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
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown : The rise of
White Power bands.
What’s the story behind the name?
One upon a time there was a band named Frenzal Rhomb, and they lived happily
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
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,
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
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,
When you’re not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found
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
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,
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.
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.