Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)
Kat: I’m Kat and I play Bari Sax and I also manage this family of misfits.
Steph: I just went out to grab some snacks and got lost. These kind strangers took me in and gave me a pair of sticks.
Matt: I’m Matt, I’m the band mum. Come to me and I’ll give you emotional support. Also I play trumpet and compose music as Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra.
Gav: Ima sanger and a strummer, was once an uber fan who got the golden ticket. I also make musics under the moniker ‘Old Semeil’. ( Matt said it, why shouldnt I?)
How did the band start?
Gav: 2010… a time when flashmobs were mindblowing and Twilight co-stars Stew and Patts graced many a waiting room magazine. Fresh out of school, Louis and past member Jade were folking around on second hand bonjos and accordions, soon joined by Matt, obsessed with Gogol Bordello and world music. The ball rolled on and it grew from there, picking up a gardener, Greens councillor, scuba diver, horse rider and other strangelings.
How would you describe your band?
Kat: Fast. Loud. Loose. Fun. Food motivated.
Steph: Enthusiastic dancers. Sweaty. Food motivated.
Matt: At least three times more enthusiastic than the average band. Food motivated.
Gav: Ma Familia
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
Matt: Yonder Ruckus has stood the test of time and people really spark to it. But I quite love The Urchins of Svetlograd – it’s like a nice little fanfic of ourselves to ourselves by Louis.
Gav: We had this epic about a murderer who has to tell his mum what he did, and he gets into all kinds of trouble with satan, it was really wild and dynamic, but then our dream was shattered when Steph’s spotify weekly played a song called ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by some band called Queen from the 70’s or something, it was just too similar.
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?
Kat: I guess we play because we love playing together. You can pick up any instrument you like and go and play with whoever you like but in the end, if you don’t mesh and you don’t enjoy it, is it worth it? Also my sax is bloody big and heavy and and requires a really big lung capacity. So a lot of people usually go “yeah naaaaaah not worth it”
Gav: I just keep trying to morph into Mano Negra. It’s all been done, we’re just fully embracing the chaos (zone).
Where are people able to hear your songs?
Kat: We’re pretty much everywhere – Digital outlets like Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud have both our full length albums + singles. And then we’ve also in physical form with CD’s and Vinyls as well as our live show (the best way to listen to us in my opinion)
Gav: I pods, smart phones, lap tops etc, sometime live if they’re really committed, local Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ,
Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?
Kat: We sure do! We’re currently on tour at the moment for our latest single ‘Boondock’. We’ve just played our first three QLD shows and then early – mid November we hit Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne as well as our first trip to Tassie where we’ll play Hobart and Launceston. To top it off we’re playing Jungle Love Festival at the Sunshine Coast in QLD, then a secret show TBA for our home town Brisbane launch on Saturday December 9th.
Gav: I second that emotion.
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
Kat: I think getting nominated for a QLD Music Award this year was a pretty big honour for us. And playing to a sold out crowd at The Triffid for the Mondegreen album launch in 2015 also sits pretty high up there as well.
Steph: Sending ourselves on a tour to Japan was a pretty proud moment. Making it to every gig on time without getting (too) lost was a massive achievement.
Matt: I said I’d die happy if we toured Japan. It was truly a time. Thank you Kenta Hayashi for helping make it happen. You can see our video diary, which is incidentally the music video for our new single, Boondock.
Gav: Looking back I am so proud of our achievments, writing, recording, releasing original music, playing live shows to other humans, going on radio, being on TV, having our name on stickers, all the material stuff is fantastic, stuff I dreamed of as a kid in the country. But really having people say thank you, say that we made them feel something, gave them an experience, maybe made something positive in this world of ours, that gives me the feels.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Kat: WAAX, Eliza and the Delusionals and Oreskaband (Japan)
Matt: Old Semeil (that’s Gav’s solo project). Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra (that’s mine). Other, I’m not listening to too much in english lately – Tenzin Choegyal, Ohashi Trio, Shugo Tokumaru, Shiina Ringo, B Fachada, Oono Yuuki. But, I always have time for Erykah Badu.
Gav: Rivermouth ( still waiting on that album y’all..) The Banana Sessions (Scotland) Walkings (Japan)
Anything else you’d like to add?
Matt: You’re good enough. If you’d like some kind of advice in no way related to music, send me a message. My name is Matt Hsu and I have time for you. Also, enjoy the music you listen to, I bet you already are and it’s killer.
Gav: Persistence, nothing happens without commitment.