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Flying Foxes, out of Sydney, describe themselves as a melodramatic indie pop rock outfit - that goes some way towards describing their sound but there's something more going on here..
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Interview: 5 May 2008
Describe your music
We tell tall stories spoilt with candour. Fractured urban fairytales paint portraits of the joy and tears, swagger and fears, the comedy of errors, the cockeyed carers, the avian dancers, the clumsy romances. The bass buzzes. The beat moves your feet. Your guard retreats. The melody melts, guitar lines compete. You jump on your seat. Your night is complete. Manic music, played all playful like.
What made you start a band?
Part of the reason that anyone starts a band is that if you're strongly opinionated about music, the natural extension is to stop critiquing/consuming and start creating a soundtrack for your life. We wanted to start a band in the spirit of Pixies, Pavement, The Smiths, The Modern Lovers, The Libertines... bands that were crushingly fun. We want to fill that enormous void.
Do you play many gigs?
Yes! We've played a show every week for the last couple of months and May is busy with shows in Sydney then in June we're on an East coast tour with The Teenagers from France.
Where do you record most of your stuff?
In my bedroom. We used to rent an old warehouse space in a converted flour mill, so we recorded some of Lost In Low Cloud in there one crazy weekend with Ned from Dappled Cities Fly. These days it's all layered on my trusty desktop computer in my bedroom. Bats, cats, dogs, and buses make cameos on our records!
What's your favourite piece of equipment?
It's a toss up between my fine line pen (0.2 so I can fit a lot on a page!) and a dictaphone. The dictaphone is great for sticking melodies and weird chords and if you carry a pen you can always write lyrics and thematic ideas on your arms and friends' foreheads. Inspiration is sadly fleeting with these feeble human brains so you kinda have to be prepared to catch it when it floats by.
What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?
Tuff Teef by I Heart Hiroshima because I was listening to their tracks on myspace a lot, then we played with them in Sydney and they were brilliant live. It didn't hurt that their album sleeve has ace drawings done by their guitarist Cameron. It's amazing how fresh such stripped back music can sound when it comes from the right place...er...Brisbane!
What do you do when you're not making music?
We're all lucky enough to have interests outside of music that find a way of cross-pollinating. I illustrate, create posters and design websites for bands/filmmakers/artists. Chrishan films and interviews bands/artists/designers. Christopher "Judge" Rudge works in entertainment law and menswear.
What's the best thing you've done so far musically in your opinion?
The best thing that we did was to make sure that we spent a lot of time writing, recording bedroom demos, agonising over lyrics and mastering our instruments in the dead of the night before giving in to our attention cravings and getting a myspace / booking shows / putting our cds in strangers record collections when they weren't looking. I guess it's that art school work ethic shining through, where you keep your nose to the grindstone until your head spins. Hopefully this results in songs that are overflowing with energy for the listener to soak up.
What have you got planned for the future?
We are touring with a band from France/UK called The Teenagers in June. We can't wait! Then an album in the next twelve months. We still love the album format, so it's a big goal of ours.
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