HOMEFRONT (from l-r): Navada “Nav” Snow-Walters (guitar), Connor Robins (drums), Peter Harvey (vocals), Damian Field (bass)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTO by EBONY J.K. MEALING
For the past two years, four-piece Homefront have been winning over critics and fans, as well as entertaining crowds all over their native Australia, with an upbeat, highly-energetic mix of pop-punk and alternative rock, and their burgeoning reputation is sure to be boosted even further over the next month with the release of the band’s debut EP, and a tour supporting fellow Aussie pop-punks Shorelines.
I chatted to the Brisbane quartet recently, and the following is what they had to say to me:
How did the band form?
Peter and Nav had met from attempting to form a prior project, and Nav knew Damian from high school and knew he’d be interested. Having difficulties with prior members, we met Connor online, and he fit in perfectly.
How did the name Homefront come about?
Nav got it from the name of a game, and we all thought it sounded cool. We’re into single-word band names.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
Generally with writing, someone will come in with an idea/outline/skeleton, and we will tweak and add to it collaboratively until we are happy, but every song is different and has its own process. We haven’t really worked out a consistent way we like to do it yet, though.
The band’s first two singles, ‘Faultlines’ and ‘Breathing Space’, were both very well-received, and have so far had over 20,000 online streams each. How have you all dealt with the response personally?
We’re super stoked with the response we’ve received from our previous two songs, but we try to keep our heads level, because often, online numbers can be misleading.
Shortly, you will be unveiling your debut EP, ‘Overgrown’. How has the recording process been for that?
Recording was an interesting experience, that’s for sure. We definitely started to go a bit crazy towards the end, as we’re pretty tough on each other when we record, and we always try to make sure we get the perfect take.
And what can be expected of the upcoming release?
Our upcoming release kind of has a bit of everything from the alternative scene, from a nice ballad, up to a post-hardcore influenced track.
The band hail from Australia. How, in your opinion, are the pop-punk and alternative rock scenes over there at the moment?
The scene is relatively tight-knit, and we have made some great friends through this. It got a bit bleak for a while, but it’s definitely on the up again.
You’re becoming known for live performances that are energetic and entertaining, and to a high standard. How is the overall experience, for the band, of performing on stage?
We try to put on an engaging and energetic performance based on the type of performances we like to see when we watch bands ourselves, and we try to have as good a time we can whilst on stage.
We make mistakes here and there, but we try to not let that get under our skin, and just enjoy our time! We always finish our performances on such a high.
And the band will be promoting the EP with a tour of their native country, supporting fellow Aussie pop-punks Shoreline. I can imagine that’s something you are all looking forward to.
Yeah, we’ve all been friends for quite some time now. Peter, in particular, has known Harry (vocalist of Shorelines) for quite a few years now, so we’re all really tight with each other.
What are your plans following the release of ‘Outgrown’?
More music, more videos, maybe some more touring later in the year. We already have some stuff in the works, but sometimes, you just have to play these things by ear.
And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?
We’ve just finished building a full digital rack for our live shows, so we’re looking into (hopefully) getting around Australia a little more frequently.
Other than that, we just want to keep making music, and we’ll keep doing that for as long as there are people enjoying it, whether that is our fans, friends, or even just ourselves.
‘OUTGROWN’, THE DEBUT EP FROM HOMEFRONT, WILL BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 25.
THE BAND WILL BE SUPPORTING SHORELINES ON THEIR AUSTRALIAN TOUR NEXT MONTH, FURTHER DETAILS OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: