Van­dal can han­dle big birth­day

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

T’S been 13 years since Nancy Van­dal re­leased an al­bum but front­man Fox Trot­sky reck­ons the rau­cous Syd­ney band can still bring the punk.

The quin­tet is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary this year with the re­lease of new al­bum Flog­ging A Dead Phoenix.

Trot­sky jokes Nancy Van­dal have a new strat­egy to re­lease an al­bum ev­ery 13 years: ‘‘That way peo­ple stay in­ter­ested – oth­er­wise you can burn them out.’’

Blend­ing garage-punk with Mo­tor­head riffs and ‘‘a glue sniff­ing brass sec­tion’’, Flog­ging A Dead Phoenix is the long-awaited fol­low-up to 1999’s I’ve Wasted My Life.

Trot­sky says Nancy Van­dal named the al­bum Flog­ging A Dead Phoenix as they are mind­ful of dwelling on the past.

‘‘We are con­scious of be­ing old and flog­ging a dead horse. I like to keep ex­pec­ta­tions low and over-de­liver. We might not be as fast as we used to be but we still have the en­ergy,’’ he says.

Punk band Nancy Van­dal

Par­tially crowd-funded, Trot­sky says the flavour of the record is ‘‘fast and fu­ri­ous’’.

‘‘It’s like mid­dle-aged fury – not that we are fu­ri­ous. We like to keep it fresh and spon­ta­neous,’’ he says.

‘‘We wanted it to have the en­ergy of the ear­lier al­bums – fast and en­er­getic.’’

While the 13-year gap be­tween al­bums might be ev­i­dent to some old timers’ ears, Trot­sky says Nancy Van­dal’s core is still ev­i­dent.

‘‘The new al­bum is my favourite bits of what we used to sound like. It’s new and old,’’ he says.

‘‘One con­stant is the lyrics are still stupid. Writ­ing to me is like telling a joke. It’s that level of try­ing to make peo­ple laugh and make things rhyme. Peo­ple can in­ter­pret it any­way they want to. It’s still about hav­ing a good time.’’

Another con­stant for Nancy Van­dal is their on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with their fan­base. Trot­sky says the five­piece have al­ways been ‘‘re­ally fran­tic pro­mot­ers of our own stuff’’.

‘‘We used to have a mail­ing list, pre-in­ter­net age, where we would send out let­ters and stuff,’’ he says.

‘‘I guess now you no­tice how much eas­ier it is to do those sort of things. Now we live all over the coun­try but we are able to write and record and learn stuff. To get a video out there is so much eas­ier – you don’t have to go through Rage.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

Nancy Van­dal, 1.1.1 and Spike City play the Mi­ami Tav­ern on Satur­day night.

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