Violent Soho talk being themselves and making WACO

March 22nd 2016


  • Violent Soho :: Interview with Dom O'Connor


“There’s a lot that we can’t control.  We can only be the band that we are, and we’re happy to be who we are.”

Violent Soho have just released their third album, WACO – a record they describe as the big sister to their second, Hungry Ghost. James Tidswell and Luke Boerdam joined Dom O’Connor in our studio to talk about the making of WACO, and how they survived the pressure of delivering an album to top their last.

“We get to lose our minds and regain them during the recording process.”

The fellas tell us how they created an organic album, taking their time and allowing it to slowly evolve. The writing process drove them a little nuts, but it seems they’ve regained their bearings. James laughs about the unexpected way the album came together:

“Luke’s favourite song was called ‘Golden Days’. It didn’t make the record… and it was the only one he called me excited about. Whereas ‘Like Soda’, I got an email apologising for the song. I thought it was a joke. I thought he was honestly trying to psyche me out.”

The composition of the track made it difficult to record, which made producer Bryce Moorhead uneasy as well. But to Luke’s surprise, ‘Like Soda’ was the first single released from the album, and wildly successful with fans both new and old.

Talking about the pressure placed on them as a band, Luke says they worry more about what each other thinks than they anybody else. They’ve become pretty good at sticking to their guns and making music that feels right to them. At the end of the day, WACO couldn’t have been anything else.

For now, the Mansfield natives are taking everything a day at a time. As for the foreseeable future of Violent Soho, Luke and James can’t imagine ever stopping as a band.

“I think it’s just naturally gonna unfold as it does and happen as it does, and it won’t happen when it doesn’t.”

While they’re not looking to the future for another album just yet, they’re definitely looking forward to their upcoming tour. With the release of WACO, Violent Soho are about to take off with DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats on what they’ve affectionately nicknamed the Violent Death Rats tour. Listen above for the full interview.


WHO: Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats
WHEN: 26 May (second show added) and 27 May (sold out) 2016
WHERE: Enmore Theatre
HOW MUCH: $54-90 through the Enmore Theatre