What is your favourite track to perform live?
At the moment, it’s a song called Smash off our first album. We stopped playing it for about a year but then people kept requesting it so we had to bring it back. I think its my favourite because its probably the fastest and we play it last so I can just let loose. Can’t wait to start playing a song called Mitimiti off the new album live though, its my favourite song we’ve ever written and super fun on drums.
Care to give us a gear rundown?
I have a pretty minimal drumkit, no rack tom, only one crash/ride (Istanbul are my fave). Nicole uses a Commodore guitar, which were handmade in the 1960s by some guy in a garage in New Zealand. That’s split into guitar and bass amps. When we’re at home in NZ we use custom made Orchard’s, but we’re not at home very often!
All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?
At the Camp A Low Hum festivals in NZ they did a thing called the Noisy Room which was usually a campground hall type thing, but the band set up in the middle of the room, so you could watch from any angle. With the already good vibes of the festival it made sets next level. And the sound was still good. But our favourite room has gotta be old Black Wire Records at 219 Parramatta Rd, because of the community around it.
Are there any band photographers that you’re into and would love to be shot by?
Our fave is ZK Photo in Sydney! He’s been taking great pics and vids of bands I love around Australia for years, probably the live videos I watch the most. I even hired him to come over and photograph the festival I put on in Wellington last year called Sad by Sad South. Other faves are Peter Cahill, Ngamihi Pawa and Blink.
How was your high school experience? Were you in a band?
It was…alright. I grew up in small town New Zealand so that was the prevailing vibe. I was in a classic rock band (yikes) and we used to get bullied by the jazz-fusion kids who were like the popular music kids, which is a pretty funny situation in hindsight as both genres are pretty dorky. Nicole was in a dance-punk band in high school that was quite popular and famously had a song about Wikipedia that the Wikipedia founder heard.
Not music related…. or a question, but we’d love to see and share an image of your pet/s…
Zuri like the song Zuri Gaffney.
What was your first ever favourite song?
I was pretty uninterested in music until I was about 12 when the angst came flooding in and Nirvana’s ‘You Know You’re Right’ hit that spot. Before that I mostly got into Backstreet Boys – Millenium (the first album I ever owned). But I didn’t really care about music until Nirvana. Honourable mentions to Avril – Complicated and Good Charlotte – The Anthem.
What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?
That would be No Front Fences 2 on Saturday just past! The best vibe and every band was wildly impressive. Haven’t decided yet but I think one of our favourite shows we’ve ever played? Also Paramore was pretty good.
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
Proudest moment – playing with our favourite band in the world at our favourite venue in the world – The Hotelier/Black Wire Records. Greatest achievement – the amazing close friends we have made in little pockets around the world.
Do you believe in the term ‘sold out’?
I think it’s outdated. The music industry is more complex and diffuse than it was in the past, as are ethical considerations. I think its still possible to make crass commercial choices that devalue your art, but so is making relevant commercial choices that engage people with your art.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
I still haven’t gotten over how good Prizegiving’s 2016 album No Harm Done was. I hope you didn’t miss our tour with them last year because they’re not a band any more 🙁
Moaning Lisa blew us away in Canberra last weekend, incredible harmonies, my pick for the next big thing.
I think Ted Danson With Wolves are working on something new and playing again (with us on Friday!), maybe Australia’s most underrated band? So intricate, incredible.