60 Seconds With… Rousemoff

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60 Seconds With… Rousemoff


Describe your genre in five words or less.
Minimalist psychedelic doom.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
“And so the beast awoke from its slumber; with a sigh, the mountains shook with great ferocity, raising the brow of the very Gods that breathed first life unto it; and so my eyeballs, they did oscillate.” Someone captioned a photo of us with that recently. So, either that or the usual involuntary expelling of air that seems to happen.

What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
We draw a lot from the physical environment; places and spaces that we feel strongly about, from cities in Japan to mountain ranges in New Zealand. A lot of the time we try to do something that is new and totally different for us, subverting what we know as typical form and structure. We also just like being extremely loud in general.

What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig, or made a recording?
We recorded our upcoming album in the now demolished Amcor packaging facility in Alphington. It was this huge warehouse/R&D lab that had been absolutely gutted before demolition, yet the power was on in the building for the week before it went down. The room we chose to record in gave off this cavernous, swirling reverb; you could hear the transients throughout the whole building. Our drummer even got electrocuted there! That album should hopefully be released online in the next couple of months.

Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them?
The handmade EP we are releasing on Tuesday was actually released digitally on our Bandcamp a while ago (you can order the limited edition handmade version from there too). But as is our grand philosophy, as long as it’s 100 percent our stuff, all digital downloads are 100 percent free.

When’s the gig and with who?
Tuesday May 1 at The Toff in Town, with Deep Heat and White Walls. Both are really great bands; it’s going to be the best Tuesday night out one’s had in a while!

Anything else to add?
“‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”