'Anthem For The End Of The World' is the third release from Sydney melancholic strummer Huck Hastings' forthcoming EP.
The track, which was produced by Tim Carr (Matt Corby, Julia Stone) and features backing vocals from Ainsley Farrel, explores the bushfire dystopia and questions of existence through delicate and honest lyrics.
"I like the idea of it being kind of apocalypse prom music," Huck says of 'Anthem For The End Of The World'.
This knack for thoughtfully penning his observations and wrapping them in an infectious folk-pop tune echoes throughout his recent releases: 'Hey Babe' and 'Soft - An Epilogue'.
Who is Huck Hastings… I'm just a guy who has a lot of thoughts and feelings, and I use my pen and my guitar as a means of working through the complicated parts of life.
I sound like... Those internal conversations you have with yourself when you are trying to understand how much responsibility to take in a situation. Also a prom singer.
My first gig was... At the Old Excelsior Hotel in Glebe (Sydney).
When did you settle on the name? I came up with the moniker Huck Hastings at a music festival when I decided to pretend to be someone else for a couple of days. I ended up finding it easier to really be myself with this new mask.
In the studio I usually... Drink too much tea, and have a great deal of fun.
If I could tour with anyone... It would be anyone who was a lot of fun. Maybe Better Oblivion Community Centre or Pheobe Bridgers.
Social media is... A tool.
My favourite app at the moment is? Instagram. I really dig art, and it's kind of like having your own personal art gallery to curate with a little reality TV show attached. Or Duo Lingo; working on my Swedish.
To date, my most embarrassing moment was the time... I have had too many. One time I was playing a Christmas show in a Santa outfit and at some point my pants found their way to the floor.
If you'll have me on your bill, all I ask is that the rider contains... I'm just a big fan of straight-up fizzy water.
The most scary scenario I've found myself in, was... I got hit by a car at my first high school party. The embarrassment very quickly surpassed the terror though.
What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be spokesperson of the band? Leslie Jordan.
Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party? Barack Obama, Kate Tempest and Patti Smith. They all seem radically empathetic.
If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? Cavalo Nero (tuscan kale) pesto pasta.
No matter the expense, send me a case of... Canned Diet Coke.
The last time I saw the inside of a gym was... Pre-COVID-19.
What's the one chore you dislike the most? Probably cleaning the oven.
Do you have any phobias... please explain? I find jelly to be incredibly unsettling. I can't look at it. I think something about the fact that it is neither liquid nor solid. It definitely seems sinister to me.
Would you ever partake in a reality show? I don't think so, but if I had to maybe 'Come Dine With Me'.
If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down? My housemates and I prank each other all the time, in a very slapstick kind of way. I once hid under the stairs for an hour waiting for my housemate to get home. She wasn't scared.