Interviews

Interview: Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER)

The masters of excess and debauchery, Steel Panther, are touring Australia in June, and if you ever wanted to see a band motorboat a female fan’s breasts on-stage, then well, you can’t go past these guys! Renowned for their vulgar comedy and over-the-top antics, as well as actually being a superbly tight rock band with well-written songs, this quartet is guaranteed to top off anyone’s night on the town. IPHYB recently caught up with singer Michael Starr, and as a fun game you can play while you read, see if you can’t guess which of his answers are fact and which are fiction … because we sure as shit don’t know. I noticed you put up a video of yourself riding a bike over in Oregon before a show the other day, so do you like to go for bike rides or runs to help stay in shape? Or is it just for the hell of it? I really love to ride a bike, it takes me back to when I first got high when I was a little kid and I used to ride my bike around. It really puts me right in the moment, and I need to do as much cardio as I can, I like to sing while I’m doing it as well, which helps for when I’m up on stage. When we were in Perth once, Chris Jericho, the drummer from Buckcherry, and myself went on this super long bike ride until we couldn’t go on any further. It’s something I love to do for sure. Cool man, I imagine you may get some... read more

Interview: MODERN BASEBALL

MODERN BASEBALL are generally regarded as somewhat pop punk, somewhat emo, and somewhat better-than-everyone-else, so if you didn’t catch them on their East Coast tour recently, that’s your problem. Ahead of the release of their upcoming studio album Holy Ghost, Peyton Bernhardt caught up with co-frontman Brendan Lukens and bassist Ian Farmer to reminisce on their Aussie shows, fresh tunes, and how they’re so idiosyncratically positive they can’t hate anyone. You guys have killed it on this tour. Are you enjoying your visit down under? Ian: Oh, yeah. Brendan: A lot. It’s been really, really amazing – and the shows were. Ian: The shows were insane. Australia in general, we just didn’t really know what to expect. We knew that we were probably gonna like it, but it’s awesome. We’re having a blast. Good to hear! I caught you at Oxford Art Factory and it went off – no one expected that reception, especially that level of crowd surfing. Brendan: We didn’t really expect it either! That’s what everyone’s said; is crowdsurfing not really a thing here? I frequent Oxford Art Factory and it’s relatively rare. Brendan: Then our shows were crazy [laughs]. Oh wow. We did not know that. Do you think the cancellation of your last Australian tour contributed to the hype for this one? Brendan: Logistically, that would make sense … people were very welcoming to us and they were like, coming up to us and saying how grateful they were that we were coming back. Ian: It definitely wasn’t the aim of that. Brendan: Like, “If we cancel this one, I’m sure more people will... read more

INTERVIEW: Wednesday 13

IPHYB: Hey, it’s Brad from I Probably Hate Your Band, how you doing? W13: Hey man, how are you? IPHYB: Very well thanks… Alright, let’s do it. W13: Yeah yeah, all good man. You’re my middle interview. IPHYB: Yeah, cool. What time is it over there? W13: It is… Almost 1:30. IPHYB: Yeah, right. Did you check out the new Tigertailz song this morning? W13: No, I have not seen the new Tigertailz this morning. IPHYB: Yeah, at least I think it came out this morning. I saw it this morning anyway. W13: I’m sure I’ll find it in a bit. I’ve been doing these interviews and I haven’t been online… My morning trawling, so I’m sure I’ll find that later. IPHYB: Yeah cool. So man, your new album [Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out And Plague] is quite a departure, lyrically and musically, from all your other stuff. I mean, there’s been a pretty consistent theme, with the horror and what not. What’s with the new one? Where did that come from? W13: It’s just kind of where I wanted to take the direction of the band and you know, every record I’ve put out has been a little different. I mean, from the beginning, from the Transylvania record. But yeah, I just wanted to do something heavier, wanted to do something weirder and lyrically, you know, I’ve put out so many records for so many years and I didn’t want to keep repeating myself, so I thought let’s up the voltage on it, let’s go heavier, let’s change a couple of things up. But it’s been a... read more

Interview: Richard Patrick (Filter)

Filter is almost two different bands: the poppy alt-rockers who everyone knows from songs like ‘Take A Picture’ which every asshole with an acoustic guitar tries to ruin, to the industrial-metal-fever-dream team responsible for ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’. Founder and frontman Richard Patrick was nice enough to have a chat to I Probably Hate Your Band about the new album, songwriting, and his general thoughts on the world right now. So the new album is pretty close to dropping, out of the songs people have heard already, what type of response have you had from the fans and critics? The critics have been amazing, and the fans have been amazing-er. I try to make music that just makes my car stereo rock, and when I get to lyrics I just talk about social issues and stuff that’s going on in my brain. You know, I hope everybody gets it. My biggest critic is me. I wanna do something that is gonna make me happy. I have a great, profound love and appreciation for music and when you start messing around with songwriting you better have some quality stuff, otherwise, you’re not into it. I’ve been getting a great response from Australia, the last two days I’ve done, like, twenty interviews. There’s a lot of attention. A couple of years ago, maybe four, five, six, seven years ago I released a record and it was like, crickets from Australia – just the sound of my heart beating, kind of all by myself. But now it seems like there’s a lot of interest and I really appreciate that. Yeah, that’s great.... read more

Interview: DINO CAZARES (Fear Factory)

FEAR FACTORY have been bringing their own version of fearsome heavy metal to the world for over 25 years. Largely considered a pioneering force in the industrial metal scene the band has a legacy that is hard to ignore. As they embark upon, yet another, Australian tour IPHYB caught up with guitarist and founding member, Dino Cazares to talk about technology and the recent controversy surround comments he made about Donald Trump. First up, let’s address that whole mess where in a recent interview with Sticks For Stones you joked that if Trump was elected you’d move to Australia. A whole bunch of people took it the wrong way and went crazy on the internet. What are your thoughts on that? Yeah, I was extremely surprised at how many racist comments I was reading because I’m of Mexican descent. You know, I’m an American, I was born in the United States, I pay taxes just like everybody else and a lot of people were saying ‘leave, Donald Trump is gonna build a wall so your people won’t come into America’ a lot of people were saying ‘get the fuck out of here, beaner’ – beaner is a bad word, a racial word to use against Hispanics. I was reading a lot of that stuff and I was like ‘wow’ a lot of this racial tension has come about because of my Mexican descent. I was just really surprised, like wow, people actually took this joking thing I said so seriously. And it seemed like all the Donald Trump supporters came out, so ahh, it was pretty gut-wrenching to read... read more

Interview: PLINI

Wanna help us help support local music? Check out our Patreon! Sydney-based guitarist Plini has been making a name for himself in the Australian music scene over the last few years, having released a slew of EPs and singles, including the recent Every Piece Matters, where he will be diverting all the proceeds from the sale of said single to RAW Impact – an organisation dedicated to helping build sustainable projects throughout Cambodia. Boasting a unique style that excellently combines the best elements of prog, jazz, and absolute shred, he has forged a signature sound which places emphasis on brilliant composure and impeccable phrasing. I spoke with Plini to discuss who he is as an artist, his projects in Cambodia, and his plans for the not too distant future. So just for the unfamiliar, tell me – who are you? What do you do? How did you start out? Well, I am Plini. I am a person. I started out in a womb, then eventually I was born. Probably twelve years after that, I started playing guitar, and then another eleven years from that point brings us to this present time, where I write music. Can you give me, in your own words, what you believe Plini, as a musician, is and stands for, and how far are you in achieving what you have set out to achieve? I think a majority of what I stand for as a musician is to really just make music that brings me enjoyment and gratification, and hopefully other people take some of that out of what I create, and I think I’m... read more

Interview: Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)

‘The Big Four’; A term that is overused on the internet by people in the metal community, to describe four of the biggest thrash metal bands in America. You all definitely know Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, but then there’s Anthrax, the band that a lot of you are quick to ignore and say “why are they in The Big Four?” because you’re 15 years old and you’ve only listened to songs that were on Guitar Hero. Or because you’re an ultra thrash enthusiast who thinks that Overkill or Testament deserve to be in The Big Four more than Anthrax do. It. Doesn’t. Matter. At a time where thrash metal was at its peak and mostly a very serious sounding genre, New York’s Anthrax thrashed onto the scene drawing influence from things that the thrash fans hated. Anthrax displayed influence from New York Hardcore before the “crossover” term was coined and suddenly accepted in both scenes, and they were the metal band at the time with the guts to do things differently and not give a shit; hence their own rap/metal piss-take I’m The Man, and a legendary collaboration and tour with rap pioneers Public Enemy. But what really made them stand out from the frenzy of young and aggressive speed metal bands that took over the ’80s was the incredible voice of Anthrax’s sixth (yes, sixth!), and only good vocalist, Joey Belladonna. Unlike the frontmen at the time that yelled their arse off, Joey could actually sing, which is why the sound of Anthrax has always been instantly recognisable. And in 2016, six years since he saved the band... read more

Interview: I, THE BURDEN

After I finished simultaneously laughing at the fact that I, The Burden are from Darwin and sobbing at the beauty of their EP Reaktsyia, I caught up with bassist Dan and drummer Ben to have a chat. I wanted to know what it was like living in a faraway and mystical land, fighting off prehistoric reptiles and blowflies as big as a Toyota Nimbus, all the while trying to carve a sense of belonging in a place that’s barely known to exist, let alone known for a thriving scene. I reviewed I, The Burden’s cracking EP last week, which you can read by clicking on the link at the bottom of the interview. So where the hell is Darwin? I always thought Darwin was a mythical and faraway land like Narnia. I’ve heard there are flies as big as birds, and birds as big as aeroplanes. Do you willingly live there? Dan: Darwin is a stone’s throw away from oblivion. It’s almost big enough to be called a major city, yet we still get left off most weather maps. Yes, the birds are big and the flies are aplenty. And yes, we willingly live here. It’s the only place you can get a good laksa, and the daily croc and UFO sightings are a plus too. Is that right? I had a great laksa in Adelaide once though, I’m pretty sure you have some competition there. So what’s the scene like in Darwin? I can honestly say I’ve never really heard of many bands coming out of there – or going there to tour. Is it a bit of... read more

INTERVIEW: Andrew Fisher (Basement)

It was nearly two years ago that U.K. based punk/post hardcore act BASEMENT announced their return from an 18 month hiatus, to which they received an overwhelming response of excitement and support. On the eve of the release of their latest offering, ‘Promise Everything’ (the title track of their upcoming album, out January 29), I spoke with frontman Andrew Fisher about their return to music, the ins and outs of the new album, Charles Darwin, and everything in between. Ben: Can you describe to me (in what might be the most vague question to start an interview off with) what Basement is? What is the endgame, what have you set out to create and how do you feel you’ve come along so far in achieving what you want to achieve? Andrew: I’m so glad that you’ve given me some guidance because I would not have been able to answer that right off the bat [laughs]. Endgame? There is none. We’re trying to do as much interesting stuff as possible with the time we have as a band. Not to say that someone is telling us to stop, I’m just saying that we’re trying to abide by the form of shelf life that’s comes with alternate music, so we’re trying to be realistic in that and do as much as we can as possible. I think creatively, we’re striving to be as creative as possible, always trying different things when we write new music, when we do live performances, set design and lighting. Like we’re just trying to be both interesting and have as much fun with it as possible.... read more