Otchkies in the groove

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Otchkies (pic­tured) may look like they’re from a by­gone era, but the quin­tet – who were all born in 1990 – are very happy to be liv­ing in 2013. Drum­mer and ‘‘elec­tric jug player’’ An­gus Dowl­ing says the psy­che­delic out­fit think of them­selves as the flower chil­dren of their gen­er­a­tion. ‘‘Ev­ery­one should re­alise that in this gen­er­a­tion we can do and be any­thing we want – it’s a col­lec­tive un­con­scious­ness,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s not about trends or styles of mu­sic. It doesn’t mat­ter what used to be. We need to move for­ward. I wouldn’t want to be trans­ported back to a dif­fer­ent era – 2013 has it all.’’ The Otchkies will re­lease their self-ti­tled de­but al­bum this year, a record Dowl­ing de­scribes as a sum­mer mix­tape. ‘‘We all had the same dream to cre­ate mu­sic that we want to hear,’’ he says. ‘‘The songs aren’t joined. It’s like putting a good iPod on shuf­fle. Our al­bum takes you to dif­fer­ent spa­ces of mind. It’s slow and fast.’’ The Otchkies’ de­but will be re­leased only on vinyl and Dowl­ing says he has sourced stock­ists to sell the record around Aus­tralia and in Bali and the US. ‘‘We have never done a sin­gle, EP, demo or any­thing – this is it,’’ he says. ‘‘Lyri­cally, the record is about love. We are not preach­ers. We are all in love and we want to be sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful peo­ple all the time.’’ Dowl­ing says The Otchkies – who live be­tween the Coast and Mur­willum­bah – share cre­ative du­ties. ‘‘We all take turns do­ing the posters for gigs and stuff. We have all had a go at paint­ing the cover of the al­bum,’’ he says. ‘‘We also all write songs to­gether. We have the same di­rec­tion and lis­ten to same mu­sic. We also dress off each other.’’ The Otchkies’ rad­i­cal style of dress­ing was some­thing that lead to the band mem­bers ini­tially be­com­ing friends. ‘‘We are as in­flu­enced by the ’60s and ’70s as much as we are Aus­tralian surf­ing cul­ture and San­tana and all that,’’ says Dowl­ing. ‘‘We never sat down and de­cided on an era to bring back or any­thing like that; it was just a unan­i­mous love for groovy mu­sic that makes us move our hips. It was also the dis­taste for any­thing in the line of mod­ern elec­tronic noise sim­u­la­tions such as synths and other robot toys that play the mu­sic for you.’’

The Otchkies, The Walking Who and The Chitticks play Else­where Bar, in Surfers Par­adise, to­mor­row night.

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