Q&A: The Hello Morning
Steven Clifford from The Hello Morning.
Define your genre in five words or less:
Psychedelic, country, rock'n'roll.
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Neil Young.
What do you love about making music?
Working with the people in this band, doing things our own way.
What do you hate about the music industry?
There seems to be a lot of people in it that don’t do a great deal.
If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
I’d love to meet Johnny Cash. Play a couple of songs with him and ask him a question or two.
If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why?
I think assassination might be a little extreme. I think awful bands being successful isn’t the awful bands’ fault. Maybe we should consider assassinating entire fan bases? Now that’s extreme.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Six people on stage, lots of guitars, Hammond organ, harmonies and good times.
What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
Our debut album and an EP we’re only selling as part of this tour.
So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say?
This beer is warm, let’s go and watch the rest of this band's set… it’s much better. Then they order a whiskey and have a nice night.
How long have you been gigging and writing?
Around five years with this lineup.
Which band would you most like to have a battle/showdown with?
The Drones. They would kick our arses…
What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
Living in the city my whole life.
When’s the gig and with who?
The Corner Hotel with Busby Marou and Leader Cheetah on Thursday June 28.
What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed?
Ah… definitely asking the wrong person this question.
Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them?
Our self-titled debut album is available at all good record stores/iTunes.