Hiboux play wander musical odysseys. Building soundscapes through an exploration of thunderous crescendos and delicate quieter moments, this New Zealand five-piece took things a step further on their surging debut, Night Flights.
Released earlier this year, Hiboux will be delving into their newer material when they support Tortoise on December 3 at the San Fran with fellow locals, fFolks. We chatted to guitarist Lester Litchfield as part of our Two Minutes With series.
Describe your music in five words or less?
The feeling of Enya exploding.
What’s going on in the world of Hiboux?
Finishing the tracking of our debut album, which will be out early 2017, playing a few shows here and there, and writing new material.
What motivates you to make music?
We’re all world-worn now, and know now what we like about music (and what we don’t). Music should make you feel. So we try to play music that makes us feel things, and to share that. That is all there is to it.
What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?
High point: The really positive responses from people in the audience who have often come up to us after shows and spoken about how the music affected them.
Low point: That gig where the first band left the amp set to 10. It’s took us half a show to realize why everyone was bleeding from the eyes.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Tortoise! And Mono/Toe, Explosions In The Sky and a bunch of other post-rock. Locally? Reaving, ELIM's new album, Jakob, Into Orbit. Also some of us have a stoner-doom thing going on like Conan, Monolord, OM and other random artists like Sebatian Tellier.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?
I’m going to say Declan, our drummer. Although he is a grumpy engineer on the outside, he’s actually a big softy, which would make him easy to lure into a trap.
Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?
More venues should have a place for people to sit. One thing I love about San Fran is that you can chill out near the back at a table with your friends, or stand in front of the speakers if you want to be immersed. Listening to music should be as enjoyable as possible. Unless it’s avant-sludge obviously.
You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring New Zealand artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
The Soundshell at Wellingtons Botanic Gardens on a summer evening. Twenty-four lasers and an inflatable horse that’s forty feet tall, onto which is projected scenes from Kurosawa’s film Dreams.
Loam, then Hiboux, then Jakob. Following this is a large bonfire on which we roast members of the NZ National Party, sing communist anthems and drink Garage Project beer.