UnHinged Magazine would like to introduce our readers to Harshmellow! Harshmellow comes to us by way of Melbourne, Australia. They are described as "Acoustic Deathpop".
Tom Christen is also the lead singer and guitarist for Dreamworm.
UnHinged was lucky enough to snag an interview with the members of Harshmellow:
Chloe Garrett: Vocals/Guitar/Violin
Tom Lee Christen: Vocals/Guitar
What first got you both into music?
Tom: Watching music videos and listening to my cousins' mix tapes. I started playing guitar because my brother was given one, he never played it but I did.
Chloe: My mum is a singer and my dad is a music lover. I never stood a chance at not being a musician. I started formal training with violin and singing at age 6, then fell in love with progressive music at 13.
What is the bands creative process like?
Chloe: Some songs we've written separately and then brought to each other, some are more of a collaboration. We try not to get stuck in one way of doing things. If I'm writing lyrics, it's often about issues that I'm having. I don't usually feel like I can make a whole song out of a happy feeling. I think Tom and I have that in common!
Tom: Yes it's different for each song. I write most of the guitar parts and Chloe writes most of the lyrics, vocal melodies and violin parts, but on some of our songs Chloe wrote the guitar and I wrote the lyrics. And yes, lyrically we both are drawn toward darker themes often, but not exclusively. I occasionally try to include a glimmer of positivity in amongst all the angst.
Who would the band most like to collaborate with?
Tom: If I had a genie in a bottle, I'd love to write songs with some of my favourite songwriters like Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl or Trent Reznor.
Chloe: I'm waiting for Steven Wilson and Jim Grey from Caligula's Horse to call me. Any day now.
If the band could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Chloe: Puscifer would be amazing. I love Carina's vocals.
Tom: Cradle of Filth. Why not.
How did ya’ll meet?
Tom: We met at a bar in Melbourne. Chloe had jumped over the back fence to get in.
Chloe: Yes, we bonded over a shared love of heavy music and the rest is history.
Explain how you came up with your band name.
Tom: We wanted something that encompassed both light and dark. Chloe is a big fan of puns and wordplay so I came up with Harshmellow as a suggestion.
Chloe: I loved it immediately and hassled Tom until he accepted it as our band name.
What was the best concert you both have seen and why?
Tom: Saw some amazing bands at Big Day Out and Soundwave back in the day, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Tool, Rammstein, Prodigy, Muse, System of a Down...The list goes on. I find it really hard to narrow it down. Download Festival was amazing the last few years too. And lots of bands at Unify Festival this year, Architects and Ghost Inside in particular were unreal.
Chloe: Be Prog My Friend festival in Barcelona with Steven Wilson and Opeth. Agent Fresco are an Icelandic prog band who took me by surprise with an incredible performance. Tool and Caligula's Horse are also a good time whenever I've seen them.
What is the most useless talent both of you have?
Chloe: I can rap the entirety of Baby Got Back by Sir Mixalot. I have no regrets.
Tom: Music in general is a pretty useless talent really. I'm not a bad dancer, though.
Do either of you sing in the shower? What songs?
Tom: 100%. Whatever pop song I've heard on the radio, usually. Either that or our songs.
Chloe: I sing in the car more than the shower. I tend to sing classical songs from my exam days or pretend I'm Maynard James Keenan.
Which famous musicians do both of you admire?
Chloe: Every woman making it in the heavy music scene. I also love Justin Timberlake, wish I could dance and sing like that.
Tom: Amanda Palmer is pretty awesome. I met her recently and she was super cool.
What is the most trouble either of you have ever gotten into?
Chloe: I'm banned from a huge supermarket after they caught me "borrowing" food for some homeless folks.
Tom: I got arrested for walking down the street naked one time. I may have consumed a rather large quantity of a certain substance which led me to believe this was a reasonable thing to do.
Harshmellow, like many others, were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and had shows cancelled.
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