Husky: “History’s Door”
The band Husky hails from Melbourne, Australia, and their brand of lush, introspective pop has earned them fans down under and over here. Their forthcoming record Forever So (out in North America on July 10) is being put out on the venerable label Sub Pop, and was mixed by Noah Georgeson, who’s worked with Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and The Strokes. But that sort of indie cred was built on lots of talent, hard work and just a soupçon of luck.
The band began in 2008 when cousins Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss teamed up with bassist Evan Tweedie and drummer Luke Collins. The group started playing out in Melbourne and moved into a ramshackle house together to make a record on their own. All over the house, wires and cords snaked from the kitchen to the bathroom to the backyard shed. One of the last tracks to be recorded was today’s song of the day, “History’s Door.” It’s a delicately-crafted song that skates a razor thin line between nervous control and reckless catharsis. Gawenda’s voice is dreamily expressive even when he sings in hushed tones, and the rhythm section drives the song like a sports car.
It was a good thing they recorded “History’s Door” because it’s earned them radio play all over the country, thanks to winning a contest conducted by Australia’s Triple J radio network. Today they’re on the verge of the big time in two countries. That’s not too shabby for a little indie-pop quartet from southern Australia.