Sydney four-piece SHE REX have been on a meteoric rise. Since dropping their debut EP in September, the girls have been turning all the right heads with their volatile brand of rap-rock-pop. They've cut their fangs on stage with the likes of Wolfmother, Sticky Fingers and British India, and have pushed their way onto the respective radars of Tone Deaf, The Music, and Rolling Stone. The girls took a break from going hard to have a quick chat with Backyard Opera, and put together a playlist that pretty well reflects what they're about as a band: up-tempo, grimy, and violently catchy.
Hey, SHE REX. What have you been up to?
Having just come off the Wolfmother tour, we are currently focusing on writing some new stuff. It’s sounding cool and dirtier. We're also in the process of finalising our next East Coast tour with Lepers and Crooks which should be coming up in May. Can't wait to get back on the road!
How did that video clip for The Heist come about?
We always knew The Heist was made for the road and when director Blake Fraser came along, we were set. The metaphorical story is that of four cowboys who ride into the middle of nowhere to find the devil, while in real time playing in an outback pub to a few locals. It was shot over three full days starting at 5am, which for a pack of night owls was a bit of a struggle, I have to admit. We got there in the end, with the last day of shooting at the good ol’ Captain Cook Hotel. Ending the final day of shooting at the pub was a masterstroke.
I've always thought that 'shoegaze' is a great name for a genre, in the same way that 'anteater' is a great name for animal. If you had to coin a genre to describe SHE REX, in that same noun-verb form, what would it be?
What's the most memorable moment of your live music career?
Always hard to say, but one of the most memorable moments would definitely have to be our first gig supporting British India at the HiFi. We drove from Sydney to Melbourne through the aftermath of a bushfire, and got to the stage with only half an hour to spare. The audience was about 700 people that night.
Then, there is also playing the demolition roof top party with The Preatures at theAnnandale at midday. And, after about 7 consecutive hours of drinking, being asked to be an unofficial opener for the Dune Rats and Sticky Fingers. Messy. Seems we do the best things with half an hours notice.
Oh that, and when we were "Indie of the Week' on rage for our last clip P.O.W.E.R, and we were in Rolling Stone mag as one of the top 5 acts at Bigsound for last year.
Would you tell us a little about the tracks that you’ve chosen today?
We chose these songs ‘cause they are medicine. MOST current pop music is bad for your health. This balances the noise.
1. Hip Hop - Dead Prez
This track has a dope bass line and bouncy bouncy.
2. Covered in Chrome - Violent Soho
Because it is the ultimate rad as fuck road trip psych up song.
3. Icky Thump - The White Stripes
It's a great wacky White Stripes song full of sick riffs and cheek.
4. Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
Soooo powerful. So beautiful. So heartbreaking.
5. Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin
One of the greatest by one of the greatest.
6. Kiss the Sky - Shawn Lees Ping Pong Orchestra
Tash (drummer) discovered it on Pandora and got hooked. It makes her happy.
7. Hurricane - MsMr
8. January - Lester the Fierce
She is a sultry songstress that we had the pleasure of touring with. This song is hauntingly beautiful.
9. Lust for Life - Iggy Pop
Great alarm/morning music. Start the day with Iggy.
10. This System - Lepers and Crooks
A bit of classic rock grit from our pals that we'll be touring with soon. They are insane live.
11. 60 Feet Tall - The Dead Weather
This song starts at the bottom and builds up to 60ft. It gets big. Killer attitude and atmosphere.
12. m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
Everything about this guy is inspiring. He should have won that Grammy. Grrr
13. Composure - Warpaint
Every element of them is real and right. My girl crush.
14. Get Free - Major Lazer
What life is about.
15. Bamboo Banga - M.I.A:
What I often listen to before a show to get my party started.