Melbourne-based Hamish Anderson is known for his live shows that encompass a mix of blues, rock and folk with moments of loud, electric blues-soaked songs as well as delicate acoustic balladry. Now fans can hear this live sound at home as he has recently released his debut self titled EP which features organ and piano from Rami Jaffee (keyboardist for Foo Fighters and founding member of The Wallflowers).
After hearing a few of Hamish’s songs, Rami Jaffee stopped by the studio, while on tour in Australia for Foo Fighters, to record organ and piano for Hamish’s debut EP release. The five track EP was recorded in BJB Studio with producer Eric J. Dubowsky (Art vs. Science, Weezer, Bluejuice). The EP was engineered by Jean-Paul Fung (Birds of Tokyo, Last Dinosaurs, Silverchair) and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Dr John, The Shins).
Hamish Anderson lists his influences as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams and there are certainly some of these portrayed in his music.
Howl is the first single to be taken from the self titled EP. In Howl, The Black Keys’ sound can be heard strongly particularly in the backing vocals,”Woah, won’t you hear me howl.” This is probably due to the EP being mastered by Brian Lucey who has also worked with The Black Keys.
There are also small parts of Jeff Buckley’s influence that shine through in Howl but unfortunately this comparison is not being made in terms of the vocals but musically. Hamish has stolen that ballad rock feel that is apparent in Buckley’s songs like Last Goodbye and Grace. Howl is a great rock track with a mesmerising video to accompany it.