While Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin grew up as childhood friends on the Sunshine Coast they only came together as the dream-pop duo Geowulf recently. Since finally coming together in London the duo has gone from strength to strength and are now set to return home to Australia for their first-ever tour here.
Speaking to City Hub ahead of the tour Kendrick told us of the excitement for the upcoming tour, an element of regret concerning the formation of Geowulf, and future plans for the band in 2020.
Geowulf has been afforded the opportunity to return home to Australia thanks to the widespread success of their second album, My Resignation. Released in late 2019 the duo had actually been sitting on this record for close to 12 months, so they were incredibly anxious to set it free.
“We recorded the album in December 2018 but didn’t release it until October 2019,” explained Kendrick, “In the music industry, in particular, it can be all about timing so I was a little bit nervous but I also loved the album. So to hear that it got some love was a dream come true.”
As Kendrick, Banjanin and their touring band from the UK gear up for their debut tour of Australia the excitement levels are reaching a fever pitch.
“With this being our first tour of Australia it’s pretty special,” said Kendrick before continuing, “Some of our friends and family haven’t ever been to a show, so it will be nice to have them there. We’re also really looking forward to showing our band around our home as well.”
Perhaps the most intriguing chapter in the story of Geowulf though is their formation. Whilst Kendrick and Banjanin grew up together and both loved music they wouldn’t ever collaborate until later in life. According to Kendrick, “there’s an element [of regret]” about not starting sooner but they also wouldn’t change a thing.
“I spent a lot of years trying to work out what I wanted to do and who I was. When we eventually did come together I was writing about things that I was going through at that particular moment, which were very real, so I may not have been able to do that earlier and things were meant to be this way.”
Looking ahead to the show on Saturday Kendrick said fans can expect, “a show which is a bit more upbeat than the album… we try to have fun with it and a have a good time.”
Finally looking further ahead fans of Geowulf should be on the lookout for a new album as the duo are spending some time in country Victoria writing.
Feb 9. Lansdowne Hotel, 2-6 City Rd, Chippendale. $19.90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.thelansdownepub.com.au