Harlequin League are weaving their way into the ears of alternative music lovers around the country. With a long list of accolades to date, FL caught up with guitarist Seb Aston to chat about their forthcoming EP and co-headlining Australian tour.
Thanks to a nice grant from the Perth Government, the explosive four-piece cemented their presence in the thriving Perth music scene with debut EP We Used to Be Gods, Now We’re So Plain in late 2008. High rotation on Triple J and nationwide community radio followed, as well as an Unearthed J Award Nomination.
Not wasting any time, the boys jumped back in the studio. ”[We are] a pretty busy band,” Seb confirms. “When we are not playing live, we stay in the studio and keep things rolling along. It’s what we do. We are a pretty creative band.”
HL’s brand new EP I Don’t Do Friends will be released on March 28. In support of this release, the boys are about to embark on a co-headlining tour with Sugar Army, playing dates in capital cities. “It’s exciting to get out and do our own shows. It will be interesting to see how they go as it is the first time we have had to rely on our own profile to get people to gigs.”
The band’s eclectic post-punk sound and captivating live performances has seen them play with well known Australian artists Expatriate, End of Fashion and Bluejuice. Aston feels supporting slots are an important part of development with any band. “It meant we took things more seriously...it really forces you to stand up and push to another level.” The Stranglers, Dandy Warhols and Queens of the Stone Age are just a few of Harlequin League’s influences that they aspire to share the stage with.
Perth has nurtured their musical beginnings with its strong music scene and array of talented musicians. “We have had the opportunity to play quite a bit,” outlines Seb. Reiterating their love for the creative process, Seb reveals, “We are going to do an album in a couple of months.” Harlequin League has only scratched the surface of what is to come.
Harlequin League has a round of shows alongside Sugar Army kicking off this week, as well as a couple of festival spots.
Wednesday 18 March – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Thursday 19 March – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne
Friday 20 March – Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Saturday 21 March – Fowler’s Live, Adelaide
Friday 27 March – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury
Saturday 28 March – Capitol, Perth
Sunday 29 March – Joondalup Festival 2009, Perth