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 started playing guitar when I was about 7, and my older brother started learning the trumpet at the same time. He ended up joining the school band and I really wanted to join but they would only take bass, so my Mum bought me a full bass and amp set up for $80 from my swimming coaches’ sister. I put Bad Boy stickers on it and gave the school band a solid crack for a few years, playing ‘Swinging Safari’ and ‘Bunyip Blues’ at the local nursing homes every Easter and thinking I was the next Nikki Sixx. Finally, I opted to try and write cringey songs with a few other guys in my year 5 class instead, and it was so much fun.
I think everyone in Stupid Baby played nursing homes to begin with….
We’ve all been friends for a quite a while but were playing in other bands around the place, so when we finally stopped talking about making Stupid Baby and finally started jamming and writing in 2017, it was so exciting and felt right.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
The song revolves around my insecurities and anxieties blended into a fast two-minute song about losing control and letting Mr. Zil take over. This song shows our more frantic and heavier side, and I took it as an opportunity to show the influence from our favourite Aussie post-punk lyricists and poets.
It was written really quickly, and very openly and honestly, so it was important for us to just capture that energy as it came out in the room. I feel most people can relate to fantasising about completely letting go, it’s kinda fun and it makes shit weird, just like this song.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
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?
Sounds like a group of Bratz Dollz who are dating the guys from Viagra Boys but secretly have a crush on the old dudes from Swans.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Old Man Gloom (Ape of God),
Murder Ballads (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds),
Songs for the Deaf (Queens of The Stone Age)
Movies – Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, Fight Club, 1917
Books – The Belgariad, Benjamin Button, Cleo Magazine Issue 153
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Performing live is so much fun, the nerves, excitement and energy are some of the funnest feelings when they are thrown into a sweaty room with people going nuts. But with Stupid Baby there are some really productive nights that we jam in the studio and it’s nice to share those moments with just us.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
One night we had a show in a small pub in our hometown. Mid set our bass player Eli noticed a guy standing side stage and starring straight at him. The guy was really little and around the age of 54. He kind of looked like a mix between Bill Bailey and Sloth from the Goonies.
He had a Jackson model Flying V (white) in one hand and a rolled-up guitar lead in the other. He looked as if he was going to hand the guitar to one of us? Was this little man a tech?
After a while, everyone was well aware of the man’s tiny presence.
Then just like that, he slipped the strap (‘police line do not cross’) over his head and waddled onto the stage making a B-line for the bass rig. All the while we are mid song, and assumed the guy was a tech so nobody did anything. Before we knew it, the guy was plugged in and absolutely soaring through the 2nd channel of the bass rig. He began blessing the audience with what we assume was “Everlong” by The Foo Fighters but it was hard to make it out over our own noise.
The guy was looking super enthusiastic but kept looking at our hands and screaming out different chords for us to play. We were all super confused at this stage and stopped playing because we were laughing so hard. As soon as Liz’s mic became vacant, the little man (54) wasted no time and walked up to the mic and screamed “Thank you Seattle!”
He dropped his guitar and shook all of our hands, then shuffled his way off the stage in a confident Danny DeVito like fashion. We tried to find our new friend after show, but we’ve never seen or heard from him since.
We still have the white Jackson V to this day and hope to one day get it back into the little hands of the little man.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I think it’s yet to be released….
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Our plans are pretty simple…… Write together, jam together. Whenever we can, whenever we want.
Hopefully that turns into playing more shows, which in turn results in more band family dinners.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Who would win in a fight between Kylie and Dannii Minogue?
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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