James- Yeah! what a bummer! we had a big party at the Footscray Hotel planned on that date with a bunch of bands we like at the moment, our mate was gonna play some rock n roll vinyls all night, get everyone dancing. It would have been a great way to start gigging again... but you know, these things happen. There's a shitload of people out there who are completely fucked after this so it's hard to complain too much without being a bit of a dickhead. We'll be selling records in Melbourne through our bigcartel page (there's a link on our Facebook page) and we're gonna put up a video on that date too (April 11) it's of us playing at the pub we were gonna have the release at so if you're overseas you can kinda get the vibe of it all.
Yeah the tours off... for the moment, really wanna come over, would be good to get there next year, We have a couple of extra songs that we havent released that were saving to do a split with a European/English band so maybe we'll tour on that next year. It's kinda strange here, were all from New Zealand and our families and friends back home are all on complete lockdown, can't leave their house, cant visit each other, they're taking it really serious there. But here in Melbourne its kind of strange, most of us are all still working, venues pubs restaurants are all closed, but we all work in construction which seems to still be going for some reason. It's kind of a strange feeling driving to work and no one's on the roads, but its good to have cash still coming in... although I wouldn't mind a bloody sleep in! I get up at 530am to go to work while everyone chills out all day it sucks! haha
James: We wrote half the songs with Kalem and half with Scotty so there kind of a new vibe I guess, not majorly though. I wanted to steer it in kind of a more pub rock n roll direction, like, we've got a bit of piano on one of the tracks, and there's a couple of guitar riffs here and there that have been inspired by stuff like Third World War and Ian Dury and the Blockheads and bands like that, but it's pretty subtle really, we're still finding our feet a bit when we try new stuff, a few people probably won't notice it too much. We are definitely sticking to the sort of music that was just at the very edge of punk starting in the early '70s, that hard rock n roll stuff (I actually made a playlist on Spotify called "pub rock n roll" by jamesmorgan_1987 if you wanna hear the kinda stuff were taking our inspiration from)
James: dunno about Parkway Drive but the others are cool haha. For nowadays stuff, there's actually a bit of a surge of rock n roll here. They're kinda poppy but I used to work with a guy who plays in a band called "Private Function" who are great, really crazy live act. There's also a glam band called "Smooch" that just started that are pretty good, and there's a band called "Punter" that are pretty good, early Aussie punk vibes
All time: The Angels, Coloured Balls, Daddy Cool (EAGLE ROCK!)
James: I actually used to live in Europe for a few years, I stayed in Lyon in France for about 6 months, and I lived in Italy for about the same amount of time, then in London for a few years. But that's kinda what I was excited for, to go to the Elephants Head in Camden or catch up with some old mates in Brixton or just see a bunch of shit I haven't seen in ages. Now that we can't leave the country I'm fuckin dying to get the fuck out and go see Europe again, it's such a fuckin cool place. Definitely keen for some German piss though, beer here is pretty rubbish, keen for a currywurst too!