What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
My parents were and still are a massive influence – we were always listening to music when I was growing up and going to shows and we still do that together now – there was loads of Motown, Mersey Sound and British bands and singers – songs with a good groove, solid hook and a strong vocal. The bass always grabbed me as a cool instrument and it seemed to be such an important part of a lot of that music – so that’s where I started – plus Suzie Quatro plays one 😉.
I have been writing, recording and performing original music for many years – and whilst I have really enjoyed all the music that I have been a part of – the Good Will Remedy material is something I really love – creating with band members Rob, Mitch and Dave makes me happy.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Caroline is a song about a girl – about planning a break up with said girl and how best to have the last word on the way out…the song was initially written around a tuning I picked up (see borrowed) from Steve Earle via a You Tube video; its less about the tuning and more about the placement of the capo.
As with all the tracks recorded for the upcoming EP the song was captured live – with the only over dubs being vocals. Our plan with all these recordings was to capture the songs as soon as possible after they were written and brought to the band and were semi-comfortable – as I think songs can become overly safe and little too smooth the more they are played, parts tend to get overly complicated and the initial excitement for the song slowly dissipates – they can lose that certain energy – whether its energy based on not F’king up or energy surrounding the fact its a new song…it’s that energy that I think is important to try and keep – energy for the songs, for the performances and for the creative process in general – it’s something we spoke about and we really wanted to capture this time around and I think Caroline is good example of that approach.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Long-standing influences like The Black Crowes, Tom Petty, Jason Isbell, Drive by Truckers – but also local Brisbane and Australian artists have provided more and more influence over the past few years; there are some world class artists locally, get out and support them!
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Southern Fried – Alt counteyesque – Americana…
Why should you listen to it? Because it’s good.
We do lean more toward rock than perhaps other Americana artists – and we ‘ere ok with that!
In all seriousness Caroline provides a pretty good snapshot of what we are all about…
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Black Crowes – Southern Harmony
Tom Petty – Damn the Torpedoes
ZZ Top – Tre Hombres
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I’m gonna cheat and say both in equal measures – the studio requires a different approach in comparison to live – live is about the show while the studio is about the song – creativity and breathing……they can co-exist…! Did I convince you?!
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Um…yep there is a few of them….but this one is more recent.
We recently played as part of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and we left it a little late to book accommodation – so we ended up sleeping on the floor of the local High School – Class Room 11A in fact! All of us plus a couple of extras sprayed across the floor under chewing gummed tables… A REAL experience that’s for sure!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Mondays Tunnel off our last album or Something in Your Way of the upcoming EP – the performances and production really bring the song to life; the arrangements are a little different too – and given how often us band members listen to the songs – these two still stand up.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We have a Single Launch Party for Caroline at Leftys Old Time Music Hall in Brisbane on March 9 and we are looking at releasing another single in April followed up by the EP in May.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Leftys is where you recorded a recent Live EP right?
True, we recorded our entire show in December last year and the recordings came out really well – so we decided to grab 4 of our favorite tracks and release them to all the streaming sites under the moniker – Live at Leftys…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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