Southern Wild – Lead Role In A Classic Horror

Of course we loved it before even giving it a listen – based solely on the name. But we have since played it quite a bit in the office and are totally digging the debut album from this four-piece rock band from Cape Town. We had a chat to Alex Smillie (bass) and our old friend Dylan Hunt (drums), to find out more.

Your debut album! How does it feel to have your first official creation out in the world?

Dylan: We have been working on this for quite some time, so it is really cool to eventually have people hear what we have been working on for so long.

Alex: So exciting! We’ve been playing the tracks for ages, and although it’s scary having them set in stone, we are so proud of what we’ve done.

We just love the title of the album! Now, what is your all-time favourite lead character in a horror?

Dylan: I would definitely say Pennywise the clown from IT. Yoh, nightmares for days when I was a kid.

Alex: Norman Bates from Psycho. Yoh.

So exciting! We’ve been playing the tracks for ages, and although it’s scary having them set in stone, we are so proud of what we’ve done

Where did you record ‘Lead Role in a Classic Horror’ and who produced the album?

Alex: After recording our Popsicle session at Popsicle studios, we fell in love with the space and the people (Ryk and Raiven <3). We went in with the intention to record an EP and they convinced us to do a full album. We produced it together with our Engineer, Raiven Hunter.

Dylan: We recorded with the fantastic gentlemen at Popsicle Studios in Woodstock. We did a Popsicle TV session and just clicked with Ryk and Raiven, the two main ‘cats’ there. When we wanted to record an EP, they were like, “No, if you record here you do a full album”. So we were like, “Um, okay”. The rest is history I guess. It is such a great creative space too. It was produced by us and Raiven Hunter, and we are really happier than we ever hoped! So much love and respect for the guys at Popsicle.

What was it like working with Raiven?

Alex: Raiven knows our sound better than anyone and has an incredible ear. We were the perfect match. I see us definitely working together again in the future.

Dylan: Such a great guy ol’ Raiv-Dawg 🙂 We got on like a house on fire. I think he may have been a little scared at first as the band members are rather “special”. But he tapped into our vibe so quickly, he was able to push us in the right direction to achieve what we have. It was Raiven’s first full length rock album as most of his experience lies in the Pop/EDM space with him having recorded and played with the likes of Good Luck, Lakota Silva and The Kiffness. I personally feel we awakened a love for some good ol’ dirt rock when he recorded and mixed the album. We love him.

It is such a great creative space too. We are really happier than we ever hoped! So much love and respect for the guys at Popsicle

Describe a typical day in studio

Alex: Three hours deciding what guitar tone to go with. One hour recording. Have second thoughts about guitar tone. Repeat.

Dylan: Rock up. Drink a coffee. Hit a bong. Play our asses off. Vibe the fuck outta the band member who is tracking. Repeat 🙂

Which track are you most proud of on the album?

Dylan: It is really hard to single out just one, but the track I have been playing the most, and the loudest is definitely Dirt Horse…Next would be I’m So Happy I could Die for sure.

Alex: For me, Dirt Horse. I am yet to find a sound system loud enough to play it on!

For me, Dirt Horse. I am yet to find a sound system loud enough to play it on!

You’re a villain in a classic horror. What is your murder weapon of choice?

Dylan: My bare hands…

Alex: A good ol’ knife. While making horror music sounds, obviously.

Even though this is your first offering as far as albums go, you guys have a lot of live shows under your belt. Which one has been most memorable?

Alex: One of my favourites was Up The Creek earlier this year. We took the stage just after Dan Patlansky and had an incredible show. Apparently a woman in the audience went into labour during our set!

Dylan: I would have to mention two. Firstly, opening for Metallica with Pestroy in 2013 in front of 65 000 people. Then second, would be backing David at the Idols Final in 2012. We played a completely different song to what the producers wanted, and got kicked out of the studio afterwards. Good fucken times…

Idols Final in 2012…We played a completely different song to what the producers wanted, and got kicked out of the studio afterwards

So as there are only four of you, to play this game you will need to add two people who worked on the album (Producer, Engineer etc) to make up these six. In your own horror movie, who would be…

Dylan:
1.) The Villain – David
2.) The Diehard Survivalist – Raiven
3.) The Ditzy Blonde – Julian
4.) The Jock – Ryk
5.) The Wise Elder – Dylan
6.) The Character who dies at the very beginning – Alex

Alex:
1.) The Villain – Julian
2.) The Diehard Survivalist – Raiven
3.) The Ditzy Blonde – Dave
4.) The Jock – Ryk
5.) The Wise Elder – Dylan
6.) The Character who dies at the very beginning – Alex

Hahaha…we love how you both concur on those last two (which is the two of you)

When are you guys coming to Joburg bloody hell!

AUGUST!!!!!!

Where is the album available?

On all Digital platforms Deezer, iTunes Spotify and Google Music. You can also buy it on our website through our online store www.southernwild.co.za and we also have physical copies at our shows.

If fans want to see what you are up to where can they find out information?

Facebook is probably the best place for the latest news, as well as Twitter and Instagram or our website.

 

Interview by The Original CC
Photographs – Beneath The Sky Photography