Introducing Hot Sludge Fundae and their vibrant debut album, Put It On
This is high-energy, super fun party music of the highest order.
Melbourne-based six-piece Hot Sludge Fundae, based on their debut album Put It On which was released today, are a band definitely here for a good time, and hopefully a long time. A hodge podge of band members from a bunch of different well-loved acts from around the traps, together they bring a certain type of chaotic energy that is irresistibley fun. To celebrate its release we sent them a few questions to find out more about how this supposedly non-serious band ended up becoming a very serious one... serious about the party that is.
Tell us about about yourselves?
HSF is a six-piece from Melbourne, a high-energy party band that was never supposed to leave the bedroom. With most of us playing in more serious bands HSF was initially just an occasional jam, an outlet with no strings attached, somewhere to throw down our most ridiculous ideas. Everyone was having so much fun, we couldn‘t stop. All of a sudden HSF is a serious band. Serious fun. With a serious album for serious party.
The band is Anna Gordon on Sax (Mangelwurzel, Ogopogo), Ben McAtamney on drums (Masco Sound System, Freedom), Dougal Shaw on the mic (Breve, Cracodile), Jack Mccullagh on guitar (Cracodile, Fishmonger), Jordan Stock on keys and Mafi Watson on bass (Elbrus, The New Pollution).
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
It’s got a bit of an 80’s nostalgia to it, our parents record collections come back to bite us. But everyone’s bringing their own flavours. From post-punk to disco/funk to straight up fist-pumping, group-chanting Aussie rock'n'roll. Always with that Hot Sludge flavour, which is a little bit chaotic or neurotic or something.
I’d say half the tracks have developed from jams and the other half have come from something that one or a couple of us have written then taken to the band to flesh out. It’s definitely a democratic process, everyone’s got equal say in making the big calls. Our frontman Dougs handles the production end from his DIY studio/record label/hit factory, Marthouse Records.
Can you tell us about your new album, Put It On?
We actually recorded this album twice. The first one kinda got lost in translation so we started again from scratch. Now it sounds like us. It’s basically everything we first wrote together. Our coming of age. We tracked as much as we could live to tape at the old Marthouse warehouse. Just overdubbed Anna’s sax, ‘cause it was a touch too loud to have in the same room as it bleeds into all the mics, and vocals, ‘cause Dougs was busy manning the controls. Dougs mixed it and passed it over to Mikey Young for mastering duties. It’s getting a sexy vinyl pressing through Marthouse Records which you can snap up online or, if all goes to plan, will be available at the album launch.
Any shows coming up?
We’re launching this baby on Friday May 11 at Yah Yah’s in Melbourne with Sunnyside, Hollie Joyce and Tug (more info HERE).
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
We’re gonna do a tour soon, come see you fine people outside of our little inner north Melbourne cocoon. We’ve got some live clips on the way. We’ve got album number two 90% written and we’re gonna take that into the studio. Just keeping that momentum flowing.
Where can we hear more of your music?
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