A formidable rock’n’roll prospect if their just-released self-titled debut EP is anything to go by, Here Comes The Rooster initially came together with an intention of merely being a side project for singer/guitarist, John Sears, who was seeking to showcase and give life to songs that didn’t fit the band he’d been working with.
Momentum is telling, however, and Here Comes The Rooster soon became the main entity and the focus of his songwriting output.
“The number one goal was to be able to play a set that flows and changes,” he recalls of HCTR’s beginnings. “We didn’t want to be a band where you couldn’t tell one song from the next. We are very conscious of never adding anything that doesn’t make the song better. We want the freedom to play whatever music suits the lyrics. Sometimes that is blues, sometimes prog. There is room left to move for individual expression but that expression, first and foremost, must serve the song.”
Initial jams saw the band evolve to its existing form, after the original guitarist and drummer left. In a human chain of events, early auditionee Chris (Casella, bass) brought in Dave (Corica, guitar/vocals) who in turn brought in Jason (Champion, drums).
The line-up solidified and bonded over simular musical tastes (“So many and it will change tomorrow,” Sears notes) and all the differences that make such things interesting.
“That variation in songs is something we have now but there are always new areas we want to visit,” Sears explains. “We are at a point now where we have enough of a catalogue to be able to really plan out how the set will sound – from upbeat, to those times when we slow it down.”
The HCTR EP feature the band’s two previously-released singles. Loving Yourself and Wasting are songs, Sears explains, that both sit on the lyrically irreverent side.
“Loving Yourself is a story about a friend of mine who got wasted one night and went home and tried to get his old girlfriend involved in some phone sex, all while his current girlfriend was listening from the other room,” he reveals, rather er, revealingly.
“Wasting was about the frustration of being in a band for a couple years and not being able to get my music out…. which was part of the reason for me creating Here Comes The Rooster in the first place.”
They are joined by two new songs – Panic and Empty Overflow. Recorded at the same time as the aforementioned tunes, they represent a different side of HCTR and were treated as such.
“We spent a lot more time with these on the mixing side as the songs were more emotionally complex and we wanted to ensure that feeling matched the lyrics,” Sears explains.
“Panic is just about having a panic attack and musically follows the feeling of that from the anxiety of it occurring, to the full-blown attack followed by the recovery. Empty Overflow is about the passionless existence you can sometime feel being a middle-class 9-5 person.”
HCTR recently launched the EP at The Boston. With more new songs set for release the stage is certainly the place they like to be.
“We really try to have fun and love getting that feedback from the audience,” Sears says. “We make sure that even though the song is serious, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
In terms of future songwriting and releases, Sears maintains that “our favourite song is always the one we are writing right now.” In that regard, expect a bunch of favourites in 2018.
“We plan to record another EP or possibly album,” he says. “We are at the point where it is hard to pick which songs we won’t record which is a good place to be in.”
Here Comes The Rooster’s next show is in support of Dirtwater Bloom at the Bassendean Hotel on Friday, February 23, along with Lightnin Jack and Andrew McCubbin. Event details at www.facebook.com/events/2037277576491713/
HCTR FB Page – www.facebook.com/HCTRooster/