Brisbane’s not-so-sweetheart indie rock five-piece Midnight Fuckboys are bringing back the sounds of The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and The Hives, with the release of their riff heavy new single Under Your Spell. Meeting in high school where the band started as an Acappella group, the five music lovers only picked up their instruments a few years ago and haven’t looked back since. Consisting of Harry Heenan (vocals, guitar), Murray Thorpe (vocals, keys), Connor Nicholson (lead guitar), Harris Wakeling (drums), and Charlie Armstrong (bass), The Midnight Fuckboys rely on passion rather than skill, the band compliment strong vocal harmonies with a healthy dose of passion fuelled hooky riffs. The band drop by to answer some questions about their new single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the forthcoming album been so far?
Usually we’re out gigging when we have released music in the past and it is a huge celebration, so it has been weird now that we aren’t doing that. We have just released a new single, Under Your Spell, a little over a week ago, which is off the album. We had about a year break from releasing anything while we recorded the album, so it felt great when we had something new out in the world.
Was the process of making your new single Under Your Spell as challenging as you thought?
We seem to always mistakenly have big nights the night before we go into the studio, so being a bit rusty while trying to not fuck up a recording is definitely challenging. The “studio” was actually our producer’s living room and bedroom that didn’t have air-con at the time, which isn’t the most ideal environment on a summer’s day in Brisbane.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
In regards to recording, we really value the guys who recognise the beauty in simplicity. Sometimes stripping a song down to its bare bones is doing it more of a service than just continuously layering with more sounds to get it sounding bigger. Arctic Monkeys’ AM is a great example.
Our biggest influence live though is just the guys who are having the best time really. If people recognise you’re enjoying yourself, they’ll usually enjoy themselves. Unless they’re arseholes, in which case WHO NEED ‘EM??
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Always put BBQ sauce in the fridge
What is the Midnight Fuckboys life story?
We started out as a group of mates in high-school that wanted to poke fun at our school’s music department which weren’t fond of, and had entered in their music competition as an Acapella group. Teaching staff would often wonder what us group of boys would be doing sneaking out behind the buildings at lunchtime – there was a rumour going round that we were doing drugs. They got so worked up that they alerted the principal and much to his surprise we were in fact practising our Acapella. We accidentally fell in love with making music together so we picked up a few instruments and have been going ever since.
What music was on heavy rotation for you during the writing process, and has it changed from what’s on your playlist now?
Bit of AM, bit of …Like Clockwork, bit of Black Rebel Motorcycle club. Although we still love that music, our taste has evolved heaps since wrote those songs. Not as determined on being bad arse rock stars, we can appreciate pop and hip hop and the whole kit caboodle. There’s usually some good in everything, even the shit stuff.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers, that they may not know about you?
Despite what Doctors keep telling us, we’re gonna try for another baby.
Interview By Rob Lyon