Quintet shoot for jazz jams
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