Sydney three-piece Good Heavens came into being last year when record label Rice is Nice suggested two respected musicians consider working together. It worked so well they quickly recruited a third member, and their debut album was released earlier this year. Singer and guitarist Sarah Kelly, formerly of theredsunband, took the time recently to answer a few questions about her latest venture, and what it's like hitting the ground running, forming a band with established rock musicians (ex-Wolfmother members) Chris Ross and Myles Heskett.
You recently played Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne - is this your first tour?
Yes, first tour since releasing the record in August.
Why "Good Heavens"?
We originally wanted to call the band 'Heavens!' but it was taken.
How would you describe your music?
Where have you come from, how long has it been and where are you going?
Well we have been around for a while playing in other bands! But Good Heavens is about a year and a half old. We are doing fun things like making film clips in huge old country mansions, writing new songs and enjoying our time on the highway.
What can punters expect from a Good Heavens show?
Quiet - loud - quiet - super-loud.
Do you have any particular favourite song(s) on your album - can you tell us why?
My favourites are "Strange Dreams", because I love the song itself and the fact that it slows down in the middle. "Are You Sick?" because it gets so apocalyptic, and the "Know Your Own Heart Reprise", because it sounds wonderful and reminds me of our time in the studio.
Who are your favourite local bands to share a bill with and why?
I love The Holy Soul, they always put on a good show. There's a band called Moon Holiday that rehearse at the same place we do, I keep hearing them through the wall and would like to see them play.
You've said you formed in the "1950s A&R way...we're not another band who were friends in high school" - how does that affect the band, your music or performances?
Well, it's a very different way of looking at things. We came together out of a love of playing and also out of an awareness that conflict can completely destroy your enjoyment of music. So we are all very respectful of each other and place a lot of emphasis on getting along, rather than having a long complicated history. It's interesting. I like it. I feel completely at ease with Chris and Myles which is very good for creating new things.
Sarah Kelly, thanks for your time.
Good Heavens debut album Strange Dreams is out now.