Otchkies in the groove
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.