Vandal can handle big birthday
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.