BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: With 100
PHOTOGRAPHY: TIM BAKER
Sydney’s 100 tend to keep a pretty low profile. It’s this sense of mystery that only adds to their already engaging, post-punk charm. This week they released their hard-hitting debut EP ‘Cortisone’ - a collection of tracks that push and pull in all the right places. It’s a real treat. We took a step inside their practice space for our second instalment of ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and got to know the four-piece that little bit better.
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Alright, let’s do this. Where do you normally get together to practice and how often?
We usually practice at Soundworks Studios in Marrickville a couple of times a week, or Ivory Lane Studio on the Central Coast if we’re going into lockdown to work on new material.
You guys have an extremely tight sound. When did you first start making music as 100?
We first started what would become 100 around two years ago, we did a good year of writing and rehearsing before we went public.
Your brilliant new EP is out this week. What’s your favourite track and why?
It’s probably not healthy to play favourites with your babies, but ‘Groove’ is the most popular baby.
What’s the dynamic like between the four of you? What’s everyone’s role?
We each have our own roles in not only how our songs are written, but also how our band is managed. I think our personalities often contrast and compliment one another. Colby is the brightness in our band, Jaryd is usually cool and calm, I think I’m the grumpy one, and Paris is just… something else.
Your new single ‘Groove’ gets better with every listen. What are some go to albums that you never get sick of?
I can’t speak for everyone in the band but I’m going to say Highway 61 Revisited, London Calling & Let It Be (Replacements, not the Beatles). They’re the kind of albums that get deeper and deeper, each time you listen you find things you never heard before.
What’s the 100 creative process like? Who writes the songs?
Typically, Jaryd or I will come with an idea, sometimes just a riff, other times a half-baked demo, and we build from there. Lately we’ve been experimenting with programmed drum tracks in Paris’ studio before taking the songs to the band setting.
You have a really dynamic sound, with more aggressive moments often balanced out by a melodic sense of calm. Do you think it’s important to explore all kinds of emotions via your music?
100% that’s why we do this, I think there’s a fine line between exploring your own vulnerability through music and just coming off whiny and self-loathing.
‘If I Give Myself’ is a pretty powerful track. If you could give yourself any superpower – what would it be and why?
There’s actually a line in the song about getting so high you think you can fly, so I’ll say flight.
How do you like to unwind when you’re not busy making music?
Colby here, I’m gonna take over cause Rowen had to go to work.
I’m pretty into the beach in summer, reading a book or going somewhere with lots of trees. I like to get out of the city whenever possible. I think the daily grind of the city can get to you a little bit.
If you could make music anywhere else in the world where would it be?
I do think Sydney has influenced the sound of our music a lot, so I’d be interested to see how a change of scenery would affect our sound. I’m pretty interested in going to Copenhagen, I hear it’s the new Berlin. That, or somewhere tropical like Southeast Asia. Or maybe we could go to India and find ourselves like the Beatles did.
Finally, if you could have any celebrity cameo in your next video clip, who would it be and why?
I’d like to have someone completely out of place just to make people scratch their heads, like Japanese author Haruki Murakami. Actually no, I reckon I’m gonna say Bob Dylan just to see the look on Rowen's face.
100 play The Chippo Hotel this Friday 19th October. Don’t miss it.