The Ballarat boys branch out, telling Noise11 that their new album has moved on from the heavy punk beginnings.
Jonathon Crawford, Tim Street, Michael Belsar and Lachlan Morrish of Hunting Grounds dropped in to Noise11 to discuss their forthcoming debut album In Hindsight.
Far from the ballsy, brattish beginnings of the previous version of the band, Howl, that won triplej Unearthed, In Hindsight has more scope and atmosphere than anything they’ve ever done before.
“We didn’t want to be that band anymore,” says Michael. “We wrote a bunch of songs for the album that were really heavy and we just did not like them and got really sick of them really easily so we decided to write something that we actually wanted to listen to.”
“We sorta stumbled across it,” Tim adds, “We didn’t really look out to write this way; make sure it’s this way. It just sorta happened.”
While the older, tougher ‘Cold Feet’ and their killer single ‘In Colour’ are still part of the album, it was actually new instruments that helped shape the broader sound – including a new keyboard and a grand piano.
“The new keyboard affected a lot,” Jon chuckles. Michael continues, “We got it and it just felt right. It was the weirdest thing. It’s funny, you never think that’s going to happen. We created this sound and it just worked so well with the other songs.”
Their immersive new album In Hindsight will be released on July 6. Check out the rest of the chat, where they discuss YouTube comments, the Prime Minister following them on twitter, their knockabout relationship with producer Woody Annison, and lots more.