Fat Mans Cleavage
Frenzal Rhomb, Operation Ivy
This is a punk band with punk attitude. They've had chairs thrown at them and people spit on them but it just makes them play harder, faster and with more passion.
Interview: 29 September 2006
Fat Man's Cleavage are the QLD winners of our Taste of Chaos competition. Find out more about this competiton and view the winners from other states. more »
What can the QLD crowd at Taste of Chaos expect when you hit the stage?
How much are tickets this year? “Disappointment”, springs to mind.
Who’s been a big musical influence for you? What inspires you??
If you can’t tell by listening to us, then we’re not going to give away who we’ve been ripping off.
We’ve been inspired by all the hardworking people we’ve met through the band. Tym’s guitars inspires us because it offers its’ customers complete honesty. I’ve never seen any business operate with such opacity. Luke Reicheldt inspires us, by being the most dedicated punk rock producer in Qld.
If you’re a punk band cutting a record, this is the progression of producers you’re after:
------------------------------ Everyone else below this line (where they
Blackmarket Records inspires us. I don’t see any other record labels walking down the mall, handing out free compilation records to promote its’ bands. It’s amazing how few bands even put up fliers for their shows!
Tell us about the QLD punk music scene.?
We have the best punk bands in this country. Hands down. There is so few bands interstate who actually do their own thing compared to B-town. There’s been an honesty and intensity here since farmer Joh first tried to stamp it
out, and everyone in this country knows it. We do it harder, faster and with more passion than anywhere else.
What’s the best thing about being in Fat Mans Cleavage??
When Razor throws up before a show. Everytime the publican breaks Basto out of the paddy wagon when we’re in Roma. Getting paid to be a shit band.
...and the worst?
There’s a lot of worsts: Getting spat on, being banned from venues (and now 2 festivals, we think?), driving 3000kms to Townsville and getting paid $32.50 for a show that had 235 kids. Getting chairs thrown at us (Panic at
the Disco should shut the hell up and be happy it was just a bottle - Chairs hurt more, trust us), having a hate club (they’ve sold quite a few shirts apparently) and taking shit from people who have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.
What’s the biggest challenge facing your band at the moment??
We’re unaware of a challenge we aren’t facing, but the biggest one at the moment would have to be national distribution. Shock keeps ignoring my emails, so a big F**k You! goes out to them courtesy, yours truly.
Australian music is…
Underrated. This country has a horrible tendency to not believe in itself/its people until they make it overseas. I’d rather pay $8 to see a local band destroy their set, than $60 to see Pennywise go through the motions.