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What other names did you con­sider

call­ing your­selves? As a 15-year-old, An­drew rec­om­mended Red Light Dis­trict. It didn’t go fur­ther

than that rec­om­men­da­tion. Where are you from and what would be the most recog­nis­able lo­cal land­mark? Bendigo, so def­i­nitely Pop­pet Head – a min­ing tower in the mid­dle of the town. Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-mu­si­cal su­per­power? An­drew Ayres (drums, back­ing vo­cals, great with a whip­per snip­per); An­gus Ayres (vo­cals, gui­tar, Su­perMario

Brothers on the Su­per Nin­tendo); Ally Camp­bell Smith (vo­cals, gui­tar, any­thing DIY); Jessie Fer­nan­dez (bass, back­ing vo­cals, mak­ing a toasted sand­wich); Paige X Cho (keys, Snapchat. That is all).

Name your three big­gest in­flu­ences. It varies for ev­ery­one in the band but three off the top of our heads would be

En­nio Mor­ri­cone, Pile, and R.E.M. What’s your pre-show

warm-up rou­tine? We love lis­ten­ing to Toto’s “Africa” in the

car with all the win­dows down. Tell us about your most

mem­o­rable show.

Groovin’ The Moo in 2012 was an awe­some show. We once also played a show where an abu­sive mem­ber of the au­di­ence climbed onto An­drew’s drum

kit re­sult­ing in a punch on. What band would you most like to

share the stage with? Peter Gabriel, so that we can duet on “Steam”. (Do your­self a favour and

watch the mu­sic video). What is your lat­est re­lease and why

should we buy it? Our new full-length BelowEmpty &

West­ward Bound is out now through Rice Is Nice. We think you should buy it

if you en­joy it!

Why are you go­ing to make it to the top over all the other con­tenders in the

mu­si­cal arena? We’ve been watch­ing Gla­di­a­tors for the

last 15 years.

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