What is your local scene like?
The local scene for the alt-country folk in Melbourne is great. Heaps of places to play and a lot of punters keen to treat their ears. It’s a very collaborative environment, with everyone helping each other out. Having a great selection of community radio stations, with devoted country programs helps as well.
What is your favourite track to perform live?
From a selfish point of view, our latest single The Widow, has always been great to play from day 1, even prior to recording. Big fat chords, a great groove and a sweet solo gets my toes a tapping. From a band point of view, we nearly always close our sets with a song off our first EP, Wreck, which always hits that sweet spot.
Care to give us a gear rundown?
We’ve been very lucky in our band in collecting some great gear along the journey. I play through a very rare 1963 Vox AC30 which I run through a custom box using Celestion Blues Breaker speakers. PJ has an almost as rare 1965 Vox AC30 with matching cab which he got for a steal. Throw a bunch of USA made Fenders, including Dave’s bass, from the mid 60s to the mid 70s in the mix and that’s our sound. Dazzy’s kit is the one he’s had from when he was a teenager, a silver pearl number that is just like him, a sexy sexy beast.
What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?
My first song sounded even worse than its title suggests. It was called “Oh Baby”. I don’t remember how it goes but I remember being embarrassed about it almost immediately. That song would never leave my fingers again.
What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?
We’d love to play Out On The Weekend. A celebration of alt-country, generally with heroes of ours from overseas on the bill. One day…..
How was your high school experience? Were you in a band?
I was in two bands. One in year 11 called “The Tightrope Sledgehammers” and in year 12 called “Freddy and the Fudpuckers”. The guitarist in the Sledgehammers actually played in a previous band PJ and I were in for many years after school. The drummer in both of them and I still keep in contact also.
Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?
At our most recent EP launch, we had Ash Naylor get up on stage and play a song with us, who has been a guitar hero of mine for ages. He took the solo and man, it was both awesome and terrifying. Awesome for how good he was and terrifying in how far I need to go to catch him. He’s one talented dude.
What was your first ever favourite song?
Come Together by The Beatles. I remember hearing that for the first time when I was about 5 and didn’t know what to think. I sure dad was sick of all the twee crap I was listening to at the time and decided to blow my mind by playing it – it worked.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
There’s a song on our album called “Strange New World” and that is the one our bass player at the time, called “Slacker Country”, which we have used to call our sound ever since.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
We’re on all the streaming services or if you want a CD, hit us up on our Facebook page and we’ll get you one.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Michael Meeking and the Lost Souls, The Barebones and The T-Bones. All so, so good.