Category: Interviews

 

Brisbane alternative rockers Hey Geronimo have been making a name for themselves over the past couple of years with some killer sets at music festivals across the country. During that time the band have also dropped two critically acclaimed albums and have now followed that up with a brand new EP and single – both titled Waste Yourself.

To find out a little more about the EP and the band in general HEAVY Mag recently sat down and had a chat with Pete from the band.

“We actually first got together to do a Beatles tribute night,” he explains when we start to delve into Hey Geronimo’s history. “There were a few of us from different bands around Brisbane who got together and we had such a good time that we started a new band. That was a while ago now and now we have kind of evolved into a kind of art collective to be honest. We used to be a kind of party rock band but we have evolved into something a little more high brow now.”

“We’ve played quite a few festivals,” he says as we continue to delve into the past. “Probably the biggest highlight though was getting to play at Big Day Out when Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Killers were on the bill that was pretty cool. Even to just be playing the same day as those really great bands was just a really cool moment.”

Soon our discussion turns to modern day events and we begin to explore where the brand new single ‘Waste Yourself’ came from. “Well PJ and I co-wrote this one,” he says. “We were both writing it at the same time but we both had a different idea about what it was about. His idea was that when you were with someone you would waste yourself on them and you would be asking them to waste themselves on you whereas the angle I was writing it from was that this dude was kinda depressed and he was literally just drowning his sorrows, so I guess it can be taken both ways but that was the angles that we were approaching it from when we were writing it.”

As our discussion goes on we soon learn that fans of Hey Geronimo may not have to wait too long for some new music as Pete is hoping that the band will head into some writing sessions during 2020. “I think we will be writing some new tunes to be honest,” he says when talk turns to the new year. “Hopefully we can record some new songs in the new year and maybe do something a little different. This EP is a new song with some old ones but I would say in the new year we want to record some new songs and maybe change the direction of the band a little bit to be honest… but we will see what happens, but yeah writing and recording new songs is the plan.”

 

Waste Yourself is out now.

 

 

Sydney alternative rockers Clouder have started to make an impact on the local scene with live shows alongside artists such as Tape/Off, Sketch Jets and The Lazy Eyes on the back of their 2018 debut single which saw them garnish radio play. Now Clouder and back with a brand new single and video titled ‘Stars & Clouds’ and have just announced a launch show on December 20th at Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar.

“Yeah I went to university with Luke’s older brother,” explains Clouder’s Borna Crvelin as Subculture chats to him about how the band started at uni. “He, I and another class-mate of ours got to together to create a song and that song just happened to be the very first version of ‘Stars & Clouds’ which is our most recent single. As we went through that process I asked Luke if he wanted to start a band and he agreed. So we went out and found the people, then we started to write, record and rehearse and that brought us to January this year when we played our first show… and it has been pretty good so far.”

Everyone that hears Clouder comments on the very 90s sound that the band has but Crvelin says that influence didn’t really come from what he grew up listening to. “I grew up listening to my Dad’s records,” he explains. “So there was some Pink Floyd, The Beatles and a lot of those classic bands. As I grew up I discovered more of the 90s sound but the band has been influenced by West Coast bands like Duster, Idaho and Low.”

People that turn up to the show on the 20th can also expect something a little bit different from Clouder as well. “We wanted to have a bit of a different approach with this one,” save Crvelin. “We’ve teamed up with Josh McBeek who has become a very good friend of mine and so as opposed to just getting some bands together in a bar or pub we have decided to make a bit of a night out of it. So we’ve got some people that I have met over the years plus some bands that I really like and we are going to put on a show of modern Australian alternative music and I’ve got the director who made the video for ‘Stars & Clouds’ and he is going to do a little side-show of his own personal work and have it on projectors in-between the bands so it will feel more like an art installation rather than just a bunch of bands.”

 

You can take a listen to the full Clouder interview below.

 

 

The last couple of years have been a sensational ride for fans of The Butterfly Effect. The popular group seemed to be gone after it’s sad farewell in 2012, but then in 2018 Clint Boge returned and the band hit the road again. Then came a brand new single and now the band have just announced they will be performing at the Good Things Festival… but wait there is more. As HEAVY Mag had the opportunity to chat to Boge he admitted that fans have something else to look forward to as well.

“Yeah man ,it is just over a decade,” he says as we discuss just how long it has been since The Butterfly Effect played at a festival. “It was Big Day Out 2009, that was the last we graced a festival stage. We did the national tour and it was great – and that is what it is about festivals, man, it just has that different energy. When you are doing the smaller club shows and it is under your own headline it’s different. You kind of feel a little bit more pressure, but with a festival you can just let it all hang out, you just play the bangers… i use that term in adverted commas and use it loosely. You just play the fun stuff, you rock out for 45, it’s high-energy, it’s high-paced and everybody is into it. Then you go and have a couple of sherbets after the gig and everybody is in that party mode because it is just so much fun.”

As we chat we begin to reflect on the reception that The Butterfly Effect have received from their fans since returning. “We did the tour in August and we were filling venues like The Forum,” says Boge humbly. “That is amazing after being away for so long. I know we did the tour in 2018 which was also amazing because there was some trepidation and we were quite anxious about coming back because we were wondering if anybody would still want to see the band. But as soon as we put it on sale and it sold out within minutes you breath that sigh of relief and you go ‘shit there are still a lot of fans out there wanting to see the band and they want to hear new music.’ That gives you a sense of relevancy. After I left the band in 2012 I went out into covers land. I was playing covers in bars and pubs and I have to say it was a very humbling and eye-opening experience and I still do it, I still play covers on weekends here and there.

Next year marks a very special time for the band… its twentieth anniversary and Boge admits that the band has something very special planned for fans. “We’ve been working on new music,” he admits. “We are about six or seven demos deep and some of the stuff is sounding really good. Some are really big and are twisting and turning like ‘World’s On Fire’ on Final Conversation Of Kings and some are a little bit heavier and harking back to Begins Here, so it is a good smattering of the three albums and I think that comes with evolving as you do. Not only that but when you come back after being gone for so long it is almost like you are coming back with fresh ears, like you have a fresh perspective for the first time.”

 

The Butterfly Effect will be appearing at Good Things Festival.

 

Very few heavy Australian bands have reached the heights that Parkway Drive have. It is hard to believe that this all started when a young band from Byron Bay decided to release a split album (with another up and coming band called I Killed The Prom Queen) way back in 2003.

Since then Parkway Drive have really reached a pinnacle. Their last four albums have all reached the Top Ten on the Australian music charts while they also regularly make the main stage of major overseas festivals and can boast touring alongside bands such as Killswitch Engage, Bad Religion, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Bring Me The Horizon. Despite all those achievements it becomes very obvious when HEAVY Mag sits down to chat to Parkway Drive frontman Winston McCall that one of their proudest moments came just recently when they were announced as the headliner at the Good Things Festival.

“We are pumped because Parkway appearances at Australian festivals are as rare as blue moons,” says McCall with the excitement plain to hear in his voice. “I was stoked to see how well it (Good Things) went last year because I was stoked to see heavy music festivals back like that because there was a bit of a void there after Soundwave I think. There is such a huge community there so it is good to see a festival coming back around because it is such an integral part of the music platform. For for us to be able to play it is awesome but for them to give us the headline slot is fucking great because I don’t know if anyone else has worked out yet but this is a first for an Australian band to get that slot.”

As a discussion goes on McCall shares his feelings on something that has been occurring in the Australian music scene for a long time now. “In the past there always seemed to be the theme of Australian bands are awesome but no matter what an American band will take preference over an Australian band,” he says. “It seemed no matter how well an Australian band was doing they would never play over the top of an American band, which is really shitty. It was literally a reason that we didn’t play festivals in the past because we were not going to condone this behaviour – this mistreatment of Australian bands who were crushing it so hard. So for Good Things to give us that slot is a massive fucking deal…. we want to do it right.”

It draws comparison to what happens in the cinema world when an American blockbuster will always get precedence over a local film and I ask McCall why he thinks this practice seems so rife in both the cinema and music industries. “You’ve got the way the industry works in the first place,” he explains. “When you are booking a band at a festival in Australia you needs bands to play, the way booking works is you book a band and someone will be like ‘I will give you this band but I want you to book these as well’… that is just the way the industry works. On a deeper level though Australia loves American culture and I understand that people want to go and see an American band because they comes from overseas and they don’t get to see them all that often, but also Australia has a slightly skewed perspective on how popular bands are overseas. We tend to see everybody as huge it’s like ‘they are from overseas they must be fucking massive.’ and it was a big shock to us to go overseas and see bands that we thought were absolutely enormous playing for two hundred people. Then you see them playing an Australian festival and they are co-headlining and you like ‘how the hell are you in that spot? Why we were told we had to play three bands under you if we wanted to be on the bill… it is bonkers.’”

Now that Parkway Drive finally do have that headline spot at a festival on their home soil you could forgive them for feeling a little bit of pressure and McCall admits that it certainly is there. “We feel stoked but we have always felt pressure,” he says with slight laughter. “You see us get announced as the headliner and you hear people say ‘Parkway isn’t a headliner’ and we are like ‘yeah well we just headlined for 80,000 people a couple of months ago so I think we can do this.’ It seems no matter what there has always been people who have wanted to see us however they wanted to see us as which I guess is…let’s just say it Australia has Tall Poppy Syndrome… which is fine, no actually it’s not fine, but Australia also has fucking awesome people who have grown this band into what we have and we have a hell of a lot of fans who have been amazing and have pushed this band and got us to the point where we are now and I have a feeling that we wouldn’t be here if we were doing something that people didn’t like. So the idea of pressure for me doesn’t come from ‘can we do this?’ he pressure is more about that I want to bring what is above expectation and I one hundred per cent know that will happen.”

That answer makes me wonder though how does McCall feel when he is about to step out onto the stage at a large festival – does he feel nervous or does he feel exicted? “A little bit of both,” he says laughing after I pose the question to him. “It is a weird one because I find it hard to tell the difference between nerves and excitement to be honest. But when you start both of those things just disappear and it becomes a shared moment of enjoyment. Whatever that feeling is you have on stage you become focussed. But leading up to it it is weird, you find yourself getting that elevated heart rate, that butterflies feelings and all of those things… I don’t know how to describe it.”

“I definitely do remember that a couple of times during this last European festival season though I found myself having to tell myself ‘now just calm the fuck down, slow your breathing down, it is not the end of the world’,” he continues. “But I can’t remember how I got myself into that state. It is exciting though, it is an exciting thing. The mass of humans that you get to play to is something that only a handful of bands on this planet get to play to. A festival is always going to be the biggest crowd you get to play to, no matter what. The energy that comes back at you and gets harnessed is pretty intoxicating.”

We all know that he is right, getting to experience a band live at a festival is something that you only get to experience a handful of times in your life, so seeing Parkway Drive play at Good Things is a must see for all music fans this summer.

 

Dave G today had the opportunity to chat to the legendary Al Anderson about the forthcoming Australian tour for The Original Wailers. Anderson joined The Wailers back when Bob Marley was the lead singer and has also performed with the some greats including Peter Tosh, UB40, Lauryn Hill and Ben Harper just to name a few.

You can listen to the interview below and make sure you check out the tour dates as well… book your ticket today.