FOR FANS OF: THE WONDER YEARS, GNARWOLVES, KNUCKLE PUCK
COLUMBUS? MORE LIKE COLOUR-BUS… RIGHT?!
Err, if you say so. Once you’re done making awful jokes, get acquainted with Brisbane’s hottest new alt. punk band.the trio have a past as colourful as the photo above, with their first-ever tour together being in China, where they played a gig on the Great Wall. No mosh-pits were incited, sadly, as they were aged 16 and playing as part of their school jazz band. Singer/ guitarist Alex Moses and drummer Dan Seymour met even earlier than that, when they were in primary school .“we started jamming in Dan’s living room, covering Green Day and writing songs,” remembers Alex. “They were pretty bad – the first one was called School’s Out ’cause school’s the only thing that’s important to you when you’re nine, or not important (laughs).”
TOURING IN A SCHOOL JAZZ BAND MUST BE QUITE DIFFERENT TO A PUNKROCK ONE…
“Yeah it’s completely different,” laughs the
“OUR SONGS HELP PEOPLE GET THROUGH THINGS…”
frontman, who is touring the UK with ROAM when we chat. “the school one was organised and this is like unorganised idiots that play guitar and try to organise each other
(laughs)!” Don’t be fooled, though, because these ‘unorganised idiots’ are currently juggling university with being in a band. they use the notoriously-long Aussie tour routes where “you’ve gotta drive like four-and-a-half days through a mountain of snakes to get to the next show” to do assignments. alex, who’s studying a law degree, wouldn’t mind being a rare example of a punk-rock-lawyer. “That’d be siiiiick,” he smiles.
SO, ALEX COULD GET US OFF AN UNPAID PARKING FINE – BUT WHAT’S HIS SONGWRITING LIKE? Rather amazing, actually. May we present Exhibit A (lifts up a ziplock bag with a copy of the three-piece’s debut, Spring Forever,
inside). the Fall Out Boy and Billy Talentinspired record’s name comes from spring being the best season in Australia (not too hot, apparently). “spring is like a metaphor for a time where everything is okay – as cheesy as it sounds.you may have been through the winter, but it’s gonna be spring,” he explains. His lyrics, however, cover everything from love, to loss, to mental health. “even if you don’t have a diagnosable mental illness or disorder, the ideas of anxiety or depression hit home to you at some point in your life.and that’s the place that I take inspiration from.” Importantly, the trio’s sound is melancholy, without being mopey. “a lot of people that enjoy our music say, ‘your songs are sad, but they helped me get through things.’” So, wanna be as happy as Columbus playing with powder paint? Then stick ’em on your stereo now…
(L – R): Ben Paynter (bass/backing vocals),alex Moses (vocals/guitar) and Daniel Seymour (drums)