Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Connor- We have a few things going on before we settle down for the year. Our latest music video for “Listen” has just been released and we have a kinda post-release show next Friday (08.11.19) at Stay Gold in Brunswick for it. We’re supporting our old friends Elusive on their album release. After that we head back into our rehearsal space to finalize several of our new tracks, with plans to hit the studio in mid-late December for recording, mixing and mastering. We begin filming for the next set of music videos mid-Jan and then the songs will be released throughout 2020.
How long has the band been together?
Connor- Shit, Its been 4 beautiful years already lol.
What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Emma (Leith’s girlfriend)- I’m not in a band Leith- Connor needed a bass player and I wasn’t doing anything at the time so I was like “hey… I’ll play bass yeah?”
Connor- I was at a pretty low point, didn’t really have much in the way of a career and was kinda just wasting but I’d always written songs. So I was doing my own thing for a bit but that sucked and my dad was like “Hey you’ve got some great songs, why don’t you start a band it’ll be fun.” That was it really.
What is your music background?
Connor- Oh Coheed for sure Leith? Leith- Yeah Coheed Paul?
Paul- Yeah Coheed Tim? Tim- I seriously hate you guys so much, I’m a huge fan of Coheed and Cambria, Brand New that sort of style. These guys just listen to shit.
What image do you think your music conveys?
Connor- Live, our music is fun, we’re engaging and love getting people involved. If you’re pumping our debut “We Used To…” though, then that’s about all aspects of communication.
What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Paul- I definitely want my whole body covered in tattoos, oh wait for music goals.
Connor- We have a heap of music that we’re planning to release over the next few years. We have some great music video ideas which we can’t wait to start working on and we want to bring out some new merchandise as well.
Tim- We’re also going to start doing our own headline shows again, we have heaps of cool ideas that we want to try out with that side of things.
What are your long-term career goals?
Connor- eventually take over the world, I’d really like to work out the combination on our controllers to activate the “Godmode” cheat, that’d be nice.
It would be wonderful to get to a level where our music was looking after us all financially. It’s a tough old game as they say.
Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Connor- Both have good aspects, playing live is definitely a lot of fun, getting people engaged and involved is like our thing. I do love the studio though because of the creative side that comes into it, especially when you are working with experienced professionals (David Carr from Rangemaster). What I don’t like however is that good studio time costs an arm and a leg. Leith- Playing live for sure. The studio hears all your mistakes, live you can just act like something went wrong and then tell the crowd Connor fucked up.
What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Connor- Our album “We Used To…” is themed around all aspects of communication, however most of our newer songs are about personal development.
Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Connor- Many! One particular time, on tour, Tim tried to run from the cops because we were playing beer pong in a public place (we often have challenges with other bands)-
Tim- This was a public place assured by one of our promoters Bryan Harriot (Unanimously) that “Cops never come here”. Connor- Well they did and basically Tim came up against his arch-nemesis…
Paul- A fence.
Tim- I hate you guys
Leith- You shoulda seen him try to climb it. Connor just grabbed all the cups with all the alcohol and threw it in the esky.
Connor- I thought I could save some, you know to drink it out the esky and stuff
Paul- He thought right. The cops literally pulled in, saw us all flip out, watched Tim struggle with the fence and probably had a little chuckle to themselves and then drove off. We didn’t even get a warning lol.
What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Paul- We played a house party once and a mum of one of the fans said that she’d have us all at the same time…
Connor- I requested Paul get a tramp stamp tattoo. Leith- Yeah and her kids were right there and she kept telling us that our manager was hot. Tim- Good party though. There’s some film of that around somewhere.
Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Connor- I think all of us have pretty supportive families. When it comes to that side of things we’ve taken and paid back our fair share of loans from the banks of mum and dad.
What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Connor- Listen and Raindrops for sure. Paul- Raindrops and De-icing My Car Tim- Colourful Things and Listen. Leith- Raindrops and Can’t Stop Us. Connor- Fuck you so much Leith I hate that song.
Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Connor- Many bands and artists rebelling, telling good stories, making good points and making good music have always been a big inspiration for me. Jim Morrison, The Who, Augustana, Paramore, John Mayer, Allday, The Getaway Plan, The Maine, Yes, Kisschasy, Powderfinger, British India, The 1975, All Time Low, I could really go on forever. Paul- Mike Portnoy. His ability to take a song and make it his own and do something completely different to what he’s played before whilst playing it live caught my attention, and I’ve been trying to do that my own way ever since. And his stage presence was something I’d never seen before and ever since I’ve loved his work and bought/listened to anything and everything he’s ever put out. Tim- For me it would be Blink 182 purely ‘cause it was not only fun to listen to, it was fun to watch them play. It made me want to pick up a guitar and do the exact same thing. Leith- Linkin Park, just simply loved the music and that made me want to start playing.
If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Connor- That’s a good question.
Paul- All Time Low, Maine, One More Weekend.
Connor- One More Weekend, The Maine, Augustana reunion and Powderfinger reunion.
Leith- Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, One More Weekend.
Tim- All Time Low, OMW, you only need two bands.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Paul- So far? My stick endorsement with Bigsound. Connor- He’s talking about his drumsticks and cymbals again… Besides perfecting our live shows, buying a tour bus and producing good music and interesting music videos, I’d have to say getting a distribution deal from our debut release is our greatest accomplishment.
If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Connor- We actually all work full time as it is so, we basically have 2 jobs. I’m pretty damn sure that if I wasn’t in the band I’d probably be into art or game design, definitely still something creative.
What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Paul- Pots and pans and lots of big sound sticks and cymbals.
Tim- PRS guitar and a Line 6 Helix through a JBL speaker.
Connor- A couple of Telecasters through a Line 6 Helix and JBL speaker.
Leith- Fender Aerodyne Bass and a Roland Cube amp.
What do you think of the current music scene?
Connor- It’s really tough to break through these days. Whilst social media and the internet have opened things up a little, the costs are still horrendous. Promotion and advertising can really suck the bank dry and its difficult to know where to put your money and who to put your faith in these days. It can sometimes feel like if you aren’t a part of ‘the family’ or inner circle if you like, then you have to create your own and that’s what we’re trying to do. Create our own momentum through working damn hard. 150 shows in 3 years and still counting, hopefully, eventually they’ll have to come to us. We will grind them down.
For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Paul- I was once a Wizz at guitar hero 3 back in the day. Leith- I make the best pina Coladas. Connor- I can’t read sheet music and I originally wanted to be a soccer player.
Tim- Well nobody knows that I was amazing at Guitar Hero 3, much better than Paul.
If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Connor- We’re a strong mix between The Foo Fighters, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Blink 182 and The Maine.
Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Connor- To our fans I say as always, without you we are nothing. Tim- Guys, next show you gotta ask Paul how to smoke a salmon!
Connor- Cheers and thanks so much to yourself and everyone at XS Rock for the interview. Means a lot 😀
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