Watch the video for ‘UNOMI’ below.
Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?
Yes, actually! We were one of those bands that had all met each other through our own previous projects back in 2012/2013. I used to be in a more straight forward Pop-Punk sort of group called Minus Nine (awful name, I know – but eh, we were young idiots who loved Blink-182, Sum 41 and +44 a little bit TOOOO much haha).
By gigging with Minus Nine throughout Brisbane, I met Beej via his band Junkyard Diamonds (very cool blues-tinged jam-heavy Grunge) and Patty via his band Dead Wolves (Pretty much Brisbane’s answer to Dillinger Escape Plan, mixed with Converge).
What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?
I’m the youngest in my family and had gotten into music heavily at a very young age – Thankfully, my older brother was a big influencer on my taste. He got me into artists like Blink-182, Silverchair, The Offspring, Jebediah, Limp Bizkit and a tonne of others – I honestly think you can probably hear a little bit of all those artists in my writing style to this day.
Plus, when I started learning guitar, I pretty much learnt every single song in Blink, Nirvana, The Offspring and Red Hot Chilli Peppers catalogues. If you see how I play guitar and go to write, I think it’d be pretty evident that I’m just as influenced by Tom DeLonge as I am by John Frusciante. Which, is a strange combo in itself.
What streaming sites do you think offer the most value to a band?
Spotify and Apple Music are great for just gaining new users, but the monetised aspect of both those platforms could be a lot more generous/beneficial to artists. Although given their maaaaaassive playlist followers and the power of their curators, it can end up making up for the difference in payment, really.
As pretentious and annoying as their whole launch and whatnot was, Tidal has a pretty good pay to play ratio.
But then again, I haven’t looked in a bit and I’m sure as heck not gonna Google something for an interview, because well, that’s kinda disingenuous right? I don’t know, mate.
Have you ever tried to learn a new instrument or technique and just flat out failed at it?
After like, 5 years of (not really) practicing, I just cannot get sweep picking. Or at least nothing more than a 3 string sweep, I’m way too clumsy for them 4 string and beyond sweeps. Fuck sweeps.
All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?
The Tivoli and The Triffid are easily the two best rooms I reckon we have played. But with that being said, we haven’t played a crapload of rooms.
Both venues have amazing stages, amazing sound, amazing gear, amazing green rooms and showers – But The Tivoli had shampoo and conditioner in their shower when we played, plus a complimentary towel – So it technically JUST wins by default.
There’s a full 80s/90s pop culture and music resurgence happening right now, are you into it?
Kind of – Every decade can look appealing or be romanticised (to some degree) when looking in hindsight. I’m just holding out for super baggy denim, wallet chains, Fat Globe Shoes and spikey bleached tips to come back, tbh.*
*not really, that was the worst
Are there any band photographers that you’re into and would love to be shot by?
Matt Walter, Matt Weston, Kane Hibberd and Ian Laidlaw are bloody amazing.
But I always gotta give it up to our current main man, Luke Henery. He’s a ledge.
What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?
The first ever song I wrote was about an Action Man figurine when I was 8 years old and the only other detail I remember, is that it had a lyric where I questioned “who the heck is Darren Hayes?”
I guess I just didn’t know Savage Garden at the time. Safe to say, this song has not yet made it onto a release.
Without invoking genre, describe your music…
Large Pepperoni Pizza
Add Buffalo Sauce, Parmesan, Garlic Sauce and Spring Onions.
Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?
Our first ever big support slot was with Violent Soho, who were my local heroes at the time. I’ve since grown less fond of their tunes as I age but they’re still amazing people and that is still one of my best gig experiences.
Favourite Simpsons episode? Discuss.
Marge vs. the Monorail OR 22 Short Films About Springfield.
Both of those episodes are deadest classics with so many amazing lines/scenes.
Who would play you in a movie about the band?
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
For fans of early Strokes, Car Seat Headrest and Tom Petty. This band recently released their debut album and it’s full of terrific garage indie vibes and neat one-liners.
One of the most consistent new bands in AUS and probably one of our best live acts. Seeing this band live should be on everyones bucket list, in my opinion.
Easily my favorite musical group of the past few years. There’s seriously not enough people in Aus who know of them and I’m trying to spread the word haha – one QnA at a time. Listen to their albums Elephant Eyelash, Alopecia and Eskimo Snow – You won’t regret it.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I wish FOX didn’t cancel Arrested Development early, because if the ending of Season 3 wasn’t rushed then that shit would’ve turned out even better than Season 2. But god dammit all we ended up with was a lame vague ending to S3 and the mediocre S4. I really hope the new season is good because I love that show so much.