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HOT GLUE'S TOP 5 TIPS FOR CREATING MUSIC WITH FAMILY MEMBERS

Roadkill is out now!

Image: Mala Kras.


Melbourne’s sibling-fronted indie-rock trio Hot Glue have dropped their new single, Roadkill. To celebrate the release, the band have shared with MILKY five tips for creating music with family members.


Roadkill feels like one of our angriest with its passive aggressive apologies and accusations. I wrote it at a time where I felt distance growing in a relationship that I had wanted to work really hard to fix. It’s all about abandonment and loneliness and the lengths you’ll go to when you want to convince someone to forgive you.” Pearl Harnath of Hot Glue shares.


“The recording of Roadkill felt very intuitive. We wanted to keep it simple, since the lyrics in this single are the focus for us. The moment it seemed to all come together for me was when we added Lily’s harmonies. Contrasting to the themes of loneliness in the lyrics, the two vocals supporting each other in that second verse have a huge impact.”


To celebrate the release of their forthcoming record Hatchet, Hot Glue will host an album launch at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne on September 7. Supported by Polly and The Pockets and Kincaid, tickets are on sale now!



TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR GENETICALLY IDENTICAL VOCAL CORDS

Only siblings have voices that will perfectly blend together. Use this to your advantage to create sweet, sweet harmonies. When singing in unison it will sound like a doubled vocal (although you won’t be able to tell who is singing flat in rehearsal).



CHOOSE YOUR INSPIRATIONS WISELY

While some sibling bands make great role models (i.e. The Breeders, The Veronicas) you want to proceed with caution to avoid the Oasis effect.



WHAT HAPPENS AT THE STUDIO DOES NOT STAY AT THE STUDIO

Bring it all home with you! Christmas lunch, birthday celebrations, family movie nights! Alienate all your extended relatives by discussing the intricacies of your album recording process at family events!



BALANCE ENCOURAGEMENT WITH CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM

We feel like we have to provide a disclaimer at most shows that we’re only bickering because we’re related. We’re about as close as two siblings can get, but we also have to remember that sometimes tough love won’t get that guitar solo to where it needs to be. Don’t forget to tell each other ‘you’re awesome’ and laugh off the tense moments in rehearsal.



GET ONE OF YOUR BOYFRIENDS TO PLAY DRUMS

A potentially controversial take, but it won’t get any more tight-knit than two siblings and one of their boyfriends all on one stage together and that’s how you’ll write the best songs. The drummer/boyfriend will almost definitely be kept in line by the scrutinising gaze of the girlfriend’s sibling anyway.



Roadkill is out now!


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