Interview: James Alex (BEACH SLANG)

Interview: James Alex (BEACH SLANG)

Before and ever since triple j put Philly punks Beach Slang into their rotation they were taking our scene by storm, bleeding their coming-of-age angst into the iTunes libraries of indies everywhere. We caught up with frontman James Alex earlier this year when Beach Slang hit up our shores for Splendour In The Grass to chat about their new record A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, why honesty trumps marketing, and why you should never park your dreams. — How was Splendour In The Grass man? Pretty otherworldly, you know? We’re trying to get acclimated to the whole truth that this isn’t a daydream, you know what I mean? It’s actually happening to us. It’s been a blast, man. We got to hold a koala, we went surfing, we just really checked off all the little things we were hoping this would be and it’s just even greater than that. We’re leaving early tomorrow morning and everybody’s bummed out, we’re already talking about how we’re gonna get back to Australia again soon. It’s one of those deals, you know? Happy to hear you wanna come back. Have you been surprised at the reception at all? You guys have been playing on one of our major stations, triple j, since your first release. Did it shock you that you do have such a huge following? Yeah, I mean, it still does, right? It’s like, the first day I got here, I came in myself and I was just doing press. So I’m riding around Sydney with my publicist [we love you Janine] and we get to the first thing, and...
Interview: Walter Schreifels

Interview: Walter Schreifels

Walter Schreifels has to be one of the most underrated musicians to have ever walked this earth, having contributed to the history of hardcore with Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits, as well as a score of other outfits including Quicksand, Walking Concert, and Rival Schools. He just re-released his solo record An Open Letter To The Scene and he’s heading down under in support of it next month with FrnkIero andthe Patience, so we caught up with him to talk the tour, the tunes and his upcoming 2017 full-length. I wanted to start with the fact you’re heading here for a tour with Frank Iero’s band in October. What made you wanna come down under? Well Frank approached me, I know Frank through some friends, and asked me to go on tour with him last year. And I wasn’t able to make it. So he was cool enough to ask me to go to Australia, and I was available. He’s a very cool guy and a really great artist. So I’m excited to go to Australia with him and I think it’s gonna be a really fun time, I love Australia. It’s gonna be great. When Frank came out at the beginning of this year his shows went off. The lines were backed up streets away. That’s amazing, wow! So I’m really excited to be a part of that, then, that’s fantastic. But he’s a great guy. I know him more as a person, not just as a guy, than as an artist. So I’m really looking forward to getting to play with him and to travel to...
Interview: Tom Lanyon (CERES)

Interview: Tom Lanyon (CERES)

When I speak to Tom Lanyon from Ceres he sounds like a pretty happy guy, but that’s no surprise: it’s the day their new record Drag It Down On You started streaming online, so it makes sense that he’d feel a little relieved to finally have the full-length the Melbourne outfit worked on for two-and-a-half-years out in the world. Ahead of the headline tour they’re embarking on in support of their sophomore LP, we had a chat about nerves, being a bummer and impressing Los Campesinos!’ Tom Bromley. The record started streaming on Rolling Stone today. What’s the response been like? It’s been really good. I didn’t even think about it. We knew Rolling Stone were gonna premiere it and I’d done a track-by-track last week, but I just sort of woke up this morning and didn’t even think about it until it posted. I was like “oh yeah, shit, everybody’s gonna hear something that we worked two and a half years for right now”. I thought I would have to like, rev myself up for it, and get ready. But I’m so stoked with how it’s gone, everyone seems super excited. It seems like the reaction’s positive, which is good. I’m stoked, hopefully people can get through right to the end and really appreciate it. So you weren’t nervous about it at all today? I don’t know why I just didn’t think about it! I just sort of didn’t realise that people were going to listen to it today. It sounds pretty dumb but I was just … as soon as it posted, I was like “aw shit”,...
Interview: Andy Biersack (BLACK VEIL BRIDES)

Interview: Andy Biersack (BLACK VEIL BRIDES)

Andy Biersack, of Black Veil Brides fame, is currently touring Australia on his Andy Black side project. Funnily enough, compelled by the experimental maturity of his new shit has been attendees who aren’t what you’d term the usual demographic. On the back of his album The Shadow Side and in anticipation of the tour, we had a surprisingly enjoyable chat to him about why he wasn’t into Soundwave, how he used to be an asshole and why, if you’re under 25, you should probably start making some mistakes. You’re doing an Australian tour for the Andy Black record – what made you want to come all the way over here for what has been referred to as just a side project? Well, you know, I’ve never done a tour of Australia that wasn’t Soundwave. Everything I’ve done with Black Veil Brides has always been adjacent to Soundwave in some way. And well – the thing is for me – I’ve always enjoyed Australia. I always loved being there. And I guess, not only the country, but the people. I’ve always told anybody who would listen that the times I’ve been there have been some of my favourite times I’ve toured, despite the fact that I didn’t really care much for the Soundwave Festival. I like the actual country, I guess, more than the show I was on. But I always wanted to come back and when the opportunity presented itself with this project, it felt great, because in many ways this project avails itself to smaller capacity venues better. It’s the kinda thing that’s a bit more intimate, and...
Interview: Paul Marc Rousseau (SILVERSTEIN)

Interview: Paul Marc Rousseau (SILVERSTEIN)

Post-hardcore veterans Silverstein have long been stalwarts in the alternative scene, so it’s always a pleasure when they decide to pop in down under for a run of shows. Ahead of their tour with teen-revered Pierce The Veil, aggressive Americans Beartooth and Aussie legends Storm The Sky, we had a chat with guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau about why Silverstein like our country so much, the transition between headlining and supporting and new music in the near future. You guys were here relatively recently, what made you want to return with such a short gap in between tours? Were we there recently? I don’t remember the last time. You know what, I honestly can’t remember when we were there last. Why do we come back to Australia? It’s the best. We will go back literally every opportunity we can. I mean, really, why not go back? It was last year for the anniversary of ‘Discovering the Waterfront’! It’s cliché to ask this, but what is it actually about Australia that makes you say that? This is gonna sound a bit cliché but I guess the question is too. I mean, the people are so great. I think Canadians and Australians have a special bond, that maybe other nations don’t, and I don’t know what that is. Maybe it’s because England fucked with both of us. But I don’t know, I just get along so well with all Australians. Not to mention all the crazy animals and the snakes that are trying to kill me. The whole country is so beautiful, and there’s so much to explore. It’s always a good...
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