THE UGLY KINGS
WHAT WAS IT LIKE PLAYING WITH AIRBORNE IN AUSTRALIA?
The Ugly Kings: Amazing some of the best shows that we have ever played.
WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE WITH AIRBORNE?
The Ugly Kings: One of the roadies couldn't make it to the tour. So I became good mates with both the O’Keeffe brothers Joel asked me before the tour if I wanted to carry him on my shoulders when he goes through the crowd. We did that together on the tour It was awesome I have some footage of him doing it was a proud moment.
WHAT'S YOUR CRAZIEST FAN STORY?
The Ugly Kings: We played in Hobart once it was a young crowd. At the gig one guy was messing around with Chris’s pedal and getting to close to it. Our drummer Ryan at the time jumped off the drum kit mid song grabbed a dude by the neck, walked him out the venue and came back inside and kept playing on the drum kit.
IF YOU COULD PICK ANY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD WHAT WOULD YOU PLAY AT?
The Ugly Kings: Hellfest or Download Festival or Rockwave in Athens because I’m Greek so I could play my home crowd of Greek people.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PLAY THE INSTRUMENTS YOU PLAY?
CHRISTOS - I grew up in Greece. All the kids in school loved metal music. I was 13 years old and we decided to form a band and no one knew how to play an instrument. It was luck of the draw so I thought I would play guitar. I picked it up and started jamming with these guys. Then I learnt smoke on the water like everyone does so we did it and that’s how I started playing guitar.
RUSTY - I stared playing drums when I was 13. And when I was 18 I was really drunk in a bar and I was really good at mimicking other people's singing. I went and did the competition and won an iPod and I thought I can make money from this if I can win a iPod I can make a million dollars I also won a X Box later as well.
Lyles is our day drummer and substitute. Our drummer got sick before this trip from food poisoning he was really bad so the doctors told him to stay at home. Lyles flew here today and we just rehearsed for four hours. He started to listen to the tracks to learn how to play them properly yesterday. In the afternoon so I can list and play it through my head. So I went to a punk gig with my older cousin when I was a kid and ever since then I have played drums.
NICK - I was 13 we started a band and picked up the first instrument that came which was bass
IF YOU HAD AN UNLIMITED BUDGET FOR A SHOW WHAT CRAZY EFFECTS WOULD YOU PUT IN THE SHOW?
The Ugly Kings: Giant confetti cannons but the confetti has Velcro on it so you can't get it off. No one is ever going to forget that it's stuck on you or something like Pink Floyd the wall.
YOU PLAY GIGS IN BARS AND BIGGER VENUES, WHICH ONE DO YOU PREFER PLAYING AND WHICH ATMOSPHERES DO YOU LIKE BETTER?
The Ugly Kings: It's all different sometimes we do acoustic or stripped back gigs. Sometimes it is nice to have 20 or so people sitting around and listening to your music. But obviously the bigger the gig the better. We played the airborne shows I haven't played in front of that many people before. You lose yourself when you look out at a crowd it's a blur but you always tend to find a intimacy right at the front between you and the people watching you. So even if it is a bigger venue you will still have that intimacy with people who are right at the front. So you feel great anyway from that. We love playing Cherry Bar it's not too big it's not too small it's just the right size.
HOW DID YOU ALL MEET EACH OTHER?
The Ugly Kings: In 2007 I was studying film and was helping out with a friend's film and Christos was studying something else .So we ended up on a film shoot together we never exchanged details we didn't see each other again for about three years. Then we ran into each other three years later spoke and about music and then we started jamming and then we started doing acoustic music and then we ran into this other guy called Daniel and we started doing making music with him. I jumped behind the kit so there was an evolution to it wasn't like now we will form a whole band.
DID YOU START OFF IN COMEDY?
The Ugly Kings: You found that? You did your research yes we did when we were doing acoustic gigs. We also did some comedy acts on the side it lasted for about six months or so. The band became a real band when Nick joined the band. I run a venue in Melbourne and they played at the venue a couple of times and I fell in love with the band straight away. A few weeks later a random band was playing and said my friend’s band is looking for a bass player. We had a chat and these two guys walked in and I was like sweet and we had a chat and had one jam and it was good. Lyles isn't in the band but we know he's playing with us tonight and we know him because we have played a ton of times with a band called Winter Moon.
DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING ALBUM RELEASES?
The Ugly Kings: The album will be next year. It was meant to be this year but we are trying to make the most out of it. In the meantime we have a new single and music video coming out.
DID YOU START OFF WITH COVERS OR DID YOU JUST START WITH YOUR OWN MUSIC?
The Ugly Kings: We never did covers because Christos hates doing covers. But we did a cover of a David Bowie song we will play it tonight. But that was intentional we did a couple of David Bowie shows last year. It worked out really well with the song Lazarus so we recorded it. Or we will blend in other songs with our songs e.g. War pigs Black Sabbath.
ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE OTHERS ABOUT HOW TO GET WHERE YOU ARE?
The Ugly Kings: Always expect it to be twice as hard as you expect it to be.