For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: Fuzzy bass, melodic rhythms and passionate vocal interplay, reverberating with Nineties grunge.
FOR FANS OF: Sonic Youth, Sincerely, Grizzly, Bad//Dreems
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Emerging in 2011, Adelaide's Horror My Friend (co-vocalists and guitarists Tom Gordon and Josh Battersby, drummer Sam Kolesnik) deliver honest grunge influenced by Nirvana and Soundgarden. Not surprisingly, a 2013 support with Violent Soho was an early career highlight. "When you meet a band whose music you've listened to for so long, you're like, 'What are they going to be like as people?' They're actually the nicest dudes," Battersby says. After two EPs, last year's debut album, Stay In, Do Nothing, was nominated for two SA Music Awards for Best Release and Best Group. The momentum looked set to continue with a scheduled trip to the UK for The Great Escape festival, only for the trio to be "turned away by Customs". "We had a friend who booked us a big old tour bus. I was just really excited to drive around with my friends and have a good time. But it didn't eventuate," Battersby laughs. Horror My Friend have since played five sold-out shows on their east coast tour this February and shared new track "Admit None", which is destined for their upcoming second album.
THEY SAY: On first listening to key influence Sonic Youth, Battersby remembers: "I was watching a Nirvana 'Top 100' countdown on Foxtel, it was all great Nineties bands like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Then the song 'Dirty Boots' [from 1990's Goo] came on and I was blown away. [After buying the album] I had it in the car and liked 'Dirty Boots', but not anything else for a little while. Then I kept listening to it and fell in love. Before that I listened to Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but Sonic Youth had that extra degree of chaos."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: Echoing bass riffs and Gordon's raw, screamed vocals are underscored by clean rhythm guitar licks and tight drumming on "DIYS".