“I’m inspired by the lyrics of Tom Waits and John Darnielle. Excellent horror movies that do something with the genre (The Babadook, Cabin the Woods, It Follows). The weird fiction of HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell,” says Joe Nuttall, who is the frontman for the indie-pop band Enola Fall.
Originally from Melbourne, Nuttall grew up in England. When he is not out touring and promoting his bands newest album Heliotropic he divides his time between Tasmania and Melbourne.
Recently, Nuttall took some time out of his busy touring schedule to answer a few questions for Global Looking Glass.
What is like being a band from Tasmania?
I think it’s pretty much the same as being from anywhere else. Except the location is a talking point I guess… There’s no scene or previous exports that you can be compared to, unlike for example, being a band from Seattle.
Who are your musical influences?
It actually changes daily! Some of the more constant ones… Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, The Smiths, The Cure, Alt-J, The Chills, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens
How does your album Heliotropic compare to your other albums?
It’s significantly less hysterical. Previous records have been very intense.. high, screaming vocal, relentless drums etc.. this one breathes a bit more.
What is your favorite song on your current album?
‘Dirigibles’… it’s the most sonically diverse. The song completely changes about two thirds of the way through.
What is your writing process like?
Labour intensive and vaguely excruciating. Midnight re-writes fueled by frustration, caffeine and wine.
What is the music scene like in Tasmania?
Actually excellent. The strongest focus is on the noise/punk and metal scenes. But there are indie and pop bands there too. Lots of cross pollination and DIY shows.. bickering and collaboration. It’s a hyper creative environment.
We had a hilarious time with The Beards. Australia’s premier facial hair themed rock band.
What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced?
Oh you know.. the usual. Money, balancing the creative with the business side, being from an island that most people think is actually a fictitious cartoon.
Do you have a favorite city you have in tour in?
Love New York. We always have an absolutely killer time there..
How would you compare your hometown fans to your fans the U.S.?
Australian fans are vocal, in your face and enjoy hecking. I actually love hecklers.. I try to persuade US audiences to do it, but they seem kind of hesitant. Kick things off with a hearty “PLAY SOME SLAYER”
Name one random act of kindness that you have recently done?
I introduced an acquaintance to death metal. Game on.
If you could pick any song from any band or musical to be your own personal theme song what would it be and why?
The title theme to seminal 80s comedy ‘The Naked Gun’. It’d make driving to the shops more fun.
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