Keeping punk and grunge alive is quite a daunting task, but Animals Hands is there to do it. Hailing from the Melbourne underground, Danielle Whalebone started the project in 2011 and continues to push the limit of sound. We caught up with her to discuss their debut album, Tonic Clonic, and its highly anticipated September 2017 release.
Tonic Clonic is quite a name for an album, it sounds so graceful, but it’s actually a term for a Grand Mal seizure, right?
Yes! It sounds really beautiful, but it’s actually quite a horrific thing. It sounds like it would be a drink or something nice. I feel It represents the album though, some heavy concepts lyrically and the vocals can be quite beautiful at times.
Were you going for any particular sound before you stepped foot in the studio?
Absolutely, a lot of dirt. I really wanted to push the guitars a lot harder, and still maintain the heavy vocals and intoxicating whirling sound. The album came together really well.
How was recording at a legendary space like Birdland Studios with a producer like Lindsay Gravina?
The best way to describe it is feeling like a tiny little mortal being among these immortal giants, but over the course of the album it became like a second home. Just to be in a space that has housed so much creativity, it’s hard to let go of and a little sad that it’s moving.
Would you say you have a favorite part of the album?
Honestly, it’s the space where Lindsay created it, I’ll never get over it, it was beautiful. Never in a million years would I have thought I would have the opportunity to experience a place where so many albums and so many artists that I admire recorded. It’s like a pressure cooker, you go in there and come out a different person.
Not only have you had airplay in Australia, but also all over the world. How does that feel?
It’s funny, we’ve had airplay and reviews and you get all these messages overseas, and you just carry on in your every day life. You don’t really get the chance to sit back and relax, it seems surreal I suppose. It would be really exiting if we could get a chance to start touring overseas, I’d really love it, and it’d be really nice.
What music peaks your interest these days?
I’ve got really eclectic tastes. I really love The Kills, it’s what I listen to going to and from work . I also listen to a lot of classical music, and then I can say a lot of underground bands and Melbourne music because I’m a part of that culture. There are a lot of up and coming bands that I’m listening to, and bands that we’d love to support in that scene. I’m constantly listening to new music coming out.
As our time comes to a close, what one thing would you like listeners to know about Animal Hands?
Oh wow, that’s a really hard one. I guess that it’s born in a place that stays very true to punk and grunge music, a pure place. It’s art, that’s the important part of the project.
Remember to support your local music scene, and be on the lookout for Tonic Clonic in September.