RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN BAND BELLHOP
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band?
Both of us loved to play music ever since we were wee kids and since we lived together we began having frequent jam sessions in our parent’s basement. From there we decided to form a band, wrote a setlist worth of songs and started playing gigs!
Introduce us to your members and both your musical history?
The first half of the band is the front person and guitarist Harry. Harry has a long history of playing music, he’s been singing and playing the guitar since the day he was born. He used to play in the indie rock band Potato Boy, and now plays in Bellhop and has his own solo project.
The second half of the band is Bella. She has no prior band or musical history and only started learning drums a few years ago when Harry brought round his friend’s old drum kit.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
One question we get asked a lot is if we’re going to get a bassist in the band. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good bass slap but Bellhop will forever remain a baseless and tasteless duo.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
If you count Facebook as a conspiracy, then in that case, absolutely.
What useless party trick do you have?
Bella’s party trick is to go around and tell men that she plays the drums just to see their souls leave their bodies in disbelief (which they do!)
Harry’s party trick is making everybody at the party believe he’s having a great time when in reality he’s dying on the inside and wants to go home.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
When we played the Squinked Unlocked show our record labels launch party at the Brunswick Ballroom, it was fresh out of Melbourne’s lockdowns which were the longest in the world!! It was really fun to play loud heavy rock music in such a beautiful venue on such a sick lineup!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Honestly, (touch wood) we haven’t had any bad experiences on stage besides the odd technical difficulty
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
A lot of people are surprised when they find out we’re brother and sister, even though we think we have the exact same face!
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Describing our music to an alien would be similar to describing our music to our own Mother, in which we simply say “Good fun, big noise”
What makes you stand out as a band?
The fact there are only two of us and we are brother and sister (YEW), people don’t expect us to sound as heavy and loud as we do consider that our ‘genre’ is typically made up of at least three or more band members.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )
Terrible movie reboots of old childhood classics (Cheaper by the Dozen)
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
At the moment, it’s a song called 3199, a new track that’ll be released on our upcoming album. 3199 is the postcode of the suburb we were born and raised in, the beloved Frankston – a suburb that is quite a controversial topic in Melbourne.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Our new single “Alone” was written by Harry in the depths of lockdown, it touches on themes of loneliness, isolation and the dark thoughts that emerge from being locked inside – Harry refers to his room as a dark cell.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Our songwriting process is more about doing than thinking. We hit record, start jamming and the songs kind of just pop out. In terms of the lyrics, we wanted to call a song “Alone” as a nod to one of our favourite Melbourne bands “Enola” (Alone backwards). Harry then wrote lyrics around the themes of loneliness and depression.
What was the recording process like?
It was easy breezy, we recorded our album in Harry’s backyard shed with his housemate Brodie Casey. We record all of our songs live to try and capture the same energy and sound as if you were to see us at a show.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
The biggest learning curve was deciding on what feeling and sound we wanted the album to have. And of course, this song being the first single, it was important for us to figure out how this song will set the tone for the rest of the album.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No the song is everything we could have ever imagined in our wildest dreams!
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Our plans are to finish the album, release it and play as many gigs as we can!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Support your local music scene, go see live music, support emerging artists!!! And fucking listen to Bellhop of course 😉