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The Enright House

The Enright House

Monday, 9th August 2010 12:26PM

Been around since?
I started grouping various songs and musical ideas under the name The Enright House around 2000, after I started to get really annoyed at not being able to find my own music in my iTunes player. Initially, this included sound design projects I had finished for my composition classes at university, old guitar doodles that I wrote for bands I was playing in, and, of course, all the pseudo-poppy music that I usually just goofed around with while bored with academia.

Then, in 2006 I put some stuff on my website, Blink stumbled across it, liked it, released it, and then it kind of dawned on me that it could be fun to keep doing this. So I started working on a new Enright House album, which will be out around June/July, put out a few adds looking for musicians, and we started playing out as a band late in 2006.

Current line up?

Mark Roberts (guitar and vocals)
Simon Gemmill (drums)
Evan Schaare (synths)
Thomas lambert (guitars)

Where are you based?
Currently in Christchurch. We'll probably stay here for another year or two, and then see what our options are. Eventually, I want to move back to the States to live, but this country has been really good to me, so there's definitely no rush.

Musical history?

My mom's an opera singer and my dad's a trained organist, who works as an agent for singers and conductors. My mom was singing operas while I was still in her belly. It never occurred to me that there was anything aside from music I could do with my life, and aside from getting a degree or two in philosophy, I never have done much outside of music during the last 27 years.

What were you listening to back in high school?
Ha. The four first records my mom bought me for Christmas were Pixies "Surfa Rosa", Fugazi "Repeater + 3 songs", Metallica "Black Album" and a Peter Gabriel Cd. After that I listened to a lot of east bay punk, EBM and darkwave, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, and from as far back as I can remember always a lot of classical music.

What are you currently listening to?
I always come back to the same artists... Mogwai, Death Cab for Cutie, Explosions in the Sky, GY!BE, Sufjan Stevens, Pixies, The Books, etc.

I go through various phases, and there are a lot of great bands out there, but at the end of the day I don't think there are more than 200 records in my life that I have ever liked well enough to want to listen to them more than twice.

The state of music in NZ is..?
Very, very healthy I'd say. I've come across so many fantastic New Zealand musicians and bands during the last two years, it's hard to wrap one's head around... Shocking Pinks, Over the Atlantic, Jakob, Break Mission Kills, Misfit Mod, Kill The Zodiac, Die Die Die, Graysom Gilmor, i.Ryoko, A Flight to Blackout, Ejector, HDU, Dead Pan Rangers... this list could go on in infinity.

In other words, there is not shortage of great talent in NZ!

The only thing this country really lacks at the moment, in my opinion, are strong indie labels. There are a few lackluster majors and affiliates around, and a lot of wonderful boutique indie labels, but none of the latter have really managed to grow strong enough to launch NZ bands on an international scale. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that someone with an iron will and determination will muster the courage and take the ultimate step and create an indie label that could do for modern day NZ bands what Flying Nun did in their hayday. With so much talent here, there's no doubt in my mind that sooner or later someone will give it a shot and succeed.

What's your favourite place to play?
Hard to say, as to date we haven't played that many venues, but so far the clear winner by a mile has to be Camp A Low Hum. That festival was the best time I've had in years, and there's no doubt in my mind that we'll remember that experience for a very long time to come.

What was your favourite show?
The best show we played was the camp, as just mentioned. The best show I've seen here in NZ was Jakob playing at Creations here in Christchurch a few weeks after I arrived in New Zealand in 2004. That gig blew my mind straight through the vents.

What is your recording process?
I feverishly record new ideas onto my laptop, start messing with the songs, and then when they are about 95% done, I'll take another year to finish them, only to realize that I liked them better the way they were a year before.

What's been your best recording experience?
Recording with my old band in Chicago at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio.

What's been your worst recording experience?
I feverishly record new ideas onto my laptop, start messing with the songs, and then when they are about 95% done I take another 3 years to finish them, only to realize that they are terrible, always has been, always will be. This happens all the time, and it's really heartbreaking to get over these sort experiences and keep working on new material.

Favorite radio show/station?
RDU and National Radio were the only stations of the one's I could get reception for that I really ever managed to listen to without getting into a car crash, and unfortunately, now that I have no car, I also have no radio.

That having been said, I'm extremely grateful to all radio stations that actively promote NZ music that doesn't have major label backing. It's a real cliche, but without them bands like us would have no chance at getting heard, and at the end of the day, if you spend your life putting every bit of your heart and soul into the music you make, and no one bothers to play it, then it can be tough finding the motivation to keep trying. Thankfully, New Zealand probably has some of the most supportive and independent radio stations in the world, so there's no cause for filling out a Night-and-Day applications quite yet...

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