Shoot The Shit – Revellers

June 13, 2013 | By

DIWireless_ShootShit_RevellersIn the continuation of the D.I.Wireless ‘Shoot The Shit’ interviews we speak to Canberra-based band Revellers. Born out of the demise of Lamexcuse, these guys have just released and extremely solid EP called Nighttime Lunatics and are out and about supporting it. Read on.

So how did the band come together after the demise of Lamexcuse?

After Donny (the main singer/songwriter) moved overseas, Ando and I quickly found that we couldn’t really just sit on our arses. We’ve been jamming together on a weekly basis more-or-less since we were in Year 10, so we had to keep doing something! Ando was also pretty keen to step up and sing a lot more, because he was mainly doing backup vocals in Lame’. So we got together one day at our jam space to learn a few covers for a one off show, but soon enough we found ourselves making up stuff on the spot and just jamming freely. It was shitloads of fun, so we figured we’d do it a few more times. Then we thought we may as well organise a show, and from there we went!

The songs are catchy as fuck. Is that just a hangover from putting stuff together for Lamexcuse? What’s different?

Haha cheers. There were a lot of hangovers caused by Lamexcuse. Mostly to do with the gigs we played. But as far as the Revellers songs go, I guess Josh and I wrote a lot of Lame’ songs together, so there was always going to be that similar style. But I think the biggest difference is the simplicity of these new songs when compared to Lame’. Revellers songs have way less parts, simpler structures, and simpler guitar riffs, which then allow the vocals to take more of a lead. Other things that are different include Ando now being the main singer, Gaffers playing bass and singing (well, attempting to…) more than ever, and the introduction of Dave Demaine on the tubs.

Seems like there is a bit of nostalgia on this release. Lots about good times with friends. What drew you to concentrate on that so much in these songs?

We just want our songs to reflect and feel like the good times we’ve had, and continue to have. We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously, life’s too short for that!

Your new EP was mixed and mastered by Stephen Edgerton of The Descendents. Had you heard some of his studio work or were you just keen to get involved with the man himself?

I heard his release ‘The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton’ a couple of years ago at a friend’s place and was blown away by the production. Also his work with Bodyjar (Take A Look Inside, No Touch Red) way back in the day. Fucking cool albums that changed my life. So I looked him up on the net and noticed he was offering mixing/mastering services with his own business – Armstrong Recordings. I figured there’s no harm in asking, so you can imagine I kinda lost my shit when I got the reply from him saying he was keen to work with us!

You didn’t flake on the artwork either, getting Glenno Smith (Frenzal Rhomb, The Poison City Weekender) on board. What’s the concept behind the artwork?

I really really dig Glenno’s style. The illustration is basically a caricature of a house in Canberra where Josh and Dave used to live. 11 Fenner St. Some crazy times were had there, so we tried to capture some of these stories as elements of the illustration!

Are their plans to get out on the road a bit more extensively around the country? Or do you guys find it hard to string together a tour off your own bat?

We’re keen as to get to as many new places as we can. So far, in the past couple of months, we’ve been stoked to play Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney all for the first time. And we can’t wait to get back to those places, and to anywhere else that will have us! As for getting bookings, I mean there’s always a lot of work involved organising everything, like getting venues on board, organising the bands, then getting the word out. Luckily from our time in Lame, we’re lucky to have some awesome mates in bands/venues (e.g Ebolagoldfish, Ivan Drago, Too Soon!, Chris Duke and The Royals, Drew Tweedie (North St Cafe), Steel City Allstars, Too Soon!) in other cities that have been able to help get us started.

You are based in Canberra, Australia’s capital but often the forgotten city when it comes to touring schedules and good punk music. How is the scene there these days?

Canberra can be pretty unpredictable (like anywhere) when it comes to attendance at punk shows, but at the same time we get quite a lot of mixed bill shows as well. There’s also been some pretty sweet house shows happening lately too. We’re lucky enough to have established venues such as The Phoenix, The Basement that continue to support original live music, but there’s also gigs now popping up in new places (e.g Hellenic Club, Magpies, Polish Club) which is unreal to see and hear about. Another thing I’ve noticed as a whole is that the music and arts culture here really seems to have picked up a lot in the past couple of years. Canberra seems to be growing a set of balls 😛

Got any Canberra bands you think people should keep an eye and an ear out for?

Yoko Oh No, Fires In July, No Assumption, The Reverend Jesse Custer, Super Best Friends, Los Capitanes

Finally, why do your best rugby league players always end up on the piss and leaving town?

Maybe our bouncers stopped letting them into Mooseheads?

The Revellers have just release Night Time Lunatics.

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