STRANGE KARMA

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD WHICH WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Woodstock back in the day. That’s what inspired me Woodstock and Alawhite when I was a kid I watched it on VHS I wasn’t born then. Watching that sort of stuff inspired me to do music.

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED PLAYING?

Seriously I started late I was around 20 when I started song writing but I was toying with music. It was always around I never really took it seriously.

DID YOUR PARENTS INSPIRE YOU?

My parents inspired me, they sang they, played my dad played Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Mile on guitar and it rubbed off on me. I play guitar and piano and wrote songs on both instruments.

DO YOU ALL WRITE THE SONGS TOGETHER?

Predominantly I write the songs and my brother will come up with some killer riffs and some songs will come from there.

 

 

DO YOU WRITE THE BASS AND THE DRUM PARTS OR DO THEY WRITE THEM?

Jason puts his input on his drums, he’s very colourful with the drums and the bass player at the time would put his input on playing bass but the structure and the notes are pretty much there. They are putting their stamp on it, but the song is already done pretty much.

 

 

WHAT’S YOUR MUSIC WRITING PROCESS?

It’s simple for me and I think that’s what I should be doing. I shouldn’t be doing anything else, because it comes  naturally. I love it, I enjoy that aspect. The candle burning and no one around me just strum a couple of cords and I have this song and the band comes in, or Paul will come in and we will grow even further and it will be a volcano which you are about to see.

WHAT’S YOUR CRAZIEST FAN STORY?

When Paul and I were in the UK we were at Cardiff university and we had a heckler, heckling us so I started changing our lyrics and was giving him hell. He got really shitty and he pulled out a knife on us to kill the band and we had a warning pre-concert saying you might have trouble. He was a football hooligan and very protective of his territory because a bunch of Aussies came into Cardiff and started playing in this university, he didn’t like it he put his girlfriend’s head through the window so we hired some security guards and were escorted to our van.

DO YOU ALWAYS CHANGE YOUR LYRICS IN YOUR SET OR SOMETIMES?

No a song is a song but if they piss me off I’ll tell them to get fucked.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE RECORDING WITH DAVID IVORY?

Awesome, David Ivory is a Philadelphia sound engineer. He’s one of the best on the Grammy board, he’s amazing he’s done Halestorm. It was awesome, because it’s the first time we have done pre-production and pre-production is something that when you have an idea you spend some time working on it before you record it. With the first one America, we recorded it in a week and this one we recorded it in two or three weeks. We did have more production, we didn’t have much recording time because we were only there for four weeks and by the time you unpack and look for a place a lot of time was taken up. There so we are very proud of the record it’s a killer.

 

 

DO YOU FIND YOURSELF UNDER PRESSURE MAKING THESE SONGS IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME?

Yeh I wish I had studio time, but at the same time we are very prepared. We would never go into a studio not knowing what we are doing. We would go there with pretty much an album and we will tweak it here and there and have it done. I would never spend the money blowing thousands of dollars thinking about it and spicing riffs. I’ve already thought about it and the song is already in motion. Mabey even already played live somewhere, because you want to check it out. Today I’m going to play a new song that’s not on the record but it’s going to be on the third record. David loves it already.

WHEN IS THAT BEING RELEASED?

It’s not going to be yet. Cold Blooded is the first one. It’s on vinyl but you can’t get it on CD yet it’s on vinyl in Australia. When we plan on doing a proper release we’ll do it in every form in Australia, but if you want a copy you can buy it on our website.

RANDOM FACT THAT PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOUR BAND ?

We haven’t launched our new CD yet, so no one knows what’s going on. So we want to line everything up before we tell everyone what’s going on.

YOU PLAYED WHISKY A GO-GO IN 2010, WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THE STATES TO PLAY?

It’s bigger than Australia so we wanted to test the waters and see if people like us over there. In 2007 we went to Las Vegas and we played that a lot and at Whisky, all up the strip and downtown and different places and peoples response was amazing to our music. We came back and recorded our first record and later on we toured that record in 2011 in America and that’s when we met David Ivory. Then we flew back in 2012 recorded this album.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY BAND PERFORM ANY ONE OF YOUR SONGS WHICH WOULD IT BE AND WHY AND WOULD IT BE IN YOUR STYLE OR THEIRS?

Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith