XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Jay: We released our debut album, “This Side Of Hell” via Pavement. The first video, “Down In The Dirt” is out on Youtube and that single is getting picked up by lots of radio stations . We have just announced an Australian tour and will be announcing tours for Europe and the U.K soon and looking at US dates so a lot going on!
D.A: The next few months are gonna be massive for us. We’ve got This Side Of Hell out on the 25th of Jan, Our album launch on the 2nd of Feb at the Woolly Mammoth In Brisbane, kicking off our Aus/NZ tour, our super secret project later in May, and we’re working on 2 international tours. And that’s not even including my day job as a stripper. I’m gonna be busy, busy, busy.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Jay: Since the end of 2014.
Stacii: We formed in November/December 2014 is my best guess. Played our first gig in March 2015.
D.A: Snake Bite Whisky formed some time in 2014 I think, to be honest it’s all a bit hazy.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Jay: To get laid.
Stacii: Growing up watching my mates band and the adrenaline and fun they showed me, I wanted to try and give that same feeling to others.
Ace: Playing in a band is a lot of fun, and it’s very much something that you can ‘pass the torch’ with – you don’t even have to be overly successful or something, to be able to affect someone to a point where they could see or hear you or your band and want to go out and get their hands on an instrument themselves!
D.A: I always thought playing guitar would get me laid. Turns out it does but you’ve gotta be playing shows. So here I am.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Jay: I’ve sang in bands in South Africa and the U.K most recently JackViper in London before getting the Snakes together.
Ace: I can play a few instruments, and I have been playing for about 12-13 years.
D.A: I started learning a weird combo of Blues and Thrash Metal when I was a teenager, still love both styles.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Jay: Hardcore sleaze rock! We are our own animal, we don’t sound like anyone else. We aren’t a copycat sunset strip band we are a modern sleaze rock band.
Stacii: Just a pack of dudes out to tear it up and have a loose night.
D.A: Our music is a balls to the wall party. It’s meant to be fun, I doubt we will ever be performing for high society.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Jay: To take the album as far it can go, get it out there and let people know that there is a new generation of great heavy rock. And tour as many places as possible.
Stacii: Mainly just to play as many gigs as possible too as many people as possible.
D.A: I’d really like to make my stripping and human pin cushion performance a hobby and focus on music full time.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Jay: Hard one! I love the songwriting process and seeing the end product but playing live is like heroin, it’s just so addictive!
Stacii: Definitely live to an audience. Writing is fun and all but being out there with everyone is so much more fun.
Ace: For me, that’s a tie! Because both are appealing and lots of fun in their own ways!
D.A: Writing is great, making something new that has a chance to really connect people is awesome. But playing live is where it’s at. It’s a shot of adrenaline and insanity, nothing like it in the whole world.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Jay: Sex and booze mainly! Haha! I write lyrics about experiences I’ve had or been around so whilst a lot are about the sleaze rock lifestyle some are deeper like “Ain’t Dead Yet” which is about me surviving a near fatal heart attack and “Another Day” which really is a song about perseverance and not giving up.
Stacii: The important topics in life ya know. Drinking, Fucking, Rocking! Haha! It’s all about the DFR.
D.A: Man… D. F. R.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Jay: Knowing that something you wrote makes touches somebody in some way..
Stacii: A good bar rider.
Ace: Writing/playing what’s genuine/real and appealing to me, and not playing to impress someone else/doing things because they’re popular.
D.A: Energy is where it’s at. You’ve gotta be technically competent. But I’d take a band that gets into it and creates a right ruckus over even the most technically gifted musos in the world.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Jay: Haha! There’s a lot of crazy shit that goes on. Ya know we are a real rock n’ roll band who like to drink and party. Guys passing out on hotel lobby floors, getting wheeled into a hotel in a wheelchair cause they can’t walk. Crossing borders covered in illicit substances, fighting with fuckers who think they can fuck with us..oh! wait, that last part is just me. Yeah! I don’t think we have enough space here.
D.A: Damn man yeah there’s a few, I dunno if we’ll have word count for most of em though. Crossing the border from Tijuana to San Diego covered in Columbia’s finest was pretty reckless in hindsight, and I got to throw up a bunch of shots into the drain next to the whisky a gogo, that was pretty fun, they were good sports about it. I guess I wasn’t the first.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Jay: I can’t recall anything really strange maybe we are just not easily shocked.
D.A: I had a dude try and have a conversation with me while I was mid set once, It’s cool, I like talking to strangers but I’m too polite to ignore someone, so it really stretched out the gap between songs.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Stacii: Absolutely, they are just happy I’m doing something productive and not just living in a caravan drinking as I originally planned!
Ace: 10000%. There’s much worse ways to spend your time.
D.A: I’d say more supportive than they probably should be, I imagine I’m a bit of a pain in the ass.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Jay: Know what you want to do, get a plan and stick to it. Fuck the haters believe in yourself, practice and be aware it takes time.
Ace: Be honest, and unmerciful.
D.A: Just get out there and play as much as you can, you’re gonna suck for a while but sucking is the first step towards being sorta good at something.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Jay: “Shoot You Down” and “B.A.M”.
Stacii: I’d have to say at the moment it’s “Last Man Standing”, “Spin” and “B.A.M”.
Ace: “Comes Around” and “Spin”!
D.A: “B.A.M” and “Last Man Standing”, absolute blast live, “Let’s fuck” is always fun too, and it’s got a big chunk where I can play it one handed which means I can have a beer.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Jay: Guns N’ Roses for sure. When I heard “Appetite” for the first time I was like’ “Fuck! That’s what I want to do!”
Stacii: If it’s bands that made want to perform then I’d have to say L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, W.A.S.P they are the kinda bands that made me want to perform live.
Ace: Too many to name, but first one off the top of my head…Aerosmith. Why? Because to this day, they still play their asses off. Biggest props to Steven Tyler. To be SEVENTY years old and still sing like that!?!?! Absolutely phenomenal.
D.A: Airbourne, Megadeth and Motorhead three bands that come to mind as putting on shows that really impressed me and made me want in on it. Alice Cooper was a big one too, nobody puts on a show like Alice, but I was already playing when I saw him live for the first time.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Jay: Guns N’ Roses, Faster Pussycat, Beautiful Creatures and if Lemmy was still alive, Motorhead. The Wham,Bam, Thank You Ma’am tour!
Stacii: Alice Cooper, L.A Guns and Us, I could die happy then, haha!
Ace: Uhhhhh……Skid Row and Van Halen!
D.A: I’d love to tour with Rob Zombie they put on a hell of a show, and L.A. Guns would be badass too.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Jay: The album because it’s the culmination of everything we’ve worked on the last few years and I’m immensely proud of what we’ve put out and it kicks major fucking ass!.
Ace: In an era where record labels have long since stopped taking on bands – to have the opportunity to release an album properly, is a huge accomplishment …And a big shout out to everyone over at Pavement who helped us out and gave us the platform to release our debut album “This Side of Hell”…. I am (we all are) extremely thankful.
D.A: With out a doubt “This Side Of Hell” is the biggest thing I’ve ever been part of. The album absolutely rocks, it has all our blood, sweat and beers, it is my egos swinging cock.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Jay: Celebrity chef!
Stacii: Anything with animals if I was to pick otherwise.
Ace: I’d be a pilot. I’m always flying as it is haha!
D.A: I guess either Pimp, Pirate or Astronaut.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Stacii: BC Rich bass and Randall amps.
Ace: A real drum kit (no programming/samples).
D.A: I’m a big fan of Diamond guitars, they look sweet, play great and sound awesome, and if they felt like hooking me up with some free shit I wouldn’t knock it back.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Jay: I think it’s an exciting time again in rock. There are a lot of quality bands coming through and the scene as a whole is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Really feels like some bands are gonna break through soon.
Stacii: The scene over here isn’t that flash. We’ve got some good bands over here but can be hard to get people out to shows.
D.A: The scene is great right now, Rock’n’roll is really having a good time. There are so many awesome bands, and people are so sick of the pop travesty, that Hip Hop and Rap have become, The pendulum is swinging back our way.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Jay: I’m a comic book nerd.
Ace: I have many leather-bound books. And my apartment smells of rich mahogany.
D.A: I think people will be surprised to know that I’m not short I’m actually 6ft I just look short cause Stacii and Ace are lanky bastards and they always stand next to me in photos.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Jay: First of I just want to say thank you to all our fans their support means everything to us and if you haven’t go and buy or stream the album, you will not be disappointed!
Stacii: G’day mates!
Ace: Many thanks for all the support so far, pick up a copy of the album if you haven’t, and stay rocking!
D.A: Yeah come to our shows and buy the Album, Follow us on facebook/instagram we will update you with everything coming up.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Jay: Thanks for chatting with us!
Ace: Thank you so much man!