Wollongong band Good Lekker are building momentum as they get ready for the release of their new EP Samsara which is out this week. This six piece are quickly showing plenty of promise as one of the country’s most exciting up and coming acts having supported Boo Seeka, Babe Rainbow, Verge Collection, Castlecomer and Gold Member.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the EP been?
It has been a bit surreal, it being our first EP and everything. We’ve been building toward this for a while now, and I don’t quite think that it has sunk in that it is finally about to be put out into the world.
Was the process of making your EP as challenging as you had thought?Ah, I guess so. We recorded an EP in July 2017 but never thought those four songs fit together as well as they could have so they never made it out in the world as an EP. A couple have made this EP though.
Writing music has never been an issue with us so far, there are six of us, so if anything, we have too many ideas. Recording Samsara was actually one of the best experiences that we’ve had. We worked with Sam Swain down in Melbourne. He was an absolute joy to work with,and everything really came together in the studio.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
We take some brit-pop influences then feed them through a mismatch of own varied influences. Then we jam it out in a shed and the result is what you hear. We’ve always struggled to articulate it so if you have any ideas send them our way.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
I’m not sure how much it actually comes through, but we are all massive fans of The War on Drugs. Their catalogue and attention to detail is seriously impressive. I think what we love about them the most is the tones that they get. I have their latest two albums on record and, more than anyone else, it is an absolute pleasure to sit in front of the speakers and take in the landscape of sounds that they get onto the record. Adam’s attention to detail is incredible.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Hmm, this is actually a difficult question. We’ve had a lot of advice as a band but nothing overly profound. One-time Ken West told us that we should practice inebriated to see what works for us. I think that is decent advice. Our advice for musicians starting out is to wear your earplugs. The buzz at 21 is not worth looking cooler.
How did the band get together?
We all met within about a week of all moving into Wollongong. Gray’s motivating purpose in coming down here was to form a ban, so we all squashed ourselves into a tiny storeroom in a dorm room and started making music. A few months later we were a bass player down and met Hamo at Splendour and brought him into the fold. A few weeks after that Oli met all of us and charmed his way into the band. It is a pretty standard story of a few people meeting and deciding that we wanted to make music more than anything else.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
We would love nothing more than to tour more. Playing music is the best thing in our lives, so offer us a tour and we’ll do our best to be there.
What’s next for Good Lekker?
We’re keen as beans to pump out another EP as soon as we can, tour and play festivals and hopefully get around to piecing an album together. First thing is to start writing.
Tell us a fun fact about each member of the band.
Dooley Whitton – He was once known for blasting psytrance very loudly through the streets of Wollongong.
Hamish Starr – Is known for wearing crop tops and hosting kickons.
Alex Gray – Is a supremely talented sax player. The only skill more refined is his ability to smoke bomb from gigs and parties without a trace.
Mal Hurley – Studies geology and has a feverish love for Bob Ross.
Josh Fahy – Is a huge nerd that loves British comedy.
Oli Critchley – Knows more famous people than anyone else in the band.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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