Unleashed in the wild

IF YOU think Husky is just the name of a fluffy-furred breed of dog, think again.

A four-piece hailing from Melbourne, Husky, has been generating a buzz for its soulful, melodic, acoustic, indie folk sound.

This year, the band members were victorious in Triple J Unearthed, won hearts supporting Noah and the Whale, Kimbra, Jinja Safari and Gotye in gigs around the country and in the US, plus released their anticipated debut album Forever So.

Now the boys are heading out on their first solo tour.

The Guide caught up with Gideon Preiss, vocalist and keyboard master, after the first headlining gig in Hobart.

"It's a different gig to the supporting thing," he said.

"This is a whole new challenge and a completely new experience. I feel so honoured and privileged."

In a way, Preiss and Husky Gawenda (vocals) have been making music together since they were born. They are cousins and grew up surrounded by music.

"We used to watch Video Hits together and listen and dance to music like Michael Jackson," Preiss said.

"I used to love to listen to Husk singing with his mum and sister in the family garage.

"I would sit in on rehearsals and I was so intrigued and amazed by the sounds.

"I guess that was the point I fell in love with music but I think at the time you don't quite realise that music will stay with you forever.

"You just dream one day you can sound as good as the music you hear and are drawn to that energy."

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Music continued to follow and draw together Preiss and Gawenda. The pair played in a number of bands together and apart in Melbourne but their musical ties always brought them back as one.

Three years ago, they became serious about Husky and, joined by a couple of mates, the four began work on their debut album.

Just like their music, their recording process was organic and unconventional.

It was recorded in the backyard of a bungalow in the northern suburbs of Melbourne that Gawenda was renting.

They transformed the place into a home studio where each band member had a nook to record their part.

The kitchen became the drum studio, the lounge room for vocals, and the hallway for keyboards.

A debut album is a pivotal point for a band and Husky kept this in mind when recording.

"Husk and I really wanted to stay true to ourselves. This was the album we would never get to make again," Preiss said.

"It wasn't tailored to a particular audience or a Triple J sound. It was quite exciting to release it into the wild."

The result is a melodic recording full of gangling acoustic guitar and rich harmonies.

"We want people to have their own experience," he said.

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