Alternative faves had a hum­ble start

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Tim Mayne

COMO KAR­NIVOOL lead gui­tarist Drew God­dard has some ad­vice for prospective mu­si­cians - sac­ri­fice, bet­ter your­self and play lots of gigs.

The band just celebrated 10 years since the re­lease of their pop­u­lar de­but al­bum The­mata, tour­ing the coun­try to thou­sands of ador­ing alternative mu­sic fans.

Even though they have gained a loyal world­wide fol­low­ing over the past decade, the ta­lented gui­tarist is quick to down­play their pop­u­lar­ity.

“If you say the name Kar­nivool, peo­ple of­ten don’t know who we are,” God­dard said.

“Most peo­ple know of Birds of Tokyo but they don’t know lead singer, Ian Kenny, is the same singer in our band.”

The 33-year-old mu­si­cian is cur­rently im­mers­ing him­self in the band’s small but heav­ily am­pli­fied stu­dio in Bayswa­ter writ­ing Karn­viool’s fourth al­bum.

While the mu­sic fra­ter­nity con­sid­ers him some­what of a gui­tar hero, God­dard said his mu­si­cal abil­i­ties had small be­gin­nings.

“I started lik­ing the same songs as every­one like John Farn­ham and R.E.M, then mum and dad made me to go pi­ano les­sons, but it wasn’t un­til I heard Nir­vana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit at home in Como that the bug bit me,” he said.

“I went to the same school as Ian (Col­lier Pri­mary School) and that’s how we met.”

God­dard joined a covers band with his older brother Paul, and Kenny in 1996, play­ing pop songs by bands such as the Bay City Rollers and the Kinks.

“It was when I met Ian that he started in­tro­duc­ing me to bands like Slayer, Sepul­tura and Nir­vana, that re­ally flipped the switch for me,” he said.

“We formed a band play­ing cover songs with Ian singing, my brother play­ing gui­tar and me on drums - one of our ma­jor gigs was play­ing at Col­lier Pri­mary School’s 50th an­niver­sary.”

It was dur­ing this pe­riod God­dard to­tally im­mersed him­self in mu­sic.

“I started dress­ing grungy and I threw my ten­nis racket and cricket bat away and I wanted to play gui­tar and drums and it was ba­si­cally in high school where Kar­nivool started,” he said.

“I started as the bass player, then I started writ­ing songs and we got a new bass player and a new drum­mer.”

The cur­rent line-up was com­pleted some years later when sec­ond gui­tarist Mark Hosk­ing joined the band.

Kar­nivool have now re­leased three albums, and God­dard said ma­te­rial for a new al­bum, due some­time next year, sounded promis­ing.

The band’s big­gest crowds to date, out­side the Big Day Out, have been in Moscow and In­dia, where they drew 9000 peo­ple.

But he said fame came at a cost.

“The only prob­lem with be­ing in a band is the money is bad, peo­ple don’t buy records any­more. I am lucky I can make a liv­ing from it, it can be very hard to sus­tain your­self,” he said.

Found­ing mem­ber and gui­tarist Drew God­dard.

Kar­nivool ham it up dur­ing some down time on a tour of In­dia.

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