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Draw Me An Elephant: In Hearts Wake

We put In Hearts Wake's frontman to the test

We recently sat down with the In Hearts Wake frontman Jake Taylor to talk about haunted palm trees, Hell On Wheels and how awesome the Triwizard Tournament is.

What is your favourite smell?

"The smell of cooking food, probably olive oil, garlic and a bit of butter onion – that kind of that smell. It gets the senses going. Honestly, it’s such a good smell, it reminds you of an Italian family."

Do you have any phobias?

"I'm not afraid of heights. Spiders and snakes I’m coming to terms with and can deal with ha ha. Being dirty is alright. I like everything being organised, that’s not a phobia though – it's a little bit OCD. It’s good to be organised in this business I think."

If you were king for the day, what rules would you impose?

"It would be nice if everyone could have clean water and food, and healthy food. I mean it’s easier said than done, but that would be a nice thing to impose. Everyone should be able to have access to clean water, that’s pretty much the necessity of life. I mean, society’s functioning pretty well, there seems to be a system going, so it’s hard man, that’s a really hard question."

What is your secret talent or party trick?

"I don’t want to talk myself up but, I used to play soccer a fair bit when I was younger, so I’ve still got it, I’ve still got the football, as you British guys say, I’ve still got the football down. And I can easily skull quite a few beers, neck to neck, just get them down. That’s probably really the only party trick I really know ha ha ha."

Have you ever had a supernatural encounter?

"We went to these most haunted woods in the most haunted graveyard in Australia, it’s in the middle of South Australia. We went there – me, the tour manager and the band – it was like a full moon and it was cold. There was a really eerie feeling because there were graves there that were over 200 years old – which is old for Australia, because it’s a much newer colonisation. And the reason why it was so haunted was down to  this palm tree up on the hill. The palm tree l was apparently where a young girl was, I believe she was, murdered at thirteen, back when it was an orphanage. You’re not supposed to go up there, but we obviously did and we were walking through this sugar cane field up to this tree, and on the way you’d take one step forward and feel the temperature change completely. You take one step back and you could feel it just be three, four degrees different, so it was drastic. Everyone experienced it and that was really eerie. When we got to the tree there were a couple of scratch marks in the tree and it felt like there was a disturbance in the area, if that makes sense. You could feel that."

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