Adelaide’s Horror My Friend have spent a few years setting themselves apart as a phenomenal group of musicians with stunning tunes and live shows. Now, they’re back with a new single.
For a number of years now, Adelaide’s Horror My Friend have been delivering some of the best music you’ll find anywhere. Citing classic influences like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr., and newer names like Title Fight and Die! Die! Die!, the trio are an eclectic mix of alt-rock, post-punk, and everything in between.
Having been a fixture stages and stereos for quite a while, the group are a bunch of busy lads, with members Tom Gordon and Josh Battersby often found tearing up the stages as part of their other outfit, West Thebarton.
However, they’ve not been too busy to keep pumping out the tunes, with ‘Turned Loose’ being released as part of a split single with Velvet Elevator earlier this year, and their latest track, ‘Dopamine Waster’, being unleashed last week.
Paired with a quirky video directed by Ryan Sahb, the tune serves as an idea of what fans can expect when Horror My Friend hit the road next month with RAT!hammock, delivering blistering shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Sydney.
To celebrate the new single and upcoming tour, we had a chat with bassist Tom Gordon to get to know Horror My Friend, and learn a little bit more about what makes them tick.
Check out ‘Dopamine Waster’ by Horror My Friend:
Get To Know: Horror My Friend
How did your artist name come about?
We were about 18 at the time and, really, we just thought it sounded cool. So many people have asked whether it’s from Apocalypse Now, wish it was.
How would you describe your music to your grandma?
I just say “Kinda like Nirvana”. She hates Nirvana.
Tell us about a few of your tracks; their titles and what they’re about?
‘Dopamine Waster’ is our newest single, it’s about anxiety, how quickly you can close yourself off, but how quickly the right person can open you back up.
I can’t speak for Josh on ‘Turned Loose’, but I like it and I like playing bass on it! One of my favourite past songs is called ‘PB Remains’; it’s about getting peanut butter stuck in your hair when you’re wrestling with your friend and then having to cut your hair, because it won’t come out.
What do you love about your hometown?
My friends, my family, my partner and The Ex on Rundle Street.
Career highlight so far?
Touring New Zealand with our mates and one of our favourite bands, Die! Die! Die! We love them.
Check out Horror My Friend’s ‘Turned Loose’:
Fave non-music hobby?
We’re big nerds, so collectively playing Magic: The Gathering.
What’s on your dream rider?
My Dad’s Green Thai Curry. Jim Gordon makes the best.
Dream music collaboration?
It would be incredible to work with Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth on some guitar tones. OR Steve from Step-Panther.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
With a dog, a cat and three Fender Jaguars.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’, by Shania Twain. Every time.
Check out Horror My Friend’s ‘PB Remains’:
Horror My Friend & RAT!hammock Australian Tour
Friday, November 1st
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets: Northcote Social Club
Saturday, November 2nd
Crown And Anchor Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday, November 14th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday, November 15th
Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW