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Q So, CHARM. OFFENSIVE released last week. How does that feel?
Yeah, good, good, good ... It’s quite funny when you release a record, because you don’t really know how people are gonna take it. And also whether people care and that sort of stuff, so it’s all good. But it’s just quite funny, it’s a funny day ... an emotional day (laughs).
Q You guys started out in the Dunedin scene, right?
Yeah, me and Mikey started in Dunedin, We were in a band called Carriage H ... We actually moved to Auckland, then back to Dunedin, then spent a good chunk between Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. Then we recorded with Steve Albini and the year after moved to America for a few years, then Europe for two years. For a good five or 10 years, we spent it touring around the world.
Q And why’s that? I mean there’s definitely perks to staying in one place, right?
Yeah, there is. At the same time, it was quite fun in hindsight, but it definitely took its toll. But yeah, I definitely like having a home.Q I imagine touring is kind of addictive.
Yeah, we all just kind of had to change tack initially, because it was like ‘Whoa, I don’t know if I really want to be doing this forever’. I look at other musicians from NZ and I’m quite envious that they still manage to have some kind of semblance of a real life rather than constantly being on tour.
Q How do you think the New Zealand/Dunedin music scene has changed?
I think it’s so much easier to stay in Dunedin than it was. The separation between Auckland and Dunedin is nothing anymore. Before people wouldn’t take you seriously unless you lived in Auckland or spent heaps of time up there. Now, you can just come and play gigs and live in Dunedin. But yeah, it’s definitely changed. It’s opened up. It’s awesome. I’m so jealous in hindsight.
Q Death and the Maiden are playing at the gig?
Yeah, and also the band Operation Rolling Thunder. We played a lot with them when we started and then also my and Mikey’s band before [Carriage H], we used to play a lot with Operation Rolling Thunder, so it’s really amazing they get to play with us. I’m so, so, so happy about that.
They’re like an awesome post rock band, really really good. I mean I haven’t seen them since 2005, but they were very good in 2005.
Q What should people expect from the gig?
I think they should expect a good time, I mean my shows in Dunedin are definitely my favourite shows. I really love playing in Dunedin. I also like getting heckled from Robbie, you should put that in the paper. It’s quite funny because it never gets old. For the full interview check out dunedinsound.com
See it, hear it
• Die! Die! Die! with Operation Rolling Thunder and Death and the Maiden, Friday, October 20, None Gallery. Tickets from undertheradar.co.nz or Relics Music.