BROOKLYN indie rockers Here We Go Magic are looking forward to Splendour in the Grass.
It's the first Aussie music festival the band has played after a short, three-date club tour in 2010.
"All of our band musician friends who have done it love it, and every Australian person I've ever met says 'you've got to play Splendour'," said drummer Peter Hale.
"It's highly regarded, if not very well known, outside of the industry and natives. I've never heard anyone speak ill of it."
The five-piece is perhaps best known for its ties to Radiohead.
Front man Thom Yorke and long-time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich were seen rocking out to Here We Go Magic's 2010 Glastonbury show, with Yorke reportedly declaring them his favourite act of the festival.
A bit of a myth has built up around the story, but Hale describes the meeting as a "simple organic thing".
"We were playing a show that was sort of, I wouldn't say lacklustre, but definitely underwhelming," he said.
"Nigel and Thom were there really enjoying themselves and they were nice enough to come introduce themselves.
"Those guys are music people. They're not celebrities. They just want to talk about music. They're big dorks just like us, and they wanted to talk about how we made the record and the songs. They're really accessible like that."
Godrich went on to produce their latest album, A Different Ship.
It was a big step for the band, which started as a side project for lead singer Luke Temple, as they had always recorded and produced their own songs.
"We never really let anyone inside our little crazy bubble of the band," Hale said.
"He was the first person to get in. He's a real engineer and by that I mean he makes the recordings sound beautiful.
"He has certain tricks up his sleeve, but what you hear is the power of the sound when we recorded it.
"He works in real time, so we can have inspired ideas and he's able to capture them."
The band was certainly in safe hands with Godrich, whose long resume includes working on records by Paul McCartney, Pavement, U2, REM and Natalie Imbruglia.
"His vibe makes it so you can relax," Hale said.
"You don't feel like you're on the clock. I listen to the record now and I still hear something else I had either forgotten about or had not really noticed, a little Nigel touch. He's so subtle."
Hale said the band's Splendour set will be different to their club shows.
"When you're playing at a festival every song has the potential to be a new song," he said.
"We have to assume nobody is there for us. Everything we play is something new. That does free us up a little bit.
"We don't have to worry so much about meeting expectations."
Splendour in the Grass plays Belongil Fields in Byron Bay July 27-29.
Here We Go Magic perform on July 28.
For more information go to www.splendourinthegrass.com.
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