On the road ...
The Trouble With Templeton
What are you listening to on the road? I'm listening to the National at this very moment, I've pretty much covered their entire catalogue so far.
What's your favourite instrument? I love guitar mostly because it's what I play but they're all pretty special.
What's your earliest musical moment? Playing air guitar and lip-synching to Johnny B. Goode from Back to the Future.
How do you prepare for a gig? I like to watch live footage of bands I love. It's also important to us to have some hang time together and a little band huddle just before we go out.
What's your favourite post-gig pastime? We had some great hang times with Husky on the tour we supported them for, but I think my favourite moments are thinking about a great show we played before I go to bed.
What's the greatest thing you have seen on stage? I've seen Death Cab for Cutie every single time they've come to Brisbane during the past four years, and they always blow my mind. Grizzly Bear at Harvest Festival was also incredible.
What's your most treasured possession? That's a hard one! I keep and collect a lot of things, and most of what I own carries a sentimental value, so it's almost impossible to choose just one, but my guitar has been with me on every tour, so it has to be pretty high up there.
What's your best piece of touring advice? Get as much sleep as you can and enjoy yourself.
Who are your musical heroes? The Beatles, Tom Waits, Death Cab for Cutie, the National, Elbow, Bonnie Prince Billy.
What are your vices? Coffee and eggs.
What's on your dream rider? Hmmm, vodka, red wine, coffee, sweet potato chips and plenty of water.
Who would you most like to tour with? Death Cab or Tom Waits, but it's impossible to choose just one.
What was your musical epiphany? I guess I'm/we're always discovering or having an epiphany of some sort that goes hand-in-hand with growing. We're all about growing as a band.
Is there any music you don't listen to? I love most types of music, but the worst of every genre is pretty hard to listen to. I'm not particularly a fan of country, either.
What's your latest recording? Our single Six Months in a Cast from our upcoming record, which will come out in April 2013
Describe your sound? It's along the lines of alternative melodic pop rock.
What's your favourite gig of all time? Big Sound 2012. It was our first proper show as a full band and an incredible experience.
What would be your dream touring destination? I'd love to visit the UK, I've never been and I think I'd love it. All around Europe really.
Tell us something about where you grew up and how it influenced your sound? I grew up in a beautiful suburb in Brisbane that was close to everything and surrounded by a balanced, super-creative and supportive family who always allowed me the space to do what I wanted - both creatively and personally. I think more than anything my upbringing gave me a great sense of self and respect for the arts and storytelling. My family is the kind that has to have the lights off and the curtains drawn to watch a movie, and you better not even think of talking! We love music and film, and I was taught to never underestimate the power that art can have. As a result, I take my songwriting incredibly seriously, and am always trying to stretch myself in terms of characters and lyricism
What would you be doing if you weren't a musician? Filmmaking or photography.
What is something we don't know about you? I don't have patience for people who try to push their way of living on others. Also, I love the Beyonce song Halo.
What does the future hold? More touring! We hit the road all through December, touring in celebration of our newest single. Next year we're in the studio to finish off our next album.
The Trouble With Templeton
WHERE: The Front Gallery and Cafe
WHEN: Thursday, December 13
TICKETS: $15 on door