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Visible dongs, a debut EP and Christmas miracles: we chat with the naughty lads from Borneo

Jubilant Sydney five piece Borneo are back on the attack, ripping out new tunes with their eyes on one thing: a massive debut EP come 2017.

Once a staple of their live set, Hold Me In The River is a feel-good tune you wanna jump around to, jovial but dangerous like a good, splintery children’s playground. Before they round out the year with a select few festive gigs, we caught up with their frontman and guitarist Tim Pembroke to bump heads over their latest track, visible dongs and Christmas fun times.

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Underneath the sleek pop rock sound Borneo treads so well, they boast an even tougher trait to nail: an addictive silliness that hits the mark time and time again.

HAPPY: Congrats on Hold Me In The River getting out! Are you stoked with the way it came out?

TIM: The way it came out was like an adventure on a small boat travelling down a rocky ravine. We’re definitely stoked.

HAPPY: What’s the song about? Something about Zook?

TIM: The song is a tale of left and right and how parents shape and influence the core beliefs of their children. Zook is a character. He’s an alien looking at the people on earth saying “These Cretans are insane! They’re killing each other.”

HAPPY: You’ve been playing this one live for a while now right? Did the reactions you got influence the final track in any way?

TIM: We probably drank a few too many fresh pots before we recorded it, but I reckon we’ve captured a live energy. The song always gets a good response. People dance.

HAPPY: How’s next year’s EP shaping up?

TIM: It’s close. It’ll be our first EP – we’re pumped.

HAPPY: Which idyllic park did you take those hypnotic press photos in?

TIM: You mean the press photos where you can see our dongles? We can’t say – there’s a bounty out for the trespassers.

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HAPPY: The GD FRNDS bash looks too good to be true, looking forward to it?

TIM: The last time we played a GD FRNDS night it was a full house at Miami Shark Bar. Looking forward to much of the same – heaps of crew in terrible Christmas outfits.

HAPPY: Who on the lineup are you keen to play alongside?

TIM: Yes Sir Noceur!

HAPPY: How does Borneo usually celebrate December 25?

TIM: With our family’s listening to How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly. Wally who plays keyboards also loves wearing Christmas hats.

HAPPY: Apart from the EP, what’s going on with Borneo in 2017?

TIM: We’re touring New Zealand in January starting on New Years with Dave Weir and Arthur Ahbez then straight back into the studio for EP number two, more releases then a sneaky trip over the pond for Eurovision.

GD FRNDS are celebrating A Christmas Miracle on December 10th at Miami Shark Bar with Borneo, Wren Klauf and more. Don’t miss out – all the details you need are right here.

For more gigs, check out our gig guide to see what’s happening in your city.

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December 7, 2016

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