British trio HÆLOS have been favourites of ours for a little while now. Having caught some of their early shows as a band out at SXSW in 2016, it’s been wonderful to see the band continue to go from strength to strength. Their debut album Full Circle and the strong live show that’s come off the back of it finally made its way to Australia over the New Year’s period and we were stoked to be able to catch the band again, this time at the Falls Festival.
Having come off the stage not long prior, Arthur Delaney, Lotti Bernadout and Dom Goldsmith crash on a couch with us and go in on the development of their live show.
“It’s been a process of evolution, really.” Dom explains. “When we first started this project, it was a studio project. We were signed before we ever played live, so the live shows began after the formation of the band, if you know what I mean? We wanted it to be live and to be considered an electronic band, but for the live shows to be live music. That’s something that I think a lot of contemporary bands don’t necessarily do; all the bands that we really respect massively do this. It’s definitely what we’ve strived for, to create something that doesn’t compromise on that element.”
“I suppose it’s like an unspoken thing that you can’t really put down.” Arthur adds. “There have been little moments where I feel like we’ve broken it in to another level; you get this instinctive kind of thing where you just feel each other. You can only get it from playing multiple shows in a row.”
From the dual percussionists onstage, to the infectious chemistry vocalists Arthur and Lottie share onstage, HÆLOS have stepped out from comparisons to the likes of The xx and Habits to construct and completely inhibit their own live atmosphere.
“I think it makes it so much more enjoyable for us on stage,” Lotti says of their current live line up.”Having Martin [Rooney] and Bo [Morgan] on the drums and Daniel [Vildosola] on guitar, it just really brings it to life. As a performer, that just gives you the energy and makes it feel so much enjoyable. I think as you go along, you become a family on the road so much; after you’ve done a certain number of shows, the things that are going to go wrong have gone wrong, so you stop being so nervous about them. You’re able to just get into the groove of it and enjoy it and feel that synergy onstage, which is great.”
Watch the full interview below!