Q&A: Kelly Hanlon of Tall Pines

Q&A: Kelly Hanlon of Tall Pines

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ÆTHER Sessions is “a bi-monthly ambient music night held in Brisbane, catering to genres like Post-Rock, Ambient-Electronica and any experimental, cinematic or primarily-instrumental music”. This Friday night, ÆTHER will be held at Brisbane’s Woolly Mammoth, and Session #6 will feature Tall Pines alongside Xana Chambers, post-dusk, and Balloons Kill Babies. Hot Chicks with Big Brains caught up with Tall Pines ahead of the event to find out more about how they came together as a band, and what they’re most looking forward to about playing on the night.

Can you tell me a bit about yourself, Tall Pines, and what you do?

My name is Kelly and I enjoy long romantic walks by the beach, nachos and Danzig memes. I also co-write, play guitar and sing in Tall Pines. Tall Pines is myself, Owen (guitar) and Cam (vocals & drums). We’ve been going for a little over a year now, and have just put out an EP ‘Munchausen’ back in March. Our music is best described as “grungegaze”: a mix of the fuzzed out gnarly guitars of the grunge era coupled with sweet reverb laden vocal harmonies reminiscent of shoegaze.

How did you first get involved in the music industry?

Tall Pines is my first proper foray into the music industry. I’ve been in bands before but nothing as organised and dare I say “professional”. And by “professional” I mean that we rehearse once in a while and gig once in a while. Tall Pines started through my friendship with Owen (of awesome Brisbane band Ghost Notes). We had always talked about starting a project together. It took some time for the ideas to materialise, but once we’d written a couple of songs we knew we were onto something good. When Cam (Spirit Bunny, Tiny Spiders, Ghost Notes, Tape/Off) thankfully came on board, everything was gravy.

What’s been the biggest challenge related to your career that you’ve had to face to date?

Tall Pines had a bad show early on, in which I had technical issues with feedback loops that were so high pitched and piercing the audience were clutching at their ears with their faces contorted in pain. It made for what felt like a very long and uncomfortable set, and I was so sure we’d be hit with a class action lawsuit for hearing loss afterwards (not even kidding).

Another challenge that I imagine most women in the music scene face to some degree is the occasional issue with guys who still seem to view the scene as a boys club. For example, sound guys asking my male bandmates about my guitar sound and setup when I am standing right there.

Other than that I’ve had a relatively easy time of it; I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Laughter.

What’s given you the greatest sense of achievement so far?

Every time I play a show without any major incidents I feel an amazing sense of achievement, and just getting through the day is usually cause for celebration and congratulatory back patting. Laughter. Seriously though, I feel really proud of the songs that we’ve written, and can’t wait to get them out into the world.

We have almost two records worth of songs sitting on the back burner, so I’m insanely eager to release them.

We should have our debut record out later in the year.

What are you most looking forward to about playing Aether Sessions this Friday?

I’m really looking forward to playing such a beautiful space. The organisers go all out in creating an atmosphere and mood, and it always looks fantastic. Also the line-up is bonkers and amazing, so I’m excited to be playing with Xana Chambers, post-dusk, and Balloons Kill Babies.


Answers by Kelly Hanlon of Tall Pines

Images by Jason Cahill

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Questions and Edits by Emma Kate Lewis

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