Quin­tet shoot for jazz jams

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COM­BIN­ING their love for Nick Cave’s moody sto­ry­telling with gritty, dirty rock ’n’ roll, Syd­ney band Doc Hol­l­i­day Takes The Shot­gun rouse imag­i­na­tion and with their ram­bunc­tious spirit.

Front­man Jack and his cousin James Booker, Court­ney Print, Mike For­rai and Maxo Har­ri­son make up the quin­tet, who de­fine their sound as a mix­ture of ‘‘surfrock and swamp-swag­ger’’.

‘‘Swamp-swag­ger is ba­si­cally wear­ing gold chains and rid­ing boots,’’ says James.

‘‘We like a lot of old swamp sounds. Some peo­ple call us thrasha­billy.’’

Af­ter form­ing four years ago, Doc Hol­l­i­day Takes The Shot­gun took time to etch their sound, craft­ing their first five-track re­lease Boot Hill last year.

Fea­tur­ing ar­rest­ing vo­cals and fuzzy, foot-stomp­ing re­verbs, James says the EP cul­mi­nates with broody sto­ry­telling.

‘‘Jack loves sto­ry­telling and belt­ing out vo­cals,’’ he says. ‘‘A lot of the time his lyrics are just sto­ries, he is very fan­ci­ful with his writ­ing.

‘‘We all love Nick Cave. He’s such a king. His sound and lyrics are so au­then­tic. That’s what we want to do – be au­then­tic. We re­spect Nick Cave but we are not go­ing to bite him (by copy­ing him).’’

In Novem­ber last year, Doc Hol­l­i­day Takes The Shot­gun won the au­di­ence vote for best video in the

Dou­ble A-Side, Boot Hill.

‘‘ Boot Hill is punchy, faster, dancier and thrashier – we wanted to grab peo­ples at­ten­tion with the first record,’’ he says.

‘‘But now we are ex­per­i­ment­ing more with the next al­bum.

‘‘There will be jams be­tween each song.

‘‘It’s smarter and cooler. It will even be jazz­ier in song­writ­ing ap­proach, with­out the nor­mal hooks and cho­ruses. We want to do more mu­si­cally.’’

James says Doc Hol­l­i­day Takes The Shot­gun’s rau­cous live an­tics re­flect their care­free at­ti­tude to­wards mu­sic.

‘‘Our live show is wild. Jack is pretty hec­tic – he likes to get in­volved,’’ he says.

‘‘If the show is small enough we like to play in the crowd, right up next to peo­ple who are drink­ing beer. Jack likes to climb on to things. If some­one is there to see you play, they don’t mind if you are on stage or not.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

The Ot­tomans, Doc Hol­l­i­day Takes The Shot­gun and The Ether play Else­where Bar, Surfers Par­adise, tomorrow night.

Doc Hol­l­i­day Takes The Shot­gun

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