What are you listening to on the road?
Tom Waits, Dream Theater, Zu, and Bloodbath.
What's your favourite instrument?
The Theremin... or the Mellotron...
What's your earliest musical moment?
Sitting in on Irish sessions when I was too young to know left from right.
How do you prepare for a gig?
I warm up my vocals, warm up on guitar/mandolin and then give them a tune. Then I get pumped up and ready to go... and then forget half my stuff.
What's your favourite post-gig pastime?
Chatting to the other bands, meeting the crowd, and having exactly 100 beers.
What's the greatest thing you have seen on stage?
A few things, though most recently at an Alestorm show they had a bar of sorts set up on the drumkit. There were bottles of Captain Morgan's Rum, vodka, Kahlua, and even a bottle of milk. They were all upside down and ready to pour, all the bands were helping themselves the whole night. It was great. Pity the crowd couldn't join though.
What's your most treasured possession?
My ear drums.
What's your best piece of touring advice?
Be rich and own a van, a bus, or a blimp.
Who are your musical heroes?
Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Daniel Gildenlow, Mike Patton... this question is hard.
What are your vices?
Snacks, juice, a short temper but lots of patience, and an unhealthy addiction to changing time signatures.
What's on your dream rider?
A lounge chair, steak, VIP bar access, transport to somewhere to sleep, and good times are mandatory.
Who would you most like to tour with?
There are many bands I'd like to tour with, and for different reasons. I'd like to tour with pretty much any band that I enjoy really.
What was your musical epiphany?
When I realised where sounds and expectations meet. And that terrible noises can be a lot of fun.
Is there any music you don't listen to?
Yes, but unfortunately I have to hear it anyway in cars, bars, shops, etc.
What's your latest recording?
Our yet-to-be-named album.
Describe your sound?
Dynamic, eclectic, intricate, and adventurous. Each song has it's own direction that can be anything from a nice drive down an empty highway to throwing a Japanese subway map into a clothes dryer. There's a lot to explain, so you'll just have to come hear it to find out!
What's your favourite gig of all time?
All of them. Except for the ones that are bad.
What would be your dream touring destination?
Throughout Europe. So many festivals, so many countries.
Tell us something about where you grew up and how it influenced your sound?
I grew up with a lot of Irish music. A lot. Just... a lot. And on the other side of the family there was a lot of rock and old school metal like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. I moved around a lot, but spent most of my time in a small town by the beach. I made friends with people who were very different from each other, I suppose that could have only helped.
Then there's the guys in the band, everyone has a diverse taste but we're all still so different from each other. And I think that works perfectly for us.
What would you be doing if you weren't a musician?
I'd be doing a lot of sitting down, laying down, and occasionally rolling over.
Or maybe I'd consider a career in film, just because.
What is something we don’t know about you?
I'm not a vegetarian.
What does the future hold?
An unreasonable amount of music and many shows.
Where: The Basement, Canberra
When: Saturday, October 23
Tickets: At the door
Where: Newcastle District Tennis Club
When: Friday, October 22
Tickets: At the door