Father Deer Hands
For Fans Of: Like Pacific / Trash Boat / Belmont
Just when you think Australia has given us enough musically, they churn out another brilliant band. Hailing from the suburbs of Sydney, Father Deer Hands turn pop punk on its head by tempering the upbeat effervescense of the genre with emotional weight. With both musical and songwriting talent on their side, the band chat to us about early memories. Plus, they counter our argument with another important question.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Let’s pretend you’re setting up a dating profile here – tell us about the band.
When it comes to a dating profile it would probably go something like this. “Four dad bods looking to write sad music to express how they have been feeling since their teens. We love what we do and hope you love it as much as us <3” simple and sweet. It’s also pretty much how we would express ourselves in general.
Do you remember your first music-related goosebumps moment? Can you share it with us?
For all of us it would probably be going to a local show for the first time or seeing our favourite bands live. The general vibe and energy was amazing and an “I want to do that” moment for all of us.
If you could pick one artist as an honorary band member, who would it be?
Oh definitely Amy McIntosh from Vilify and the Beautiful Monument. She’s like our mum and the 5th member of Father Deer Hands. Has been there from the start for us and is one of our closest friends.
What’s the coolest thing a fan’s ever done for you?
Just coming to our shows yelling lyrics of songs we haven’t released yet, being a part of our videos and wearing our merch is enough for us to be blown away. People coming up to us after we finish playing just being the most supportive and positive individuals out there is super cool, we love that sort of stuff.
“…this fresh new band have a distinct pop punk breadth furthered by plenty of guitar tapping and ample angst in the vocals.”
The New Fury
You recently released ‘Factory Reset’. Who did you work with and what was it like in the studio?
The process of recording and shooting the video was a blast! We have a really great relationship with Clayton and Angie from the Brain Recording studio and Amy from Ayemehmac Photography. They’re all family to us and we feel that makes it all so much easier to achieve what we are going for.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world)… is a hotdog a sandwich?
Uh Yes, the important questions. Some questions are best left unanswered. But a sandwich is “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling between” by that definition hot dogs seem to qualify as a sandwich. But don’t be weird call it a hot dog.
The real question is who would win in a fight? A Grilled Cheese or a Taco?
Rising to the challenge, Father Deer Hands have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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