Does each member of the band have a nickname? If yes, spill them! If not, please make them up right now!
Gummy, Fat Ukrainian Arse, Mama’s Boy, Freshman and Marcus.
Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?
We started this band when I was 21 years old. Musically, I was pretty inactive before this. Eddie and Taras used to be in a band called Goddog and I saw them play once at the Annandale when I was just a boy. I thought Eddie had a really interesting voice with a lot of hurt and character in it. Years later we started the band and I met him for the second time and now we’re best friends.
All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?
The times that I’m most productive are times when I’m hungover or sick or generally just feeling pathetic. I think you’re less hard on yourself and ideas can flow better if you’re apathetic to the whole activity. You don’t really go “nah that’s shit” if that makes sense. I write really depressing lyrics that’s probably actually why.
What is your favourite track to perform live?
One off the album called Magic Bus. It’s a real obnoxious British rock and roll song that sounds like Oasis.
What is your local scene like?
It’s really fashionable to trash our city and say things like “the Sydney scene sucks” but you just sound like a knob when you talk like that and you bum everyone out. I think it’s doing alright there’s a few good venues where you can get down and watch a band for like ten bucks and get a Reschs on tap.
What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?
We all grew up listening to The Strokes and Oasis so i’d like to think there’s a lot of that in there. Taras is really into his full on pop music; he loves ABBA and NSYNC and Katy Perry so that’s where I think it gets mixed together a bit. Angus loves Slash so you’ll see the occasional face melter that he sneaks into songs.
What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?
Mt Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. If we could succeed anywhere I’d like for it to be Japan. It’s one of the last countries on the planet with a thriving CD industry. Plus me and Eddie really want to make Lulu Raes action figures and Japan also has the biggest action figure market.
Favourite Simpsons episode? Discuss.
The Mysterious Voyage of Homer. It’s the one where Homer challenges Chief Wiggum to a chilli eating contest and then gets lost in the desert and meets his spirit guide who is Johnny Cash in dog form.
Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?
We played a gig in the backyard of a pub in Sydney really early on and The Vines were headlining. Craig – the lead singer – stood to the side and watched our whole set. He came up to the stage afterwards and told me and Eddie that he was a fan and wanted to buy a CD but we hadn’t recorded any yet. He was a lot more chilled out and docile than I expected after watching that Letterman performance.
Not music related…. or a question, but we’d love to see and share an image of your pet/s…
That’s me and my dog Rustie. He’s named after the Scottish DJ because I watched him play at a festival and bought a dog the next day.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
I’m digging a Sydney band called Crocodylus at the moment. The singer’s been called the bogan Iggy Pop so that gives you a bit of an idea of the sound. I saw them play a few weeks ago and half the crowd got kicked out of the venue for crowdsurfing and a seccie got kicked in the head.
There’s mates of mine in a band called Majun Bu. I taught their bassist how to play bass when we were in high school and now he’s far, far better than me at it. Their gigs are really loose as well.
Johnny Hunter. These guys played a show with us a few months ago and we’ve got them on to do a couple more on our album tour. They’ve only got one song out so far but they’ll be selling out venues before the year is out.