The Tommyhawks on finding yourself, leaving their music up to interpretation and their upcoming tour
Bedroom, the latest track from Perth indie rockers The Tommyhawks,radiates an intriguing vibe,exploring the transition from childhood to adulthood and how identity is constantly evolving within those stages.
Vocalist Addison Axe discusses the expectations placed upon adolescents to have themselves all figured out by the time they finish high school.
“There’s this expectation that by the time you leave high school, you’re going to know who you are and what you want to do with your life,” she says. “But in reality for most people, working out who you are is a lifelong journey.
“The song Bedroom is about that journey from childhood to adulthood and all the places in between, and the fact that you’re never really one thing or the other but always changing, and that’s okay.
“Accepting that you’re always going to change is where you actually find out who you are, rather than putting on all the pressure that we experience, whether it’s through society or our peers or our families, so you have your shit figured out.
“In some ways, I hope I never figure my shit out because that’s part of the exciting thing about life isn’t it?” she says.
Axe also details her songwriting process, contemplating the journey that she makes with each song she writes.
“Without sounding too pretentious, I’ve got no idea what the listener would think, because it’s like a diary entry,” she says. “In a way when you write, it’s not necessarily intended for anyone to hear.
“Then that journey as a musician is to bear your soul and put it out there to the world. What people think is what they’ll think.
“The cool thing about songs – and this is both as a music fan and as a writer – is when you experience someone else’s song, you experience it with your own approach,” she continues. “I might listen to a famous song and have a completely different picture or visual image or idea of what it’s about than you would. That’s what makes it so magical; it is per every single person, if you leave it open enough then it becomes personal to everyone who hears it.
Axe is excited about the upcoming national tour, and she’s mostly looking forward to being on the road with her band because they’re all best friends.
“We have a real sisterhood thing going on, it’s the best fun ever,” she says. “You go into this different bubble, where real life is not real and this weird alternative reality takes over and there’s nothing quite like it. That’s what I’m so excited about.
“Every show becomes a story, no matter whether it’s the best show ever, or the sort of gig that makes you never ever want to do another show; it’s all part of the rich tapestry of life.”
As for The Tommyhawks’ future goals, they’ve already scheduled their third EP to be coming out in July, and they’ve also started working on a full album.
“The aim is to start recording a full-length album by the end of the year, which is quite exciting because we haven’t done that before,” Axe says. “I’m hoping that everything that we’ve done so far to make the EP is going to pay off, because we really found ourselves through that process and got to know each other both as people and as musicians.
“I think the album will be like next level in terms of us as a band. The EPs have been the sketches and the album will be the full painting.”
By Christine Tsimbis