Father Deer Hands are performing a Factory Reset with their brand new single and video. Hailing from the suburbs of Sydney, Father Deer Hands are a quintessentially Australian Melodic/ Punk Hardcore outfit of loud technical guitars, huge drums, percussive and sludgy bass lines and dynamic vocals. A band of friends who want to go against the grain of standard heavier roots in music with a love of all styles of music and a desire to express that in their own way. Any way you look at Father Deer Hands, they are a breath of fresh air in the Australian Music Industry. The band answer some questions about Factory Reset and what lies ahead.
How has the build-up been to the new single Factory Reset?
The process of recording and shooting the video was a blast! We have a really great relationship with Clayton and Angie from the Brain Recording studio and Amy from Ayemehmac Photography. They’re all family to us and we feel that makes it all so much easier to achieve what we are going for. It’s both such a stressful and exciting time when releasing new music, you’re unsure how people are going to react. It’s a nice feeling knowing it’s now out there and people are really loving it.
What is the background behind the single?
Out of all of our songs Factory Reset definitely took us the longest to write. We started writing it just before the pandemic happened and went into complete lockdown so we were constantly revisiting it. Further to this once we had the first draft completed we had to deal with other issues such as a member being injured and 2020 just not providing the best state of mind for all of us. Not to say nothing good came out of last year there were definitely some amazing highs as well. When we were able to get together again full time the first thing we did was jump back in and made ‘Factory Reset’ the song it is today. We love the end product and we feel the lyrics speak for itself, very proud of this one.
What has the fan response been like so far?
Very positive so far, our fan base are some of the best people in the world. The amount of positive comments and general feedback has been absolutely amazing. This can range from comments on our socials or video as well direct messaging to our personal profiles. It’s always nice to know that people are listening and loving what we’re releasing.
Is the band building towards and album or EP?
Absolutely! It’s still early days but we’re constantly writing, we have enough material now for a big release. We’re at the stage where we’re perfecting everything to the best of our abilities. When we do release it we want it to be a reflection on ourselves and something we and our listeners can be proud of.
Does the music come before the lyrics?
Most of the time it usually comes around the same time, we usually always write together and have our own inputs into how our songs are structured. We never look at lyrics and think “These lyrics are about this subject matter, so therefore this needs to be a slower song”. We’re very old school in a sense we’re we just jam it out and see how it feels.
Who would you say is the biggest shared musical influence/ inspiration for Father Deer Hands?
We all definitely have shared similarities in tastes of music but at the same time our influences differ greatly. We never really go and write a song and feel that it needs to be influenced by a specific artist. Our influences go from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Coverge, Stray from the Path and the Plot in You all the way to the other side of the ball court with bands like Hot Mulligan, Modern Baseball & Stand Atlantic. It’s diverse and we defiantly share our love for different artists between ourselves.
What inspired the band name?
This is probably our most asked question since starting Father Deer Hands, a few people get where it comes from straight away. Pretty much Wade and James were driving up the coast and Chop Suey by System Of the Down came on the radio. It’s pretty much just the misheard lyrics of “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”. It’s a fun name and we probably wouldn’t have come up with it if the song didn’t play.
How did you all meet?
Wade and James are brothers who originally started the band back in early 2019, once the foundation was there we got Tyson involved who was a mutual friend. Tyson introduced Matt to everyone when looking for a vocalist and we have all been best friends since. We’re our own little family who have each other’s backs and it’s straight up the best.
Did the band lose much momentum last year due to the pandemic?
We feel like every band definitely did, Covid has had such a negative impact on the music and arts industry to the point where we couldn’t even be in the same room as one another. It sucked and to say that it slowed down our progress would be an understatement. In the end we pulled through, we made it work with what we had and it’s made us realise the importance and how much we love doing this.
Are you looking forward to being able to tour more broadly around the country this year?
There is nothing we would love more then to do this. We’ve done smaller tours in the past around NSW and we had an amazing time with some absolutely amazing bands. The thought of travelling to other states and playing music with some of our closest friends and meeting new people is an exciting endeavour, it’s something that we are on board to jump on right away and hopefully we will do so very soon.
What’s next for Father Deer Hands?
We have a headline show at the Burdekin Hotel, Sydney on May 22nd with our friends in Vilify and Weightless, it will be a big one for us and we’re looking forward to playing it and seeing some familiar as well as new faces. Further to this we’re working hard to get even more music out there with a bigger release. Now that Covid is settling down in Australia we’re going to be more productive and hoping to have new music out more frequently. We’re really excited to share some news in the future, although we’ve been a band for two years we feel like it’s only the beginning for us. There’s so much more we’ve yet to achieve and we can’t wait until we do it.
Interview By Rob Lyon