60 Seconds With… Spell House

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60 Seconds With… Spell House


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?

Spell House (formerly known as Frames) are four guys creating bizarre sounds in a shed out the back of the drummer’s house. Sometimes we begrudgingly recreate these noises in a live setting for people to listen.


What do you think people will say you sound like?

People tend to come away with different interpretation of our music dependent on their own musical preferences, so it seems to be quite personal in that regard. We all idolise various bands (Modest Mouse, Sunny Day Real Estate, At the Drive-In, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, etc.) so we guess it’s only natural that we’re somewhat comparable to them.


What do you love about making music?

We like to hang out in the shed but we became too old to waste time in such an obvious manner, so we started making music as a disguise. We also enjoy creating something between the four of us and watching ideas grow and expand in ways we never expected because of another’s input; there’s something super satisfying in that.


What do you hate about the music industry?

We’re reasonably DIY at this stage so nothing has gone wrong that can’t be blamed on anyone else but ourselves. We’ll have to wait until a multi-billion dollar record label locks us into a 30 album contract and stifles our creative energies before we have something real to bitch about (… offers welcome).


What can a punter expect from your live show?

We try to present live shows as more of a flowing, linear “experience” than just single, stand alone songs. Lots of changes in mood, dynamic shifts and pantless musicians for the most part; you should definitely come and check it out for yourselves.


When’s the gig and with who?

We’re headlining a show at Noise Bar in Brunswick on the Saturday April 14 with some really great supports. Empty Armour is opening the night  with some soulful acoustic tunes, followed by Hayden Calnin as main support; he’s recently garnered some well deserved attention from triple j and has been gigging around Melbourne with Matt Corby and the like, so we can’t wait to see him perform.