From howler monkeys to mangoes, just how tropical are High Tropics? We tracked them down to find out so you don’t have to…

After bursting on the music scene last year with debut single ’15 Years’, Australian garage pop band High Tropics haven’t looked back since. Having already attained over 200,000 streams on Spotify, the five-piece are set for a massive future.

Now fresh new single ‘Wait For You’ is making its way into our airwaves and sounding not too dissimilar to early offerings from The Strokes, we thought it was about time to find out just how tropical High Tropics really are…

Who would each of you be out of these tropical animals?

  • Manatee: a gentle giant who enjoys the warm and is mostly herbivorous
  • Sloth: a little slow and enjoys hanging upside down
  • Capybara: highly sociable and can hold its breath underwater for up to 5 minutes
  • Scarlet Macaw: striking, powerful and mates for life
  • Poison Dart Frog: small, colourful but toxic
  • Howler Monkey: famous for its loud howl which can be heard up to three miles away and has a keen sense of smell
  • Giant Anteater: has a long sticky tongue and can eat 35,000 insects per day
  • Praying Mantid: master of deception and mimicking, sharp eyesight and powerful limbs

Josh: I would either be a howler monkey or a sloth, maybe some sort of hybrid howling sloth. Jimmy and Chris would both be capybaras because that suits them to a tee. Pat would be a manatee, and Christian would be a Scarlet Macaw.

What tropical fruit would you recommend your fans to eat in preparation for one of your gigs?

  • Avocado: rich sources of monounsaturated fat that your body can easily burn for energy
  • Banana: helps regulate heart function and blood pressure
  • Coconut: helps protect the body from infections and viruses
  • Mango: maintains, or even improves, brain function
  • Papaya: helps protect your vision and is high in sugar
  • Pineapple: helps with bone strength 
  • Lychee: good for blood circulation and formation

I’d recommend our fans to include as many of the above choices as they can, not just in preparation for a High Tropics show, but more so for a better quality of life. I’d encourage them to order an acai bowl topped with pineapple, mango and a third fruit of their choice – with sprinklings of coconut and goji berries on the top… AKA the fountain of youth.

How would you describe the song writing process?

  • A cyclone – inward spiralling
  • A monsoon – can change direction at any moment
  • A flood risk – it’s just so emotional
  • Dry
  • Low-pressure

Most of the songs come from ideas and turn into bedroom demos and then if I feel like something grabs me once it’s tracked I’ll chip away at it until it’s a song. So probably an inward spiralling cyclone.

At which tropical forest would you play a gig?

  • Central America: famous for its large number of tropical birds
  • The Amazon: home to 1/5 of the world’s plants and birds and 1/10 of mammal species
  • Africa: contains areas of high cloud forest, mangrove swamps and flooded forests
  • Southern Asia: hot and humid, torrential monsoon rains and contains the largest area of mangrove forests
  • Australasia: dense and lush undergrowth, wet winds, and home to many different species of animal that aren’t found anywhere else.

High Tropics X The Amazon 2020.

What 3 items would you take to a tropical island?

IF I was stranded? Big ass boots so I don’t get bit by anything venomous. A fire kit so I don’t freeze to death (tropical islands can get COLD at night). Something for protection, maybe a hunting rifle or a spear.

‘Wait For You’ is available to stream and download on all major platforms now.