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.
I think I first thing that made me want to join a band was the attitude I saw being projected from both punk and rock bands. It just seemed dangerous and exciting. I had no idea what instrument I wanted to play, I just wanted to be involved in the scene.
After playing for several years in The Mayfairs, myself and guitarist Matt Carson began a new project and recruited drummer Graeme White. Originally started as a way to finish The Mayfairs album the band developed its own energy and style and so Tablefox was born. The band expanded to a five piece over the next few years before finally settling on the current 4 piece with Chris Dickinson (bass) and Arie Harris (drums).
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Desire or Love’ sees Tablefox return with three minutes of high energy post punk riff n roll while retaining vocal melodies that immediately hook into the cerebellum.
The song was born out of 12 weeks of strict lock down in New Zealand. The band hit the studio the week straight after lock down to get this track recorded with the intensity and emotion it was created with.
An international sound complimented by the mastering of Ryan Smith (Greta Van Fleet, AC/DC) and recorded by Scott Seabright (Mumford & Sons. Six60, Passenger),”Desire or Love” is the 3rd single from Tablefox’s forthcoming 3rd album.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Placebo, David Bowie, Dinosaur Jr, Echo and the Bunnymen, Neil Young, Husker Du, Led Zeppelin
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?
I would say the NZ music scene is quite unique in the world and that has a bearing on what influences you. Kiwi’s also love to grab hold of what’s happening around the world and integrate it into New Zealand culture. So we aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, we are just doing what comes from the mix of our 4 personalities and styles. The rock bands we tend to like predominantly come out of the UK so that culture gets mixed in with ours but there is also a very unique energy that just happens as part of living in NZ and this definitely gives the music a certain definition that sets it apart. The key thing with Tablefox’s music is the emotive intensity that goes into it- the songs are written together in a room playing each part that comes naturally, this process forms the bones of all the songs.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Keith Richards by Victor Bockris
Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run
REM: Out of Time
Dinosaur Jr- Green Mind
Neil Young- Harvest
The Karate Kid
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Both equally are cool although lately I think under the circumstances playing live would be top of the list.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
The time we travelled to Australia and played in the Gold Coast and played a show after not stopping or sleeping after a day of interviews, no one can really remember much of the night, total blank!…we are told the show went well.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Probably the track ‘Let Me Go’ It’s a big reverb drenched atmospheric track that is less driving rock/punk than tracks such as ‘Something Better’, more of an immersive sound that speaks to a challenging period for the band between our first and second albums.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Concentrating fully on new singles and releasing our new album “IV” in early 2021 and hopefully getting back to touring again when the world settles down!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What keeps you going in the music industry?
That moment when we all get in a room together and a new song arrives, the look from everyone as we try to mould this newly forming piece of music and then getting to share it live for the first time and feeling the reaction.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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