1. Growing Up
My first musical memories are pretty much of my dad blasting AC/DC and ELO on weekends. He doesn’t have a musical bone in his body but my mum used to teach piano. I never really took to the piano but managed to convince her to get me a drum kit.
Joe Strummer would certainly be up there for me. He openly admits he’s not the most accomplished musician but as a songwriter I think he was something else. We’ve all been smashing Justin Townes Earle for a while now. I don’t know anyone who tells a story the way he can.
3. Your Band
We are all pretty similar dudes. We grew up on punk rock and eventually all found a love for rockabilly, country, et cetera, so there’s never too much conflict when it comes to writing. For the most part we found each other growing up in a small town, you sort of became friends with every dude who was into punk rock just by meeting at shows and watching each other’s bands.
4. The Music You Make
We have a bit of contrast on each release. Half of the music we write is swung, showing our rockabilly influences, and half of our music is straight up punk or rock’n’roll. We often get compared to The Living End, but I like to think we are somewhere between The Stray Cats and Against Me! We have just released a new EP which was produced by Hadyn Buxton. We recorded it live to tape at Sing Sing in Melbourne. We’ve never done anything so difficult as a band. Hadyn was pretty hard on us when it came to finding a take that felt right for each song. Having said that, the satisfaction you get when you finally nail it is like nothing else we’ve ever had in the studio.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
Music is pretty tough these days. There is certainly no intention to make any money personally, but paying for records and tours out of our own pockets can sometimes be hard when you keep pissing your bosses off taking time off work. Having said that, there is nothing we look forward to more than piling in a bus and spending a day driving to a show. We have the best time and wouldn’t change it for the world.