Seven Questions with Morning Harvey's Spencer White
James Bullock | On 15, May 2015
Feeling down on the ’10 > Quick Question’ format, and Buzzfeed slowly but surely conquering your newsfeed?
Well tough, because Morning Harvey’s mix of brilliantly moody post-psych is a treat for anyone who’s love of The Verve and Richard Ashcroft hasn’t diminished over the ever so slightly underwhelming ‘Forth.’
The refreshing simplicity of the psych-soaked new release from MH however- ‘Smith Street Swap Meet,’ is the newest addition to a range of tracks gaining national and overseas coverage, with a new international manager on the scene for a band who’s variety of musical flavours form songs that reflect on the melancholy of suburban love and love lost, among other things.
TCI: How has being in a band with such a rich history in music from the individual members changed the process of songwriting for MH?
Spencer: I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s changed the process of writing for me but itâ€™s definitely helped in the way of collaborative writing and bouncing off ideas between one another.
TCI: As a pretty young musician, what’s the support been like from the musical community?
Spencer: Brisbaneâ€™s very supportive and small. Everyone knows everyone.
TCI: how have you watched the rise in Australian psych-pop in recent years and have you taken anything away in particular from any artists? (..and why)
Spencer: Thereâ€™s definitely an abundance of â€œpsychâ€ rock, pop or whatever you want to call it in Australia, thereâ€™s pretty much a new band popping up everyday.
The only thing I have really noticed is that bands under the â€œpsychâ€ genre itself (especially in Australia) get stuck in some kind of â€˜rutâ€™. The music remains very similar, which to me, becomes frustrating. Itâ€™s always thrilling to see a band evolve after each release, keeping it exciting.
TCI: Morning Harvey seemed to bounce back into the musical sphere after a couple of years with Girl Euphoria, is there a story behind the return?
Spencer: I donâ€™t think there was really a return as suchâ€¦. We were still playing shows frequently; itâ€™s probably just that we took a fair time to get our shit together and figure out where we wanted to go.
TCI: Blur or The Verve, and why? If you don’t like either what would you counter with…and why
Spencer: I couldnâ€™t choose to tell you the truth. Theyâ€™re both incredible bands.
TCI: What does it mean to you to have Rick Chazan on board, and what would you like best from some overseas focus?
Spencer: I guess we have some structure in our â€œband lifeâ€ now because of the guy.Â People tell us heâ€™s the nicest person in the music business.. Probably right.Â We havenâ€™t seen him lose his marbles yet.
In regards to overseas, anything to give us the chance to take our music over.
TCI: What would you most want thrown at you at a show, and by whom?
Spencer: Nothing! I couldnâ€™t think of anything worse than being taken out by a flying object at a show.
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