High Five! from Hailer
Myths about Australia: Busted!
At the end of the day, Hailer is Australian through and through, and they’ve laid out their top five myths Americans have about Australia below. Drummer Scott Spence says, "These are all things Americans have asked us about Australia -- seriously." Lead vocalist/guitarist Phil Orr, guitarist Pete Beringer and bassist Gus McDonald make up the rest of Hailer. Time will tell if any myths they have about Americans will be busted when they tour the United States for the first time in September! Make sure to stick around and listen to their latest single, "Anyway I Can," after the jump.
1. We don't wrestle crocodiles.
"You can blame the late Steve Irwin for this one. Truth be told, crocodiles only live up in Northern Australia, much like gators only live in the South in the US. I’ve never wrestled a crocodile, and never seen one except in a zoo."
2. We don't ride kangaroos to work, or keep them as pets.
"This might not be a myth, but it’s an easy one to fool people with. There aren’t kangaroos in the cities here, but if you get out of the city they are everywhere. I hit one in my car once, it did a fair bit of damage actually."
3. I've never fried a shrimp on the barbie.
"Firstly, and most importantly, we call them 'prawns,'not shrimp. Secondly, most Aussies eat them boiled and cold, rather than cooking them on a BBQ … although that is delicious. They are also great in Chinese food, which was huge in Australia in the 90’s."
4. It snows in Australia; it isn't all desert.
"True story. It’s winter here right now actually, and the ski resorts are opening up. There are about 10 ski resorts in Australia, and their seasons run from Mid june - early October. Do not even consider coming here for snow though, it’s terrible in comparison to North America."
5. Australia is in the future.
"This one is actually true. Due to the international dateline, I can get on a plane at 9 a.m. on Monday in Sydney and arrive at 6 a.m. on Monday in L.A. Australians are acutely aware of this and take the 'butterfly effect' very seriously when considering international travel."
Hailer will tour the United States for the first time in September to promote their new album, Another Way. The album’s sonic undertones, pulsing rhythms and haunting melodies are clearly ready for the international stage, as they’ve already received college radio airplay at 110 stations around the U.S.