy little city centre for us to meditate in when we’re not twanging metal on wood. We find the big cities slightly intense, means they’re fun to visit though.
You’re currently on tour supporting Wild Nothing, and soon to embark on tour with Dutch Uncles, are there any cities coming up you’re particularly looking forward to visiting?
Getting our first taste of touring alright! We’re currently driving to Sheffield which should be coolio, we’re excited for Brighton but most of all BIG OL’ TEXAS.
You recently announced you will be playing SXSW, along with Popfest these will be your first shows outside of the UK, are there any obscure countries that you’ve discovered a fanbase in you’d like to play a show at?
We like to think we have a huge obscure fan base in Japan, who are working up the courage to ask us to come over (It’s okay guys!).
What are the plans for the Summer and beyond the current tour schedule?
Visiting Grandma and Grandad is a priority (chips and egg or fondu in the garden!) Bidda recording though and most likely a lot of shows!
Can you give us three tracks or albums you’re listening to at the minute while on tour?
The Garden – U Want The Scoop?
The Drums – Blood Under My Belt
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Souvenir
‘Songs of Her’s’ is set for release on 12th March via Heist or Hit, until then stream debut single ‘Speed Racer’ via Soundcloud. Check out all of Her’s upcoming tour dates below supporting Wild Nothing and Dutch Uncles.
18 Feb, LONDON, Moth Club (supporting Wild Nothing)
22 Feb, BIRMINGHAM, Hare and Hounds (supporting Wild Nothing)
23 Feb, LIVERPOOL, Leaf (supporting Wild Nothing)
26 Feb, MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute (supporting Wild Nothing)
04 March, MADRID, Madrid PopFest
06 March, BIRMINGHAM, Hare and Hounds (supporting Dutch Uncles)
07 March, SHEFFIELD, The Plug (supporting Dutch Uncles)
08 March, OXFORD, O2 Academy 2 (supporting Dutch Uncles)
09 March, BRISTOL, Fleece (supporting Dutch Uncles)
11 March, BRIGHTON, The Haunt (supporting Dutch Uncles)
12 March, SOUTHAMPTON, Talking Heads (supporting Dutch Uncles)
13 March, LONDON, Village Underground (supporting Dutch Uncles)
14-19 March, AUSTIN, SXSW
30 April, LIVERPOOL, FestEvol Gardens