Currently on an extensive tour of the US in support of their new LP Heliotropic, Australian indie-rock band Enola Fall have already earned themselves support and coverage from the likes of The Huffington Post, USA Today and Diffuser. Out on the road, they've shared stages with The Violent Femmes and Courtney Barnett, but now, here in 2016, it's time for Enola Fall to seize the spotlight -- and they sure know how to do that.
Their exciting live shows have delighted fans on both sides of the Atlantic, ramping up their fan-base numbers and cementing them as one band you HAVE to get into, if you're not a die-hard supporter already.
While on their tour, the band kindly agreed to this interview to talk song-writing inspiration, favorite songs and advice for upcoming artists.
PW: Please introduce yourselves.
Enola Fall: Hi, this is Joe Nuttall who does vocals, guitars and synths and Mark Woodward who plays bass and flute and provides vocals.
PW: How would you describe yourselves and your music in a few words?
JN: We’re Tasmanian/Australians who make kind of post-punk, pseudo-electro but not really, indie-pop, bit of noise alternative.
PW: When did you realize you wanted to make music a career? Was there an album you bought or concert you attended that inspired you?
JN: I found a radio in the attic when I was 11 and heard a pile of 80s rock for the first time! I picked up a guitar a week later and started learning.
PW: Which bands or artists influenced you growing up, and have those influences changed over the years?
JN: When I was a kid, I loved Aerosmith, Roxette and The Cult! Obviously, those changed a lot, and I then discovered Radiohead, Sigur Ros, The Smiths, Pixies, Joy Division and hundreds of others. I’m a huge death metal fan at the moment, although that doesn’t influence my writing much.
PW: Is there a band or artist you might say you're similar to?
JN: I think there are similarities to heaps. I would love to say recent Bowie, but that’s a big reach on my part! So I’d say Wild Nothing, maybe The National and New Order.
PW: Tell me about your new single "Stab On". Is there a story behind it?
MW: It’s a statement about simply not giving a fuck if you’re cool or not. There’s a culture in both Melbourne and Hobart of not-trying-too-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 moustache,’ which is the worst advice to give a musician ever.
PW: Who or what most inspires your song-writing?
JN: I tend to get inspired in slightly odd situations. It’s rare that you’ll sit down in a studio or rehearsal space and feel inspired to do something. It’s more likely that will come to you on a plane, or while riding a roller-coaster or something. I tend to get very inspired by cinema ... in particular, the vaguely surrealist output of Ben Wheatley and David Lynch.
PW: In your opinion, which is the greatest song ever written and why?
JN: Can we pick three? I’d say firstly either “How Soon Is Now”, or “Ask” by The Smiths. Lyrically, there’s really no one who can hold a candle to Morrissey. Then, there’s “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits -- probably the most beautiful perfectly romantic song ever written. And finally, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division. It’s ageless and eternal.
PW: You're currently on a lengthy US tour, but are there any plans in the pipe-line for you to hit up Europe?
MW: Yes, in 2017 ... but it’s still a wee bit hush hush at the moment ... sorry.
PW: You've so far toured with The Jezabels, Courtney Barnett and Violent Femmes, but, if you could share a stage with four other bands or artists (who can be living or dead), who would they be, and where would you play?
JN: I would love to play alongside a rogues gallery of the best of the 80s post punk bands, Joy Division, New Order, Pixies and The Cure. Preferably in a tiny pub somewhere in England. That would be pretty cool.
PW: What are your thoughts on social media, and would you agree it's a vital tool for bands and artists today? Do you think you'd have the support you do without it?
JN: The thing I love about social media is it brings people together very quickly; the thing I hate about it is it brings people together very quickly. It’s such a potent way of reaching people ... but that in itself creates a crazy bazaar vibe: so many artists, so little time. I think sometimes people forget how to play a show, sell CDs/t-shirts and talk to people. That’s the guts of it.
PW: What else does the rest of the year have in store for you?
MW: Finishing the record, getting the US/EU tour sorted out. Perhaps some experimental other stuff. I’m excited and anxious in equal measure.
PW: Finally then, what's your ultimate ambition as a band, and what advice would you give to new bands and artists just starting out?
JN: The best advice would be to play anywhere, to anyone, at any time. Forget about what you look like and concentrate on how you sound. Forget about the song name and concentrate on your lyrics. The devil is in the details.