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:::::: THE HOTSEAT ::::::
:::::: PUSH OVER 2006 ::::::

When: Monday 13 March
Where: Luna Park, Lower Esplanade St Kilda, Victoria
Hip pocket: $49.40
Who : Grinspoon, Frenzal Rhomb, The Hot Lies, Butterfingers, Parkway Drive, The Getaway Plan, The Gingers, Equills, Jezroc, MC Mantra.
How old: All ages.
Other details: http://www.thepush.asn.au/

:::::: LINDSAY - FRENZAL RHOMB ::::::

THE BASICS
Name : joe hansen
Band : grinspoon
Job In Band : bass player
Website Address : www.grinspoon.com
Hometown : lismore
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown : not much at the moment unfortunately

THE BAND

What's the story behind the name?
There`s a bloke named dr grinspoon who as a professor at Harvard university. He co-authored a book with a dr balarka that pat had- I`m glad we went with the first dr`s name.

How did the band come together?
Phil and kris begged us to have a jam with them so cause they knew they`d go no-where without us.

How long has the band been around?
About ten years, four albums and over a thousand gigs- but we still make mistakes!!

How would you describe your sound?
rock

What's your current release?
Tell us a little about it. We just bought out a best of called Best In Show to celebrate ten years together.

OFF THE STAGE

When did you decide you had to be a musician, and how did you go about it?
When I was about 15 I asked my mum to buy me a bass cause my brothers played guitar and drums.

What was your first band name and what style did you play?
We didn`t really have a name and we also didn`t really have a style- I guess we were really quite rubbish..

Tell us three albums you couldn't live without in your collection.
Rage against the machine debut
Midnight oil- 10..1
Rancid- life won`t wait

Best piece of musical advice you've been given.
Listen to what the others are playing too!!

Two groups/artists you'd love to take out on the road.
The Thompson twins and dexy`s midnight runners

Favourite song of your group?
The ones we`re writing at the moment

The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is.
Long drives, bad food and not much sleep.. really it`s hitting the stage with the adrenalin pumping each night.

The thing you least look forward to before a tour is.
See above

When your not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing?
Watching cricket and playing lawn bowls

ON THE STAGE / ROAD

What gear do you use?
Warwick basses and eden heads and cabs. I also have a few fx pedals such as a sovtek big muff distortion, an EB octave pedal and an EB envelope filter. Oh and a morley bass wah

Favourite place (city/town/country) you've toured. and why?
New york, LA and London- each city has it`s own vibe but they`re all full of stuff to check out and are steeped in musical history

Favorite venue to perform at. and why?
CBGB`S in new york. This is the dingiest little venue ever but playing there was a huge highlight as it was pretty much the birthplace of American punk rock. I think it`s been levelled now.

Who hogs the stereo in the van the most?
Phil likes to play dj but it`s basically whoever gets to ride shotgun in the tarago.

After a week in the van/bus on tour which band member will have the messiest section, and what would we most likely find stashed there?
Phil is reknowned for his disgusting hygiene, and even after a few days old food scraps, drinks and an array of unidentifiable muck can be found swilling around in the door pockets.

Who in your group has the worst "bad habit" on tour, and what is it?
Pat always insists on navigating from town to town, even though he has clearly no clue on how to get there. I think it stems from his deep seated resentment at failing orienteering as a child.

Most embarrassing moment on tour?
I knocked myself out doing a massive jump off the kick drum when I forgot the venue had an extremely low roof. It was the very last note of the gig and I woke up with pat looking down at me seeing if I was all right. Nice ending..

Give us a good quick 'on the road' story, funny, embarrassing, memorable, whatever.
We left kris at a truck stop in new mexico for 36 hours after he got off the bus unnoticed late at night for a piss. He had no money so he had to bro down with some gangster types who were hanging around. They took him to a house in the hood where he was told he had to count 1000`s of dollars in cash and all their ammo or they`d staple his hands together. When we picked him up he had a new tattoo of the gangs name, "the skulls", they`d forced him to get. Turned one of the gang members is now a rapper called the `lil rascal who`s toured with 50 cent and the only reason they let kris go was cause he was a drummer.

RIGHT NOW

What's getting the most spins in your stereo right now?
The eels

Tell us a band or artist everyone should check out and why.
gyroscope have one of the best live shows in Australia and are a good one to keep an eye on..

If you could change one thing about the music industry today, what would it be?
It would be nice to see A&R guys (the ones that are supposed to sign bands) actually out at gigs discovering them, not waiting for a manager to tell them about the latest pre-determined "hot thing".

:::::: LINDSAY - FRENZAL RHOMB ::::::

THE BASICS
Name : Lindsay McDougall
Band : Frenzal Rhomb
Job In Band : Employment under review – currently guitar and 3rd wheel backing vocals
Website Address : www.frenzalrhomb.com.au
Hometown : A peaceful, insular little hamlet known as the Sutherland Shire
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown : The rise of White Power bands.

THE BAND

What’s the story behind the name?
One upon a time there was a band named Frenzal Rhomb, and they lived happily ever after.

How did the band come together?
With a couple of years of synchronised practicing with a stopwatch, a small bucket and a group towel.

How long has the band been around?
12 years if it were a day

How would you describe your sound?
A fashionable melonge of angst ridden, deeply personal lyrics, abrasive, emotive riffery and rapid-fire drum attacks, played by striking black-tshirted bad-boys, the toughness of their neck tattoos softened by the androgynous femininity of their mascara. Oh, wait, that’s every other punk rock band.

What’s your current release? Tell us a little about it…
We put out an album of new stuff, Sans Souci, about 3 years ago; and a compilation of old deleted stuff, For The Term Of Their Unnatural Lives, a bit after that; and are currently listening to the top 10 on the VH1 – alternative charts, trying to think up new ideas for another album, due out mid-06, or whenever KissChasy send us the B-sides they don’t need.

OFF THE STAGE

When did you decide you had to be a musician, and how did you go about it?
Started learning guitar when I was 14, coz my music teacher wanted me to learn piano (yep, fucking the system even then). Subsequently learnt to play every half-arsed seattle song from Pearl Jam to Alice In Chains, and back to Pearl Jam again. The Meanies and Cosmic Psychos played with Pearl Jam at Eastern Creek, and I shifted my gaze a little closer to home. Left School, went to uni, joined Frenzal Rhomb, left uni, disgraced family, rinsed, repeated.

What was your first band name and what style did you play?
Okay, this is a little embarrassing. In years 7 and 8 I remember playing a couple of horrific gigs in bands called something as inventive as the Time Bandits. Then, in year 9 and 10 Negla Delta belted out the hits of 90’s Seattle to a mostly unimpressed audience.

Tell us three albums you couldn’t live without in your collection:
Highway to Hell – ACDC,
Less Talk More Rock – Propagandhi,
My Daughter The Broad – The Frogs

Best piece of musical advice you’ve been given:
Rock On, Regardless – some dude from the Radiators, who signed my CD once.

Two groups/artists you’d love to take out on the road:
The Frogs (we’ve tried, they won’t tour Australia), Kanye West.

Favourite song of your group?
Of all new tracks we’re working on, my favourite right now is one that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the divisive role the security barrier has played in it. It’s called “Rabbi-proof fence”

The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is:
Getting to jump around like a fool for an hour in front of people who pay to see me jump around like a fool for an hour.

The thing you least look forward to before a tour is:
Being so old and unfit I can realistically only jump around like a fool for 3 and a half minutes before collapsing in a crumpled, pitiful, asthma-ridden heap.

When you’re not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing?
Talking shit for three hours a day, thinking up shit to talk about the other 21.

ON THE STAGE / ROAD

What gear do you use?
Marshall JCM-800 with a Gibson SG plugged into it, via some crappy second hand Boss overdrive, distortion, octave, wah and delay pedals connected by a labyrinth of dodgy cables, all perfectly set up so that every single set, at least once, something goes wrong. You can set your watch by it. In fact, we should run a competition where contestants guess the time in the set that my side of the stage falls embarrassingly silent, and the winner gets the offending pedal, cable, guitar or amp thrown at their head.

Favourite place (city/town/country) you’ve toured… and why?
It takes a lot for me to say this, but I must begrudgingly finally accept that Melbourne, due to it’s massive array of vegan dining options, is better than Sydney.

Favourite venue to perform at… and why?
Annandale in Sydney’s pretty tops, but let’s face it, give us a rider, a stage and a foldback speaker and we couldn’t care where we play.

Who hogs the stereo in the van the most?
Gordy. Not just the most, completely.

After a week in the van/bus on tour which band member will have the messiest section, and what would we most likely find stashed there?
Me. I tend to spread my filth evenly over any place I spend more than 4 minutes in. This includes apple cores, empty chip packets, left-over soggy tofu burgers, melted tubs of nuttelex, congealed soy milk, alcoholic cider, support band demo CDs, copies of Vegan Voice with the centerfold ripped out, dirty tissues.

Most embarrassing moment on tour?
Guitar behind head, fly broken, dude out.

Give us a good quick ‘on the road’ story, funny, embarrassing, memorable, whatever…
South Africa: Tom our bassplayer is hungover, given “Headache pill”, which is really a laxative, before a six hour drive. Twenty minutes later as he pleads for the car to be stopped and jumps out to run into bushes, Gordy pulls out a BB gun. Fires at Tom. Tom doesn’t have those pants anymore.

RIGHT NOW


What’s getting the most spins in your stereo right now?
A band from Canada called Metric that a friend sent me. You’ve never heard of them. That makes me infinitely cooler than you. Until you do hear of them, when I’ll suddenly hate them.

Tell us a band or artist everyone should check out and why…
See above, and also that band that you’ve heard of that I haven’t, which makes you infinitely cooler than me.

If you could change one thing about the music industry today, what would it be?
The early starts.

:::::: EVIL EDDIE - BUTTERFINGERS ::::::

THE BASICS
Name : Evil Eddie
Band : Butterfingers
Job In Band : Stunt man
Website Address : www.butterfingers.info
Hometown : Brisneyland
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown : Alcohol

THE BAND

What's the story behind the name?
No story, its more of a poem.

How did the band come together?
Simultaneous masturbation.

How long has the band been around?
For about six years, from 1968 through 1975, the Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, their music embraced by critics (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the public) as seriously as the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Their albums were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any records by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan. And for a long time, their personalities were as recognizable individually to the casual music public as the members of the Beatles… etc…etc…

How would you describe your sound?
Usually best above 95db.

What's your current release? Tell us a little about it…
Figjam is the most current release and it's a single that got us 11th place in the Triple J hottest one hundred this year (thanx to everyone who voted) and is a nasty little piece of work that went further than anyone ever expected.

OFF THE STAGE

When did you decide you had to be a musician, and how did you go about it?
I've been playing harmonica since I was in the womb and my whole life has been a natural progression from there.

What was your first band name and what style did you play?
The first originals band I was in was called "Ron Jeremy" and we played a kind of Helmet influenced heavy ass instrumental style of music that my parents and neighbors alike, hated us for.

Tell us three albums you couldn't live without in your collection
Ernest Ranglin - Below the Bassline
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

Best piece of musical advice you've been given
"Shut up and play something!"

Two groups/artists you'd love to take out on the road
I'm not a violent man but if I had to take out anyone it would be…Pussycat Dolls 1st up and… um…Backstreet Boys I suppose.

Favourite song of your group?
Let It Burn. Its on our first EP.

The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is
Getting the hell out of Brisbane. No disrespect but, you know…

The thing you least look forward to before a tour is
Bad Food, Long Travel Days, No Sleep, Hangovers. I know that's a few things but it all blends into this one feeling of self loathing.

When your not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing?
Sleeping.

ON THE STAGE / ROAD

What gear do you use?
I do not use or condone the use of any illegal substances whatsoever.

Favourite place (city/town/country) you've toured… and why?
We just played at a place called Cummings in S.A. and I got to fly the light aircraft we were in, back to Adelaide so that's been a highlight as of late.

Favourite venue to perform at… and why?
The Zoo in Brisbane. Its like playing at home.

Who hogs the stereo in the van the most?
Me. But I try to keep everyone happy with my selections.

After a week in the van/bus on tour which band member will have the messiest section, and what would we most likely find stashed there?
Damien, you could find anything there if you looked hard enough but even if we were in the snow, I know, you would not find a jumper in there. He finds them unnecessary. Whatever.

Who in your group has the worst "bad habit" on tour, and what is it?
Smak is gonna kill us all but its hard to say who is gonna drop first. We are all walking a very fine line at the moment.

Most embarrassing moment on tour?
Walking on stage with no pants on. Man that was stupid. I just forgot and nobody told me. It was my worst nightmare come true.

Give us a good quick 'on the road' story, funny, embarrassing, memorable, whatever…
I once ate a whole block of string cheese and it busted my sphincter muscle on the way out, and we were right in the middle of a tour so I had to finish it off with these itchy as hell stitches in my ass.

RIGHT NOW

What's getting the most spins in your stereo right now?
Mos Def-Black on Both Sides

Tell us a band or artist everyone should check out and why…
TZU, I just think they are a really good Australian band that probably doesn't get as much attention as they deserve.

If you could change one thing about the music industry today, what would it be?
The people.

:::::: PETE - THE HOT LIES ::::::

THE BASICS
Name :
Pete
Band : The Hot Lies
Job In Band : Vocals
Website Address : www.thehotlies.com
Hometown : Adelaide
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown : The city is small enough that you can go to plenty of shows without a lot of effort so people are always discovering new bands.

THE BAND


What's the story behind the name?

The other names were taken.

How did the band come together?
Listening to each others' old bands through the walls of the same scumbag rehearsal rooms.

How long has the band been around?
About two years.

How would you describe your sound?
I can't keep up with those labels.

What's your current release? Tell us a little about it…
Heart Attacks and Callous Acts. It was recorded in Melbourne and when we rocked up in the studio we had to wait for a different producer to copy Shannon Noll demos he'd just recorded off the hard drive.

OFF THE STAGE

When did you decide you had to be a musician, and how did you go about it?
Saw Adelaide band The Numbskulls play. Bought a guitar from Cash Converters the next week.

What was your first band name and what style did you play?
Out of Order. It was old-school hardcore. Started out playing Numbskulls covers though.

Tell us three albums you couldn't live without in your collection
Sunny Day Real Estate - The Rising Tide.
Lifetime - can't decide between the last two albums.
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream.

Best piece of musical advice you've been given
Be careful you'll meet a lot of arseholes

Two groups/artists you'd love to take out on the road
Lifetime, Silent Majority

Favourite song of your group?
Ghosts and Mirrors

The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is
Hay Plain sing-a-longs

The thing you least look forward to before a tour is

The Hay Plain

When your not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing?
Working to buy band-related stuff

ON THE STAGE / ROAD

What gear do you use?
One house mic

Favourite place (city/town/country) you've toured… and why?
I like the places in the middle of nowhere best

Favourite venue to perform at… and why?
Heaven, Adelaide. Best sound and best place to watch bands too but they fkn closed the thing.

Who hogs the stereo in the van the most?
We're supposed to take turns but last time I chose the tunes I got told "reminisce on your own time".

After a week in the van/bus on tour which band member will have the messiest section, and what would we most likely find stashed there?
Jared. Socks, jocks, pipe, tin etc. Oh and he's got no respect for other people's gear so you're likely to find lots of your own shit spilled all over his section.

Who in your group has the worst "bad habit" on tour, and what is it?
Josh likes to stress out a lot. "When are we gonna eat? Is there vego food there? What time do we have to be there? Do I have enough time for a shower. Faaaaaark there's no hot water left you cunts!" It's kinda funny to watch it all unfold.

Most embarrassing moment on tour?
At the moment it probably has to be the recent BDO in Adelaide. I forgot to eat all day and so the beers hit me. I can't remember being on stage. Apparently it sounded sweet but in-between songs I was slurring words and repeating myself. I just wish I could remember.

Give us a good quick 'on the road' story, funny, embarrassing, memorable, whatever…
The last show we played was a festival in the middle of nowhere SA and we couldn't find Josh at the end and we told him we were leaving. So we left him there and drove 80kms back to the town. He caught a ride easy enough but he wasn't happy. We thought it was funny when he rocked up about 4am.

RIGHT NOW

What's getting the most spins in your stereo right now?
Panic @ the Disco

Tell us a band or artist everyone should check out and why…
I went to see a burlesque show for the Fringe last night called La Clique. Best show I've ever seen. The dancers were also acrobats and this hot girl pulled a handkerchief out of her vagina (although, I think that might have been a trick on the eyes)

If you could change one thing about the music industry today, what would it be?
More burlesque antics in rock.

:::::: WINSTON - PARKWAY DRIVE ::::::

THE BASICS
Name :
Winston
Band : Parkway Drive
Job In Band : Yell and take up space
Website Address : www.parkwaydriverock.com
Hometown : Byron Bay, fuck yeah
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown : It's all ages and we built it all ourselves. By the kids, for the kids.

THE BAND

What's the story behind the name?

It's the name of the street or drummer lives on. His family has housed and looked after all of us and so many of byron's bands through out the year. It's for them

How did the band come together?
At the time the scene in Byron was pretty small. We'd all been in bands before so we all new each other. We wanted to try something new (yeah "metalcore" was new to us back then) so we started this. Plus we enlisted shred master Jeff on guitar to trip everyone out, who would have guessed he would be good.

How long has the band been around?
3 years I think, I lose track, I'm old.

How would you describe your sound?
Heavy and fast, with lots of surfing bits

What's your current release? Tell us a little about it…

killing with a smile. it's 12 songs of fast heavy metallic, melodic, angry, moshy, thrashy, byron music. We wrote songs that we enjoyed, and would want to hear if we bought a cd. That's pretty much it.

OFF THE STAGE

When did you decide you had to be a musician, and how did you go about it?
hahahaha, I have no idea about any that. I'm just a kid from Byron who somehow ended up screaming in bands. Definitely not planned

What was your first band name and what style did you play?
Blueprint For A Nightmare. Bad Byron bay hardcore

Tell us three albums you couldn't live without in your collection
The cure: boy's don't cry
Bad Religion: Suffer
Hatebreed: Satisfaction is the Death of Desire

Best piece of musical advice you've been given

Sleep is good

Two groups/artists you'd love to take out on the road
The ghosts of Elvis and Johnny Cash

Favourite song of your group?

Gun's for Show, Knives for a Pro

The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is
Free cokes at shows

The thing you least look forward to before a tour is
Long distance relationships

When your not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing?
Jumping off stuff. Hanging with friends. Surfing and being lazy

ON THE STAGE / ROAD


What gear do you use?
Coke and sugar

Favourite place you've toured.. and why
the Crafter residence in Aldinga. Best family ever. His dad took a drunken wizz in a bin. Classic. Just for the record, every one of Crafter's dodgy stories is true.

Favourite venue to perform at… and why?

HQ in perth. Best venue ever. Absolute Chaos.

Who hogs the stereo in the van the most?

Benjamin Gordon

After a week in the van/bus on tour which band member will have the messiest section, and what would we most likely find stashed there?

Ben. Everything will be found everywhere. By that time his section will have taken over several other people's sections. It will mostly be clothes and rotten fruit, and food he bought from home three weeks earlier that he's still going to "snap" so he doesn't have to buy food.

Who in your group has the worst "bad habit" on tour, and what is it?
Jeff wears no underwear and doesn't yet have the hang of keeping his pants up. I think he's too short or something.

Most embarrassing moment on tour?
Way to many to name.

Give us a good quick 'on the road' story, funny, embarrassing, memorable, whatever…

Halfway between Bendigo and the hay plains we got bored, so we found a bunch of kangaroos and started stalking them for some reason. Anyway, we ended up getting super close to them. They got pissed. For the record kangaroos can kick. Hard. Anyway, we bolted, but one of them caught Ben and kicked the shit out of him. Smashed him straight in the chin and chest. So from then on he has a permanently large chin and swollen pecs that look like they've been inflated with a pump

RIGHT NOW

What's getting the most spins in your stereo right now?
50 lions

Tell us a band or artist everyone should check out and why…
50 lions. They're from Byron and they'll put you in your fucking place

If you could change one thing about the music industry today, what would it be?
Burn Australian idol to the fucking ground, and shove wasabi in Lee Harding's eyes.