Half/cut are hypnotic. Striking a balance between shimmering beauty and biting depressive melodies, this Melbourne five-piece dream pop outfit only played two shows before they recorded their debut full length, Ecco Locale, earlier this year.

Now more seasoned, they will be supporting Tortoise at the Croxton on December 8 with fellow locals Fourteen Nights At Sea. We chatted to vocalist Jessie Warren as part of our Two Minutes With series.

Describe your music in five words or less?

Pop jams disguised in hiss.

What’s going on in the world of Half/Cut?

We’re sitting on an EP we recorded a few months ago before our drummer Cam Price went to Germany. Since then, we’ve basically spent the last few months grieving after him. But now we’ve replaced him and everything feels good again. Cam who?

What motivates you to make music?

The fact that we’re all best mates really helps. That and a sense of urgency to make art now that the world is doomed.

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?

Getting to support a little ol’ band called Tortoise is definitely the greatest thing that has happened to any of us. I literally cannot think of any lows, sometimes I get angry when the boys eat kebabs in the studio…

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Such a range. Currently obsessed with Lisa Gerrard, Leah Dou’s Stone Cafe LP, Piano Magic, John Luther Adams, David Rothenberg—anything that combines woodwind with bug noises and whale howls is totally up my alley. Carsick Cars (Beijing), PK14 (Beijing), Elephant Gym (Taiwan), Penguin Bear (Taiwan), Hedgehog (Beijing) and… the new Big Smoke LP. 

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?

I’m vegetarian. 

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?

Those plastic drink rings that beers come in that choke turtles. 

You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.

Lisa Gerrard, Seagull, Turnpike, McKisko, Grand Salvo and LJ Hill with opening words by Richard Frankland. In the Mission to Seafarers Gallery Dome. 


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