Speaking to alt-pop mainstay Jack Colwell, you wouldn’t know that he was a classically-trained composer who honed his chops at the Conservatorium High School in Sydney. With his love for the subtlety and simplicity of a well-crafted pop hook reigning supreme over years of studying twelve-tone serialism, Jack, together with his band the Owls, has become one of the country’s most beloved indie figures.
We kicked things off by discussing Jack’s recent gigs with former Killing Heidi frontwoman and now TV and radio personality Ella Hooper, and how the two came to meet and form such a close bond – a story that needs to be heard and which involves Homebake, a dumping, a VIP area, New Zealand songstress Kimbra, stolen rider food, and $10 for a sandwich.
Jack then opened up about the influence of Ella on his own musical journey, which likewise tied together a series of uniquely antipodean references. “When I first met Ella that very fateful day at Homebake, I was pretty starstruck, because when I first started learning bass guitar as a nine or ten-year-old kid on the Northern Beaches, I remember saving up all my money and going to buy Reflector at Big W, a very rock and roll experience,” Jack tells us. “Weir and Mascara were some of the first songs I ever learnt.”