King Parrot will be in Canberra on November 9 for Bastardfest.

King Parrot will be in Canberra on November 9 for Bastardfest. Photo: Supplied

THRASH METAL

What are you listening to on the road? Usually I'm listening to one of the other band members giving me the wrong directions to the venue or whinging about something. Musically, anything that's not metal. Lately I've been listening to the Beatles a lot.

What's your favourite instrument? I would have to say the microphone. Some would argue that it's not an instrument, but I disagree; it's all about how you use it.

What's your earliest musical moment? When I was four years old, playing in a pretend band with my friends called the Frogs. We would strum tennis racquets and play the pots and pans with La Bamba pumping.

What's your favourite post-gig pastime? Selling merchandise … I've invented new sales techniques to encourage drunk punters to buy our stuff. It involves some slick use of the English language and a knife.

What's the greatest thing you have seen on stage? A few weeks ago, I saw a schooner glass come flying at me and hit me in the face while we were playing. That was pretty great. The dude who threw it copped a barrage of fists and got dragged out.

Who are your musical heroes? Pig Champion from Poison Idea, GG Allin, Bon Scott, Keith Moon.

What are your vices? I use to be a raging drinker and abuser of illicit substances, but these days my vices are water and fruit.

Who would you most like to tour with? A band like Municipal Waste; they are great live.

What's your latest recording? Our new album Bite Your Head Off is out now and available at record stores or directly from us at: kingparrot.bigcartel.com.

Describe your sound? Our sound has been described as a mix between thrash, grind and punk music.

What's your favourite gig of all time? Black Sabbath at Donington.

Tell us something about where you grew up and how it influenced your sound? I grew up in a little town in regional Victoria that was boring as hell, and not much to do as a teenager other than get drunk and stoned. I didn't really like school, so I got into music and vented my frustration that way. I'm still doing the same thing today.

What would you be doing if you weren't a musician? I'm studying psychology, so one day I will hopefully be doing that.

What is something we don't know about you? I'm clean and sober for almost one year.

Anything else you want to tell us? Come and say hello at Bastardfest and buy our merch'. It will increase your chances of going home with someone by about 15 per cent.

 

King Parrot @ Bastardfest

WITH: I Exist, Blood Duster and Aeon of Horus

WHERE: The Basement

WHEN: November 9

TICKETS: $28.60 from moshtix.com.au