We speak to HTRK and stream their new 12" split with Tropic of Cancer
HTRK are at home, working to complete their third studio album for a 2013 release. Produced by Excepter's Nathan Corbin, Nigel Yang and Jonnine Standish have already laid down tracks at his Santa Fe studio, with group plunges in the lake, margaritas at the stroke of 6.30 and an oxygen tank for altitude sickness their rituals. Guests, including Cosey Fanni Tutti and American novelist Blake Butler will be added to the record over the coming weeks, in what's shaping up be a sublime successor to their last LP Work (work, work).
The band are also limbering up to stalk the Australian Summer festival circuit, with shows at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania, featuring Pandora's Jukebox and Standish/Carlyon, and their first ATP Festival in Melbourne, amid a line-up including The Dead C, Einstürzende Neubauten and My Bloody Valentine.
There's proper, take-away fan nutrition whilst Standish and Yang are busy writing the next chapter though. A split on Ghostly is released with LA's Tropic of Cancer next week; a moody sessions document broadcast by cult West Coast radio show Part Time Punks. We stream the EP in full and showcase Yang's Topaz A.K.A. Tokyo Decadence video edit, as Hate Rock fill us in on cheerleaders and musical comradeship.
DD: Can you tell us about the Part Time Punks session?
HTRK: Michael Stock's Part Time Punks radio show beams out of KXLU at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. We have a thing for twisted American teen movies so it was super surreal to be walking around campus. Highlight was watching a group of perfect cheerleaders doing their thing on the grounds. Our radio session was smooth - listening back we thought it could make a nice release. We hooked up with Nathan Corbin for the first time and he shot and directed our LA video 'Bendin'. He drove us around, five locations a day, all his favourite LA haunts. We just fell in love with the place. We made some new friends in LA, it felt like a new home for us.
DD: What about your relationship with Tropic of Cancer? Do you feel a synergy?
HTRK: They have become real comrades. After listening to their early EPs we asked them to join us on our first American tour and then later in London for our album launch at the Garage. Later they caught our Hallowe’en show at club Silencio and we went down to see them play a show at Berghain. Their song ‘More Alone’ on this EP is pretty special. It’s unusual for us to like another band so much.
DD: The radio session found its place thanks to John Peel, ardently cherished and obsessed over by fans. Do you have any favourites in your music library?
HTRK: The Autechre Peel Session was a favourite of ours. We also love the sleeve design by The Designers Republic.