Warts and all Oz punk from the current Cosmic Psychos guitarist. For starters they’re good friends – known them for a long time and played with them back in the day. I’ve played in a band with John “Mad Macka” called the Egos who toured Europe. They play punk rock and roll but he’s got a very unique voice that I don’t think anyone sounds like. A very sort of black voice. There’s a lot of body to it. I just loved their sound and their looseness and their sense of humour – and not always sense of humour.
The Australian seminal rock’n’roll band. No one has ever sounded like them; that I’ve heard anyway. It’s crazy. They should be up there with some of the biggest seminal bands in the world. No one sounded like that at all – that Ian Rilen driving bass line and Steve Lucas’ screeching vocals and that great pounding beat that they got going. I used to go and see them a lot back in the day and it was very influential, the sound. It was so different.
I really like them on record. I’ve liked them for a long time. But I haven’t seen them live and enjoyed them that much. It always seems to be in the live situation there seems to be – maybe cut out 20 mins of feedback and play a couple more songs. They seem to be one of those bands that are a little too punk rock and don’t want to play the hits, which I always take issue with. People are paying to see your band – you should at least have a 50/50 rule where you’re playing at least 50% of the songs you’ve released a singles, rather than just taking that sort of arty approach of “Our music is sacrosanct and we’ll do what we want.” At the end of the day it’s an exchange.
Sun God Replica
This is my band so it’s a bit cheeky. We actually have recorded a new album, it’s just being mixed at the moment and I’m spending more time on this record than I’ve easily ever spent on a record. I’ve just spent so much time getting together a good batch of songs, whereas in the past it’s just been a case of “I’ve written enough songs exactly to go on an album.” So there’s elements of every record I’ve done that I’m not happy, but this time around it’s the first time I’ll be 100% happy with a record – apart from the new Meanies record too, which is a similar thing. It was taken from such a long time; all the songs are all gold.
Featuring Tom Lyngcoln from The Nation Blue and Harmony; Rui Perrera from Right! and Ex-Drones who adds another dimension to a band whenever he plays with them; and Thomy Sloane from Batpiss another great, great band – it’s a bloody supergroup. Real hard act to play after. So powerful with great hooks. We (Sun God Replica) were lucky enough to play with them at the Public Bar and unlucky enough to go on after them. Everything Tom Lyngcoln does is just next level. He’s got such a great ear for hooks and structure.
It’s Not Me, It’s You is out now via Poison City Records.
The Meanies Album Launch Tour
Friday October 2- The Tote, Melbourne
Saturday October 3- Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Sunday October 4- Crowbar, Brisbane
Friday November 6- Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Saturday November 21- River Rocks, Geelong
Friday December 4- Amplifier, Perth
Saturday December 5- Hyfest, Wollongong