Episode five of Turning heads features a chat with Melbourne musician Liam “Snowy” Halliwell. Liam's band, Snowy Band, released its first album, Audio Commentary, in March 2020.
Liam's originally from Wagga Wagga in rural NSW, which is where he met all of his band mates from The Ocean Party. Together with the members of The Ocean Party – a six-piece indie pop band – Liam relocated to Melbourne in the early 2010s and embarked on an incredibly fruitful period of songwriting, recording, releasing and performing.
The Ocean Party put out a minimum of one album per year dating back to at least 2012. On the sidelines, Liam was making music as Snowy and playing in bands like Ciggie Witch, No Local, Jade Imagine and the Emma Russack band.
The Ocean Party came to a really sad, tragic end when in 2018 co-songwriter, drummer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist Zac Denton suddenly passed away at the age of 24. The band decided not to carry on without Zac and Liam took a moment to retreat and come to terms with the death of his close friend.
The retreat eventually gave rise to the songs on Audio Commentary. The Snowy Band lineup also includes Emma Russack (guitar/BVs), Dylan Young (Way Dynamic; drums/BVs) and Nathalie Pavlovic (Dianas; bass/BVs).
We spoke about Liam’s history of prolific music-making, his reflections on The Ocean Party, what it was like growing up in Wagga Wagga and the validity of savage music criticism.
Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.