There are three places Oscar Dawson and Timothy Carroll wrote and recorded together over the last few years that led to the creation of Holy Holy and The Pacific EP. They let RUSSH in on these places here...
Treptower River: The winter I spent in Berlin was the coldest for a number of years and remained sub-zero for a few months on end. I think there were a few minus 20 days. When it gets that cold, the weather is so dry that it feels somehow different though. There is no moisture in the air whatsoever. This photo was taken looking from a rehearsal studio in Berlin. It is a place called the 'Funkhaus' (that doesn't mean 'House of Funk', it sort of means 'Radio Station') and is the building housing the former East Berlin radio broadcasting service. I am looking out toward Treptower Park on the other side of the river, which blooms into life in Spring and is incredibly lush during summer. The change is quite incredible.
Four Hands, Two Egos: Tim and myself. Either practicing for an incredibly complex piano part, or (more likely) compensating for a lack of expertise. In summer Brisbane can be brutally hot, and during takes there is a 'no air-con' policy - it hums and makes too much noise. As a result we have no choice but to disrobe.
Grandma's Place: Here is the live room at Grandma's Place. In the distance back there is Ry Strathie's drum kit. He plays this massive kick drum and it truly booms. Without him, nothing would be possible. At the very least, it would be completely different. We were lucky to be able to all inhabit this live room together for quite a lot of takes, which is incredibly valuable when recording - for both communication and for feel. A lot of the time you worry about the instruments bleeding into each other in that sort of situation, but the benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks, and in our case it enhanced the recordings significantly.