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It’s always a little surreal to think that Melbourne four-piece Husky, whom we first stumbled across online and first saw playing third billing at a tiny show in Sydney, are now seeing a huge amount of success with national airplay, a milestone record deal and international tours. Husky will be returning to Asutralia this month after a string of dates overseas and are immediately jumping into their national Tidal Wave tour, including a spot on the lineup of Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road event in Dungog, NSW. We thought the timing was right to sit down again with frontman and band namesake Husky Gawenda to talk about the Husky’s successes and what’s coming up next.
Gareth Hugh Evans: It seems like every time I chat to you guys either in an interview or at a gig I always start by saying “it’s been a massive few months for you” – which seems to have been true for so long now. Did you ever think you’d be in a place where you have national airplay, are touring internationally, signed to a well respected label and playing alongside some of the best known acts world? Do you have to pinch yourself sometimes?
Husky Gawenda: The last year has far exceeded my expectations. I never imagined any of those things. The planets aligned for us and some amazing opportunities have come our way. But the task is the same as it always was – to write good songs and play good shows.
GHE: You’re heading back to Australia for a national tour in October before festival season hits. Does it feel good to be getting back to some familiar crowds?
HG: Yeah we have missed home and it will be a great feeling to play on home soil again. Home is still where the heart is.
GHE: The Gentlemen of the Road stop over at Dungog is part of that tour – how does it feel to be invited to play alongside the likes of Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe as well as some of the country’s most highly respected acts?
HG: It’s an honour to receive the call. Gentlemen of the Road focuses on bringing music to places that don’t normally see international acts or even high profile national acts.
GHE: How important, as a high profile act yourself, to get out and play these regional shows?
It’s really important. I feel very drawn to any place where there are people who want to see the show and hear the songs. And often the shows in more remote places are the most memorable.
GHE: You have a few other festivals coming up and no doubt some more to be announced – how is playing to a festival crowd now that your music has had national exposure? Do you find the crowds are less about discovering your music and more coming to your set because they’re already fans?
HG: Yeah there’s still a mixture of both. It’s always nice to have the support of those who know the songs but also nice to think that some people are discovering our music at the same time. Festivals are great places to discover music, sometimes by accident.
GHE: With everything that’s going on – the album, touring, press – do you ever find time just to relax or even write new songs?
HG: We’ve had a really busy year. There hasn’t been much time to relax. But working hard at something you love is a hell of a lot easier than working at something you don’t care much about, or even dislike. I’ve been writing along the way. We plan to start making our next album when we get home for the summer.
Husky’s Tidal Wave tour kicks off next week in Melbourne. The full list of dates are below.
Thursday 11th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 14th October – Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 18th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th October – Gentlemen of the Road, Dungog NSW
Sunday 21st October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW