HTRK are three people – Jonnine Standish (vocals, percussion), Sean Stewart (bass, programming) and Nigel Yang (guitar, synthesizer, programming). Founded in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia they have since relocated to Berlin to explore the full potential of their sexy gritty midnight sound. This is the music to slip into after the twilight songs of The Organ and before the painful break-of-dawn with Come.
They have released only a few albums to date, the Nostalgia EP, a 12″ featuring Ha b/w Panties and the latest release, the LP Marry Me Tonight, out now on Blast First (Petite). Catch them this spring opening for Yeah Yeah Yeahs across Europe. Preview the track “Shoot You Up” below.
I met up with Jonnine, one night in the Kreuzberg (of my mind) and she told me some things…
JW: What is one of your favorite sounds and what does it mean to you?
JS: One of my favourite sounds is a cat purring in my ear, it’s the best sound I can imagine. It makes me go fuzzy.
JW: Tell me about one of your most cherished records and why it is so important to you.
JS: An album I cherish is Teenage Snuff Film by Rowland S Howard. It reminds me of fast times and hot nights in Melbourne.
JW: Who is a woman that has inspired you in your life, musically or otherwise?
JS: Grace Jones as a kid and more recently Sasha Grey.
DOWNLOAD: HTRK – Shoot You Up