Ex-pat Eden Mulholland is heading for home soil for a six-date tour to celebrate the recent release of his second album Hunted Haunted. So in anticipation, we got the Brisbane-based multi-instrumentalist to answer 11 somewhat obscure questions we whipped up using the titles of his excellent 11-track offering...
RIVER OF HURT sounds like a terrible place to go swimming. What’s your favourite spot to take a dip?
The Old Cement Works in Warkworth. It’s a manmade lake in the ruins of an old cement works. The water is totally black and it feels like it is bottomless. A truly weird place to swim, but also spookily invigorating. They say the water is full of beneficial minerals.
What would your version of UTOPIA look like?
It would be a brisk morning out on Mum's farm, followed by a read in the sun on the grass, followed by a jam with the bros and a family bbq under the stars, followed by a bush bath. Sort of thing. I'm homesick just reading that actually.
There is a 90s thing going on at the moment. Oasis/Happy Mondays/Stone Roses/jangly guitar pop, grunge, plaid shirts, lank hair, bored looks and singing upwards into microphones. I’m waiting for someone to have a bottle of milk onstage à la Liam Gallager. I quite like it because out of all the current cool resurgences, this one is not super commercialised yet. And people are writing some pretty awesome music. Plus I only saw the 90s as a teenager so now I get an adult perspective?
The word SINGULARITY has a lot of ties to different definitions. One of the more interesting is from a futurology perspective when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence. Is this something you think about much in our post-Matrix world?
Not specifically – however here is a quote from my favourite sci-fi author Ian M Banks “By being unknowable, by resulting from events which, at the sub-atomic level, cannot be fully predicted, the future remains malleable, and retains the possibility of change, the hope of coming to prevail; victory, to use an unfashionable word. In this, the future is a game; time is one of the rules.” From his book - The Player of Games. Mind blown? A lot of it’s like that. But he has amazing spacecraft names too, the So Much For Subtlety, Just Another Victim Of The Ambient Morality, Serious Callers Only, Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall, Pure Big Mad Boat Man and the Warm, Considering.
I just Googled disco music and discovered this genius tune - Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit & Holger Czukay - How Much Are They. Ok so maybe not strictly disco but, just, AMAZE.
Back To The Future Day recently happened but it looks like a LONG WHILE YET before the general public get real hoverboards. What’s one piece of future-tech that would improve your life?
Magical backline hauling pixies.
IF IT WERE UP TO ME travelling the world would be free. If you had one wish, what would it be?
I like how these questions are all very future-ey! My one wish would be for every single person in power to all of a sudden have true empathy.
THOROUGHBRED horses are considered “hot blooded”. What makes you hot blooded?
Watching the cricket world cup at an Australian’s barbecue and needing to leave before the end because it was so excruciating. My blood was so hot it was curdling. I copped so much stick - AND we lost. The humanity of it all.
If you had a series of Eden Mulholland CARDBOARD CUTOUTS that could stand in for you at work and nobody would notice, what would you do with your day off?
Secretly film the people interacting with the Eden Mulholland cardboard cutouts and make a music video out of it. Actually, that’s a pretty good idea! © UTR questioner 2015 damn.
What does the phrase DRAMA TRAUMA mean to you?
My early 20s.
The laconic phrase OVER MY DEAD BODY is a fairly dramatic refusal. What’s something you last put your foot down over?
I once told my wife that the next house we move into – it has to have air conditioning. No negotiating. I know, pretty full on right?
Eden Mulholland kicks off his six-date Hunted Haunted release tour this Thursday 5th November at Meow in Wellington. Head over here for full dates and details.