Enola Fall effortlessly blends vivacious pop hooks with atmospheric effects to create intimate yet powerful rock anthems. It’s a sound that’s further intensified on the Tasmanian outfit’s new album, Heliotropic, to be released on August 7.
Anchored by singer/guitarist Joe Nuttall, Enola Fall partnered with Diffuser to premiere Heliotropic’s lead single, “Stab On”. “This song is a statement about simply not giving a fuck if you’re cool or not,” Nuttall explains about the vibrant track. “There’s a culture in both Melbourne and Hobart of not-tryingtoo-hard. It’s a strange combination of hipster kids and that particular Australian apathy, where there’s the mindset of ‘Don’t spend too much effort or time on art, just grow a mustache’, which is the worst advice to give a musician ever.”
Stream “Stab On” here: www.diffuser.fm/enola-fall-stab-on-song-premiere/
While primarily written in Tasmania and Melbourne, Nuttall recorded Heliotropic with producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels, The Vines) in Sydney. From the anthemic “Surrender” to the melancholic “Dirigibles”, Heliotropic finds Nuttall searching for glimpses of joy amidst darkness.
With two full-lengths and three EPs under its belt, Enola Fall is one of the most determined music acts to come out of Tasmania, relentlessly recording and touring throughout Australia, Europe and the U.S. This drive has led to the group sharing stages with the likes of Amanda Palmer, The Violent Femmes, and The Jezabels, as well as appearances at NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon and Australia’s The Falls Festival.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Nuttall to discuss his home, Hobart, Tasmania. This is what he told us about MONA, Dark Mofa and sashimi.
What’s your town’s nickname?
There are several! Slowbart, Hobbiton, “Next stop, Antarctica.”
What’s your nickname for your town?
Why do you live there?
I divide my time between Hobart and Melbourne these days. Both are art/food hubs and colder than your traditional Australian city. Which suits me great. I’m cold blooded.
Did you grow up there? If not, what brought you there?
I grew up in England. Near Manchester which was… not great if I’m honest. Southern hemisphere sea change.
What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you there?
During a local show we were playing, a naked man stood at the back of the room and described a lazy arc with his dick… For about half an hour. Dedication!
What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
MONA (The museum of old and new art) is an internationally famous gallery resembling a psychotic, bond villain lair. I’d also say Kunanyi, Hobart’s beloved mountain, the breweries and convict sites.
What is your favorite local event or festival?
Dark Mofo, a winter festival of live music, art and bona fide crazy shit. Currently happening actually!
What is the best time of year to be there?
Summer’s nice. But winter is bizarre and oppressive in a kind of fun way. You can do beaches and sunshine anywhere in Australia, come to Hobart for the weirdness.
Who is your favorite local celebrity?
I don’t think we have any. Errol Flynn?
Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
Live music venues The Grand Poobah and Brisbane Hotel are staples. Try the local beer (if you must). It’s brewed literally up the road.
Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
Once again, The Brisbane Hotel. Nothing but Dio, Guns and Roses and Slayer.
Do you play music there? If so, where is your favorite place to play?
We’ve played everywhere! Including several places that don’t strictly exist anymore. Hopefully nothing to do with us.
Does where you live influence your music?
Oh hell yes. I mean look at Iceland, Seattle, etc. These places produce a ‘sound’ for a reason. If Hobart has a sound, it’s cold, deliberately esoteric and noisy.
What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
I love the Grand Poobah and The Winston. Favorite show in Hobart was, oddly enough, The Pixies in 2008. They played in a huge frozen, muddy field on the outskirts of town. But they packed up early cause some Muppet whacked Black Francis in the head with a beer bottle. Huh.
What is your favorite local band?
Indie bands The Native Cats, Violet Swells and local metal legends Psycroptic and Ruins.
What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
A tiny, hidden Japanese tea house out in the suburbs called Kawasemi. Everything is great, and the prices are insanely low. The sashimi (raw fish) is amazeballs.
What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Tommy Gun records. Great vinyl collection and in store bands from time to time.
What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
There used to be heaps! But honestly they all seem to have dried up recently. I guess Facebook kind of killed the necessity for advertising shows. Um… I’m probably forgetting something.
What is your favorite local shop?
Cracked and Spineless books. Amazing, Narnia-esque bookshop specializing in horror, fantasy and general weirdness.
If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?
I fell in love with San Francisco recently. I’d love to give that a go. Strangely enough, the vibe is actually kind of similar in parts of SF (Castro, The Marina) to Hobart. I think SF is somewhat more expensive though. Damn.
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