Kim Churchill's tunes are the kind that you want to take with you on a long road trip (somewhere along the coast of course). His lyrics wrap you up in a warm blanket by a crackling fire and his melodies leaving your skin tasting of salt. He is the epitome of a coasty kid, with his ideal weekend made up of fun parties, rad breakies and good waves.
With his new album, Weight_Falls, dropping today, we caught up with Kim who told us about the process for writing this album (it happened in one "frenetic" week), shared his creative fuel and we finished things off by asking this ocean lover an impossibly difficult question.
Image: Kim Churchill. Supplied.
Can you tell us a little about your new album Weight_Falls? What inspired this album?
I wrote it in one frenetic week after deciding to scrap another album I had just finished. I knew something wasn’t quite right about the other one but it took me a long time and a lot of hard work before finally realising. It was oddly liberating to put it down and I told my team we’d meet same place/same time a week from then and I’d have a new album demoed. In that weird almost enlightened (for a second) state, I set to work the next morning. It was surreal. I just knew exactly what I had to do and say and sing and play. Each song stumbled out after another fully formed. It felt as though an enormous weight had fallen off me and I was free to move and dance again. I also discovered garage band and began chopping up my acoustic guitar parts and adding synth bass and beats even to the demos. That digital influence was important. It’s represented by the underscore in the title.
…and what’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Probably ‘Weight Falls’. I wrote it a 6am the next morning after our meeting and pretty much played it the way it is first time – lyrics and all. I’ll never forget that moment and every time I play them song it takes me back to that early hour and the clarity I felt.
Image: Album Cover Weight_Falls. Supplied.
How did it feel to be listed on Triple J’s ‘20 awesome albums still to come in 2017’ list?
That was a serious honour! There are some real heavyweights in that list and I was soooo stoked to be in on it. I’ve always thought of myself more of a live performer. To see people so excited about my recordings is incredibly validating for me. It's all I could ever ask for really.
Other than through your music, how do you fuel yourself creatively?
I like to paint watercolours. I really suck at it and I think that’s why it's good fuel. It's so lovely to do something creative that you know is super basic and a little bit tragic. It gives you a kind of recklessness that seeps into other areas. Surfing is good too. And yoga. And, oddly enough, getting drunk with my friends and talking crap. If I have a big night I’m always feeling pretty creative the next day.
What’s your song writing process?
Differs every time. Sometimes I push record on my phone and play a little idea which builds into a song over the course of a few minutes and then I just go back and harvest all the good bits. Other times I sit down with a concept and build it up brick by brick. Line by line. Sometimes I have a guitar riff for years before I find a home for it and similarly with lyrics. At the base of everything I think I try to make sure I’m enjoying it. If I’m truly enjoying it, I think it’s probably good or at the very least least enjoyable.
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What’s your favourite thing about your hometown?
The colour of the ocean there and the beautiful quiet sleep calm of it.
What’s the best way to treat yo’ self?
New surfboard. Most def!
"It's so lovely to do something creative that you know is super basic and a little bit tragic."
Are there any particular artists that have influenced your style?
Yeah, Bon Iver for sure. The new album was very inspired by Portishead, an American band called Lewis Del Mar and an Irish singer songwriter by the name of Villagers. Beyond that Bob Dylan was the reason I started writing songs and Neil Young is who I strive to write like.
What makes up your perfect weekend.
Good waves. A great bunch of people and some fun parties and gigs. A lot of funny moments to take videos and photos. A few rad brekkies and some good jams and little creative sessions…. Oh and maybe a walk or two.
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Best song to listen to:
When you’re getting sexy: ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ by Kendrick Lamar. Need to put on the album though ;) If I had to choose just one probably ‘Alright’.
When you’re lazing around in bed while you’re hungover: Glass Animals for sure. Um... Let’s go with ‘Pools’.
When you’re crying for hours on end because you just found out that your ex brought a dog with someone: Ben Howard, ‘End of the Affair’.
When you’re looking pensively out of a car window: Alt-J ‘Taro’.
When you’re on the toilet: Hmmmmm… tricky…. I’m gonna go with ‘Hello Goodbye’ by The Beatles.
Quick Fire Round
Cold sausage or cold pizza? Pizza for sure.
Beer or wine? Oooffftt…. Beer. I must be honest.
Coffee or tea? Coffee…but again ooft.
Early rise or sleep in? Early rise fa shiz!
A night out having a boogie or a night at home in your trackies? Home in trackies. Boogie nights are far too many as it is for me, let alone aligning myself with them.
Never swim in the ocean again or never kiss the lips of another human again? WHAT!!! Nup. Just nup. That’s out of control! Um… ok. Far out. Never kiss the lips of a human again I guess. Just go for all the other forms of affection. But seriously. I’m not sure I’d survive...
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Listen to some more of Kim Churchill's stuff on Soundcloud and click here to check out when he's touring in your city!
KIM CHURCHILL AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Tickets on sale now from www.kimchurchill.com
THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER - CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE
FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER - UNIBAR, WOLLONGONG
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER– STREET THEATRE, CANBERRA
THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER – THE JACK, CAIRNS
FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER – THE OFFICE, TOWNSVILLE
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER - TIMBERFEST, MACKAY
FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER – CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT
SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER – SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE
THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER – FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE
FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER – WARATAH HOTEL, HOBART
SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER – ROYAL OAK, LAUNCESTON
FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER – FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE FRONT LAWN, FREMANTLE
SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER – PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY
SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER – RED ROOM @ CLANCYS FISH PUB, DUNSBOROUGH
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER – THE FACTORY, SYDNEY
THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER – SOLBAR, SUNSHINE COAST
FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER – SOUNDLOUNGE, GOLD COAST
SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER - THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
Kate Neilson is the founding editor at Twenty Something Humans. She likes to eat toast in bed and watches an abundance of Ru Paul's Drag Race on a rainy day. She is a list maker and a booty shaker and can be lurked @katiepotatierose.