Hare Squead are living their best life, which just so happens to be the perfect plot for a blockbuster:

A rap trio from Dublin arrive at a haunted house in Ireland to record their next EP. They're following in the footsteps of Michael Jackson and Muse who also braved the thick cobweb. Surrounded by eerie antiques, they channel the energies surging through the 275‑year‑old stone structure and direct it into their latest music. End scene.

While the narrative may be biopic material, Hare Squead are only getting started. From melodic vocals assisting GoldLink for a cover of Outkast's 'Roses' to their breakout bounce on 'Herside Story,' the rapping tripod - consisting of Lilo Blues, Tony Konstone, and Jessy Rose - have garnered global buzz this past year. And now their mission is to maintain it.

This week, the trio are set to solidify their promising place with a headlining set at Birthdays in London ahead of the release of their latest EP Season 2, this Friday.

Tony. It's just you today. What are you up to without the boys?

Tony Konstone: I'm just enjoying the weather. It's really hot for Dublin. We're getting a bit of sun today. Normally it's raining but it's 25 degrees and beautiful.

It's been rainy in Toronto for a while. Why is this summer so backwards?

I know. All my friends from Dublin are in Toronto for the summer. They're there for like three months. They're missing out on this rare Irish weather. They're getting Irish weather in Toronto.

So, I guess I'll kick things off by congratulating you on your work. You guys are getting ready to put out the new project and I'm a fan of 'Pure.' Since it's raining, it's a good track to run right now.

Exactly. People are thinking that we planned the weather to curate the vibe for the song basically. Even though we dropped it in June. It is a cool rainy day song.

I was reading that you recorded that track in a haunted studio in a village in Ireland where Michael Jackson used to record. That sounds like the synopsis of a very lit movie.

It was not the most lit experience ever, because we were scared as shit. I think it's called Grouse Lodge and it's a really good studio where people really want to work. There's weird-ass paintings and spider webs and all this crazy shit. And then Michael passed away so obviously that's freaky as well. It was a weird place but we got enough of a good vibe to make some great music out there.

I'm super into thrifting and antique stuff so I would probably love it in there to be honest. What were some of the cool things you found?

I'm a Christian so it was odd to see so many Buddhist statues and things. There were so many bedrooms and I had this weird statue of a Buddhist monk sleeping right beside the bed. I was like, woah I don't need this thing waking up and coming alive halfway through the night. It was some crazy shit to me. But it wasn't too weird. I think the other guys were more freaked out than I was.

They're softer than you?

Yeah, definitely. I think I'm more of the hype guy.

So you recorded 'Pure' there. Are there other tracks we're going to hear on the project that were recorded in the same spot?

We did most of the project in there actually. All three songs were recorded in that studio and then we did post-production in London. 'Flowers' is more of an up-tempo summer song so that was recorded in there as well. I think the longer we stayed there the better we felt.

How long did you set up shop?

We were in there for like the whole week. About five or six days.

That's dope you were able to put an EP full of work together within that time.

Yeah, we were productive. We like to work really fast. It's usually whatever you're feeling. You've got to set a vibe and not limit yourself so you're able to do it naturally.

You guys are great writers. How did you start out with the pen?

I did used to write poetry. But, I don't know why I used to do this, I was such a weird kid but I would write out Eminem's lyrics and then read the raps out and stuff. And then I would start to see how he's structuring it, rather than just rhyming gibberish. That's how I was introduced to rhyme schemes and stuff. But yeah, I did write lyrics and then I started writing my own.

I did the same thing. In school, I would just sit in class and write lyrics all over my binders.

Yeah. Same. Why did we do that?

Because class is boring. Who cares about geometry?


Would you say you're an articulate person or do you express yourself better through writing?

Naturally, I wouldn't call myself articulate. When you see me in person, I might be slightly more reserved. But I am friendly, I just don't open up to everyone. I don't always know people's intentions.

You guys are paving your own lane in music right now. You're definitely the first Irish rap trio I've ever listened to. And you aren't shying away of existing in a genre-fusing realm. What's been your process of experimenting with that - your voices and melodies, as you come into your own?

Normally, people are a specific thing. Like a rock band is a rock band and a rapper is a rapper. But we like rock and soul and house and pop. And we try and mix it all together. It makes things interesting every single day. We don't like titles very much.

Where does the courage to be vulnerable enough to experiment with your voices and try things like singing and falsettos come from when you're all together recording? Do you tease each other?

Yeah, it's not even making fun of each other, it's giving each other the confidence to do it. Normally Jessy Rose is the singer of the band but I do have a little voice and they like how I sing naturally so they'll encourage me. Normally, I would be scared to sing but we've been pushing each other to experiment and try different things.

Is that what makes you guys better as a trio than three stand-alone artists at the moment?

Yeah. For the moment, it's working like that. We're a band. And that could push us to be brilliant solo artists in the future, that we've learned so much from each other that we've developed our own styles and ways of doing things as well. I do think that working together for the moment will help us be the artists we need to be.

Your new EP is out just now. How do you feel like you've grown since the release of your debut project?

I think, it's just a different vibe on this one. Supernormal was just a very bright vibe. This time, we're trying to show more than people have seen. Supernormal was a different pocket. There was a lot of rap and a quirky side as well. But there's more to us than that. We're trying a lot of new things and not just with recording, but production-wise as well.

And obviously your star has gotten larger. Is there a pressure now that you realize you're trailblazers and are really putting on for your rap scene?

I'm happy that people now get to see Ireland in a different way. I know that in a couple of years, there are going to be some crazy kids that are going to take what we did to a different level. I hope that does happen. Ireland is a very fresh country when it comes to music. We're hoping that what we're doing will inspire other people to try it too. Hopefully they breakthrough as well.