The Hot Lies


With a recently released single and a new record on the way, The Hot Lies are gearing up for a busy 12 months.

Jared (drums) spent some of his rare downtime answering these questions for us…

Interview w/ Jared of “The Hot
Lies”

By Cameron Chambers



Thanks for your time today
Jared.
 

Hey mate, how are you? 

I’m great thanks man. Are
you guys home at the moment?
 

Yep. I’m home in Adelaide at
the moment and we’re gearing up to start touring again this week. 

What’s been keeping you busy
lately?
 

Well, we’ve had a couple of
weeks off which has been really sweet. We haven’t really had any time
off over the last 6 months so I’ve just been sitting on my arse on
the couch and watching some telly, ha ha. 

I was just saying to my girlfriend
it feels weird and I should be doing something. Things have just felt
weird lately but we’re about to get back into it again so it’s all
starting to feel normal again. 

“Emergency Emergency” was
released to radio around a month ago
– are you guys happy with the response so far?
 

It’s done a lot of cool stuff
for us already. We’re really happy with how it turned out and that
sort of thing. It’s been picked up by a few radio stations that we
didn’t expect so yeah, we’re really happy!  

The promo clip for the single
looks like it was shot with a pretty big budget man…
tell us a bit about the concept for the video and what it was like to
film?
 

 

We were really lucky that we made
friends with director so we were able to work with him. We’d always
wanted to shoot a clip on film. We’d worked with film before and the
colours we got were just great. I never realised there was such a massive
difference between film and HD so yeah, we wanted to use film again. 

He said if we do it in Sydney
then we can keep the cost down because he knew a bunch of people who
could work for free on it. He was really cool because a lot of dudes
working with film have to do commercials and jobs like that all the
time but he has a team of people who were siked on doing music videos! 

They were able to find a road
in the middle of nowhere that no one was using and they found a car
that someone didn’t want. He really pulled it all together. We’re
so stoked with how it turned out. It looks really Aussie you know? The
colours look really Aussie and the old Kingswood looks really Aussie,
ha ha 

Ha ha ha 

So yeah, we’re just stoked with
it overall! 

“Ringing In The Sane” is
set for release on the 15
th of this month
– what can fans expect from this record?
 

It was an opportunity for us to
find our sound a bit more. We were able to experiment with different
song structures which was cool. 

It’s the same old story with
EP’s you know? You get out there and you have to blast because you’ve
only got 5 songs to work with so you have to make an impact. But with
the full length we got to do slower songs, get the acoustic out and
play around with some piano too. It was an experimental process for
the whole thing. 

A few people in other interviews
have said it sounds different so I’ve been getting them to explain
what’s different about it… and they all say it’s more pop.
We didn’t set out to write any specific kinds of songs. We wrote 22
tracks and chose the 12 that we liked the most. Some of those songs
sounded like some of our older material so when it came to putting the
album together we just chose the ones that stood out. 

How do you think the record
differs from your previous releases?
 

Getting our new guitarist brought
a different flavour to the band. Anytime you get someone new – especially
a lead guitarist – it changes your sound a bit. We were able to spend
more time on the songs and doing different kinds of songs. Yeah, I think
that’s the biggest difference, just getting to spend a lot of time
working on the songs as opposed to doing 5 songs and then bang, hitting
the studio. 

Some days you think about the
songs too much but with 12 songs you’ve got a lot on your plate so
it’s a lot more work. Some people had said to me “you’re not a
real band until you’ve done an album” and I was like, I’ve done
2 EP’s, I know what I’m doing. But when it came to doing it I was
like “Whoa, you’re right!”

You touched on this briefly
before but you guys had a personnel change prior to the recording of
the album – did Luke (new guitarist) have a big impact on the content
of the record or was most of the material already finished?
 

I’d say it was 50/50. We already
had some of the songs finished but some of the other songs were re-written
quite a few times. Some of the songs didn’t come together until we
were doing pre production with Phil – they were just bits before that
– so Luke definitely had input on those.  

It’s awesome that he came in
when he did. It would’ve sucked if we’d recoded the whole album
and then he joined the band because then he would’ve been playing
someone else’s record. Like I said, some songs were done but we said
to do whatever you want, it’s your band too, so that way it made it
feel more a part of him as well.  

It would suck if you’re a writer
and then you didn’t get any input… you’d feel like you were in
a cover band! 

Losing a guitarist is never a
good thing but he made it cool. 

“Ringing In The Sane” was
recorded by Phil McKellar, who’s worked with
Silverchair, Grinspoon and Kisschasy. Can you walk us through the recording
process?
 

He’s a very chilled out dude…
he didn’t wig out once in 2 months! He was just so relaxed and he
even said to us “freaking out is never going to get me anywhere, so
just relax and we’ll get there”.  

He’s very honest and if he thought
something sucked then he’d say it. He’d tell us to go home and work
on something if it wasn’t up to scratch. He was a good dude and it
was a pleasure to work with someone like him. 

I’ve heard stories about other
bands working with US producers and they can’t stand the dude but
Phil was so nice and having someone that relaxed made it very soothing.  


“Heart Attacks And Callous Acts” (The Hot Lies last EP) was
recorded in a live environment – was the same approach taken on the
new record or was it tracked in a more traditional fashion?
 

Yeah, the drums were tracked with
bass, guitars and vocals which was cool. It was all set up. We didn’t
keep a lot of the guitars that were tracked with the drums but it was
a full band while we were playing and tracking. 

It just feels better. Some of
my old bands that I’d been in you’d track your drums with just the
bass player and it freaked me out… it was weird and I’m not used
to it. This time round we had a nice big studio where we did the drums
and it helped me put more of a vibe into it.  

Kalju (Tonuma – producer) introduced
us to live recording and that’s something we’ve held onto. Phil
wasn’t into it to begin with but yeah, it worked! We liked doing it.  

You guys had some assistance
with the song writing on a couple of tracks
– how did the collaboration with Eskimo Joe come around?
 

We’ve always worked with other
people on our song writing. When we did the last EP Kalju helped us
out and we had some friends listen to the songs and have some input
as well.  

Apart from Luke, none of us are
natural musicians. We’re not these crazy gifted people that can play
every instrument. Some bands have those dudes but we don’t. Luke’s
definitely gifted but the rest of us have to work on what we do. We’ve
always called someone in to help us if that’s what the song has needed. 

We wanted to do the same thing
on this record. When we were talking about bands, Eskimo Joe came up,
so did Cam from Bodyjar. They said they weren’t keen on doing pre
production with us because they didn’t have the time – I’m pretty
sure they were signing a US deal – but they invited us over to Fremantle
to have a jam in their studio and to see what happens. 

We weren’t really fans of their
music but we respect them as a band. Every time they do a record they’ve
done a little bit more for them and built themselves up. We respected
that about them. Pete went over a couple of days early and just hung
out and played acoustic guitar with them and relaxed on the beach. From
there it all just fell into place. 

We flew over and had just jammed,
had some barbies, some beers and we ended up getting 2 songs out of
it and it’s awesome that it worked out like that. Down the track those
guys are interested in being producers so working with them it felt
like we were with producers. They were able to bring all these ideas
out of us so it was definitely a profitable experience.  

They convinced us to buy a Pro
Tools rig… they couldn’t believe we didn’t already have one! They
were just like it’s so cheap and such an amazing demoing tool. We
learnt how to use it while we were over there so little lessons like
that were great! 

You were lucky enough to support
Sum41 and Yellowcard on their recent Australian tour
– how were those shows for you guys?
 

They were cool man. It was really
weird though. It was a totally different crowd than what I’ve ever
experienced before. Did you go to the show? 

Nah man, ha ha 

Ha ha, it was such a weird mix
of people. There were biker dudes, teenage girls, surfer dudes, families
with kids. It was probably the world’s most commercial crowd so there
was just this crazy cross section of people. 

It was cool to play to a new audience
especially because most of these people hadn’t heard of us before.
After the show there were people asking who we were which was cool but
yeah, it was a totally different world. We’re used to the punk crowd! 

Did you use the opportunity
to road test any of your new songs and if so, what was the reaction
like?
 

We’ve been playing about half
a set’s worth of new songs. Coz we’ve been playing the EP’s for
so long it’s exciting to play new songs! By having 10 new songs from
the record we’ve instantly doubled the amount of songs we can draw
from at each show! 

Apart from your own headlining
shows throughout September, you’re supporting Good Charlotte on their
Australian tour – how do you think you guys will go playing 10,000
capacity arenas with one of the world’s biggest
pop bands?

I dunno man, it’s gonna be bizarre.
Somehow they’ve done it again. They (Good Charlotte) slipped a bit
but now this album has gone absolutely crazy. It’s going to be another
Yellowcard styled experience I think. Don’t get me wrong, club shows
are great and you’ve got that energy that translates between the crowd
and the band but the arena shows are fun too! 

You usually find yourself standing
there saying “imagine if we were this big”, ha ha. Kisschasy are
doing the tour as well which is great. We’ve never toured with them
before – we’ve toured with everyone else but never them – so it’s
been a long time coming and will be a lot of fun! 

What do you guys have in the
works once the Good Charlotte tour is wrapped up?
 

We have a regional tour planned
which is going to take us up to North Queensland. I think they call
it “off Broadway” because there’s no capital cities. We hit all
the small towns in between and that’s taking place some time in November.  

That’ll be great because it’s
starting to warm up around that time so I can bring the surfboard with
us! It’s only 2 hours between shows as opposed to 8 – 10 hour drives,
so it’s a summer holiday styled tour! Then hopefully we can hit Japan
which would be awesome. Our EP’s were released as an album over there
so yeah, hopefully we make it over.  

We’re trying to get the new
record released over there as well. We’re so keen to get there and
Japan is such an exciting and mystical place and I think not being able
to speak the language would make for a great experience.  

Having sold in excess of 10,000
records in Australia, do you think it’s possible The Hot Lies will
be having a crack at the US market in 2008?
 

We’re keen to do it but we want
to make sure we’re ready. It costs a lot of money to get over there
and you only really get one crack at it. If you go there and screw it
up and you’re not ready for it then it’s really difficult to do
it again. 

We want to make the album work
here first and then try things properly over there. You have to make
an impression when you go over there… someone like Prom Queen went
there and made a great impression and that meant they could go back.  

The market over there is saturated
with our sound as well so it’d be a cool experience but really hard.
We’re so jealous of these other bands over there. Our friends in Trial
Kennedy and The Getaway Plan are both recording over there and I keep
messaging them on MySpace saying how much they suck, ha ha. They’re
just like, get on a plane but there are too many things to tick off
down here before we do that.  

What have been your favourite
records for 2007 (so far)?
 

I’ve been listening to that
new Minus The Bear record a fair bit. Um, what else have I been listening
to? I’m trying to think. Well, it didn’t come out this year –
and I’ve been listening to lots of mellow stuff – but the last Mogwai
record is great. Just into that sort of mellow, cut back sort of sound.  

I’ve been working a lot so I
can’t play music at work that is too full on. What have you been listening
to? 

Um, Horsell Common, Elora Danan
and Mindsnare. Pretty much all Australian which is always a good sign!
 

Yeah man for sure! 

That’s about it mate, any
final words?
 

Nah, thanks for your time though
mate.  

 

 


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Lies head over to:

http://www.myspace.com/thehotlies

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